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Note To Readers: This is the first attempt at an occasional feature in which I will post links to some stories in the Russian media that caught my attention for one reason or another. I will try to mix it up with both Russian and English-language content. Some may turn into fodder for later posts. Some won't. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Xenophobia And Corruption
"Vedomosti" editorial say the Moscow police response to the December 11 nationalist riots in downtown Moscow was lackluster. Read it here in Russian.

Left! Right! Radical!
And Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev mistakenly blamed the December 11 riots on "Leftist youth." Gregory Durnovo sets the record straight in a "Yezhednevny Zhurnal" commentary. Read it here in Russian.

Football, Racism, And Russia
With Russia set to host the 2018 World Cup, Tom Balmforth notes that it has few sanctions in place to combat racism among fans. Read it here in English.

The Riots On Video
James at Robert Amsterdam's blog posts a disturbing video with commentary. Read it here in English (vid in Russian)

Power In The Provinces
Medvedev signs decree giving regional leaders more control over security services. Skeptics are, well, skeptical. "Gazeta.ru" and "Nezavisimaya gazeta" weigh in. Read it here and here in Russian

ResetLeaks And The WikiTandem
Vladimir Frolov and Viktor Davidoff comment in "The Moscow Times" on how the WikiLeaks revelations are playing in the Russian political arena, and how they may effect U.S.-Russian relations. Read it here and here in English.

Requiem For A Speaker
Is Sergei Mironov on his way out? "Nezavisimaya gazeta" has all the hot speculation. Read it here in Russian.

Petersburg. Petrograd. Leningrad. Petersburg.
As the St. Petersburg authorities abandon plans to build a controversial skyscraper, Mikhail Berg contemplates the city's complex political culture. Read it here in Russian.

Bombing Speculation
Robert Amsterdam weighs in on the bombings in Tbilisi. Is there a Russian angle? Read it here in English.

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