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Road rage against self-declared VIP in Moscow

About a thousand officials in Russia have the right to use flashing lights on their cars. But many more use it without being allowed, and blatantly ignore traffic rules, driving on the wrong side of the road, passing through red lights and generally being a danger to other road users. To highlight this problem, a Russian businessman filmed himself blocking the Mercedes of an official driving the wrong way down a street in Moscow. Read more…

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Moscow attacks in amateur images

Two explosions ripped through the central metro stations of Lubyanka and Park Kultury at rush hour this morning, killing at least 37 people. As the day wears on, increasingly graphic images are emerging on the Web. Read more…

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Latvia's Soviet ghost town auctioned off to Russian pig farmers

A ghost town in Latvia that hosted giant Soviet radars has been auctioned off to a mysterious Russian investor for more than ten times the asking price. The buyer? A company registered as pig farmers at an address in Samara Oblast, over 2,000 kilometres away. Read more...

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Moscow, both hated and helpless in Kaliningrad

Russia's westernmost city staged the biggest anti-Moscow protests in a decade on Sunday. But while similar demonstrations across the rest of the country saw the swift deployment of riot police, in the distant Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad Oblast, the authorities were left helpless in the face of an estimated 10,000 protestors. Read more...

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An extreme way to rid yourself of sin…

If you were told that jumping in a lake on a -25°C day was holy, would you take the plunge? That's what 30,000 Moscovites did on Tuesday for the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. Read more and see the photos...

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Moscow hackers replace ads with porn

A giant roadside screen in Moscow which usually displays advertisements was hacked on Thursday (Jan. 14). For two minutes, the screen showed graphic scenes from an adult film, which according to local press, caused a temporary traffic build up as passers-by slowed down to watch.

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Olympic Sochi port destroyed in storm

The Russian city of Sochi, set to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, was hit by a violent storm earlier this week, destroying a half-finished port, being built for the specific purpose of serving the delivery of construction materials for the games.

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Amateur video reveals chaos of fatal nightclub inferno

The sinister details of an inferno that took hold of a Russian nightclub on Friday night are emerging from the central city of Perm. Outdoor fireworks used indoors, only one exit, and no automatic fire extinguishing system led to the deaths of 118 people. One of the people who managed to escape filmed the panicked evacuation. Read more and see the clip.

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Who’s dumb – the Americans, the Russians, or the questions being asked?

Everybody's seen the video clips of Americans answering general knowledge questions, and generally, getting them wrong. A pair of Russians decided to do the same thing, to show that "dumb" people can be found anywhere, if you ask the right questions. Read more and see the clip...

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Corruption, bribes, forged evidence – confessions of a Russian officer

A senior Russian police officer who dared to denounce the corruption of his colleagues in a YouTube video has been fired just two days after his confession. Read more and watch the video...

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