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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu

Kremlin To Create New Army Divisions

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on May 4 that Moscow will set up three new military divisions in the west and south of the country by the end of 2016 in response to what he called “the buildup of NATO forces in close proximity to Russia's borders." More

Fourth Suspect Caught In High-Profile Murder Of Russian Police Chief

Russian investigators say a fourth suspect in the murder of a high-ranking police officer and five of his relatives has been apprehended. More

The leader of the so-called Night Wolves gang, Aleksandr Zaldostanov, has raised hackles by saying "Belarus is Russia."

Night Wolves Leader Draws Ire In Belarus

The leader of the opposition Belarusian Popular Front party (BNF), Alyaksey Yanukevich, has officially demanded that the prosecutor-general ban Russia's pro-Putin motorcycle gang on grounds that it is an extremist organization. More

Police Kill Three Suspected Militants In Russia's Daghestan

Russian authorities say they have killed three militants in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan. More

The Daily Vertical: Spain Pulls Off Putin's Mask (Transcript)

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. More

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Flower Politics: In Moscow, No Wreath For 'Hero City' Kyiv Ahead of Victory Day

In the run-up to celebrations marking the defeat of Nazi Germany, a memorial in Moscow to Kyiv's heroism is conspicuously without flowers.
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Video Putin's Chief Motorcyclist Fails Soviet History Class

The head of the pro-Putin Night Wolves motorcycle gang seemed surprised on May 1 to hear that Stalin's Soviet Union was a co-aggressor with Nazi Germany during the first months of World War II. Assertion of this fact, he said, was evidence of "the mess in some people's heads."
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Investigating Money And Power, Prokhorov's RBC Seen In Firing Line

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov's RBC media holding has shot to prominence with investigations into Vladimir Putin's inner circle. Now it appears to be coming under official pressure.
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Names Of Russia's Elite Vanish From Public Property Records

As Kremlin foes continue to dig up evidence of luxury properties held by top officials and their family members , the names of Russia's ruling elite are vanishing from public property records in what activists believe is a deliberate -- and illegal -- attempt to hide corruption and cronyism.
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An 85-Year-Old Pensioner Is Russia's Most Unlikely Dissident

A pensioner from southern Russia made headlines earlier this month by filing a lawsuit that named President Vladimir Putin as an "enemy of the people" and calling for his removal. Now everyone wants to know what motivates him.
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Video The Daily Vertical: Spain Pulls Off Putin's Mask

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video The Daily Vertical: No Laughing, It's Moscow

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.


Video 'Martians' And 'Free Insults' At Absurd Parade In Russia

Wacky costumes and weird signs were on display at a parade in the Russian city of Novosibirsk. Artists and others gathered for the May 1 event to express their creative freedom and absurd sense of humor. Local police, however, were not amused. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video The Daily Vertical: The Ghosts Of December 2011

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.


Photogallery In Her World: Living With Autism In Russia

At first sight, six-year-old Vera Bondik doesn't seem like an unusual child. She looks just like other children her age. The difference is that she will never make eye contact with you, talk to you, or listen to you. She lives in her own world, which no one else can enter. Vera is autistic.

Video Putin Sells Everything from Coffee To Carpets

Despite massive economic problems and alleged corruption, Putin remains wildly popular with rank-and-file Russians.


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