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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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Biggest ever forklift truck boo boo

Since it was posted on Russian site Scandalim on Tuesday, this video has exploded on the Russian web.

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The cinema that turned into a church

In an attempt to do away with religion, Soviet Russia turned its churches into swimming pools, warehouses and sobering-up clinics. Now, the trend is being reversed - schools, cinemas and hotels are being transformed into churches by Orthodox parishioners. Read more and see the photos...

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Pro-Kremlin election observer rants about “merry-go-round” fraud

Allegations of election fraud in Russia are not uncommon. But they usually come from the opposition. This video, of a slightly irate, somewhat drunk, pro-Kremlin election observer in Moscow, has become one of the most talked about subjects in the Russian blogosphere, after he disclosed the ruling party's "secrets" of fraud. Read more....

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"Gazprom, get your phallus out of St Petersburg"

Thousands of St Petersburg residents took to the streets on Saturday to protest plans to build a 400-metre skyscraper in the historic centre of the city. Despite widespread opposition however, the future home of Russian energy giant Gazprom is already being built. Read more...

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