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Putin Briefs Ministers on Implementing Unified Cultural Policy

Putin Briefs Ministers on Implementing Unified Cultural Policy | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The Russian president has briefed his ministers on the development of policies aimed at implementing the government's new strategy on cultural policy.
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Russia's Original Sin

Russia's Original Sin | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
You could sense the young Boris Nemtsov's apprehension and ambivalence two decades ago as Russia hurtled into a full-blown constitutional crisis.

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Putin Bans Foreign Accounts for State Officials

Putin Bans Foreign Accounts for State Officials | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Tuesday a bill that bans scores of Russian officials from keping their money in foreign banks, but allows them to own property abroad.    
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S.Russia Regional Court Upholds School Headscarf Ban

S.Russia Regional Court Upholds School Headscarf Ban | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
A court in southern Russia upheld school uniform requirements on Friday banning students from wearing headdresses that the Muslim minority in the region says discriminates against them.
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With Steven Seagal in tow, Putin pushes for Soviet-era phys-ed revival

With Steven Seagal in tow, Putin pushes for Soviet-era phys-ed revival | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The Russian president said that a revival of the Soviet-era mass physical training program, albeit in a less ideological form, is necessary for the health of his country's children.
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Putin inauguration: World view of a Russian feeling dissed

Putin inauguration: World view of a Russian feeling dissed | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
As the second presidential inauguration of Vladimir Putin approaches, a former correspondent who once worked for him looks at the world view of the Russian iron man.
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Putin Creates Agency To Restore Russia's National Pride

Putin Creates Agency To Restore Russia's National Pride | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new agency to restore national pride and foster feelings of patriotism among Russians.
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Profile: Vladimir Putin

Profile: Vladimir Putin | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
BBC News profiles Vladimir Putin, the strongman leader heading for a third term as Russia's president.
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Russia formally grabs WTO seat

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In hopes of spurring economic growth, Russia joins the World Trade Organisation after a near two-decade wait.
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Anti-Putin Feminist Punk Rockers on Trial in Moscow

Anti-Putin Feminist Punk Rockers on Trial in Moscow | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The trial of feminist punk rockers who chanted a "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin from a pulpit inside Russia's largest cathedral started in Moscow on Friday amid controversy over the prank that divided devout believers, Kremlin...
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Mr. Tardy-pants: Got an appointment with Vladimir Putin? Better bring a book.

Mr. Tardy-pants: Got an appointment with Vladimir Putin? Better bring a book. | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
It doesn't matter if you're a business leader, a prime minister, royalty, or even the pope: Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps everyone waiting, sometimes for hours.
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Russia and China, Challenges for Liberal Democracy

Russia and China, Challenges for Liberal Democracy | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The optimistic Western cliché is that China and Russia will evolve to embrace liberal democracy. It is what those who do business with these nations want to believe. But what if they do not?
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Main Amendments to Laws on Rallies

Main Amendments to Laws on Rallies | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The State Duma has made a number of amendments to documents regulating the organization of mass events.
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Litvinenko inquiry: the proof Russia was involved in dissident's murder - Telegraph

Litvinenko inquiry: the proof Russia was involved in dissident's murder - Telegraph | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
National Security Agency (NSA) obtained communications between key individuals in London and Moscow from the time that Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive material

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Thousands protest in Moscow, in attempt to reinvigorate opposition to Putin government

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MOSCOW – Thousands of protesters crowded a square in central Moscow on Monday to demand political freedoms and an end to corruption, in an attempt to inject new life into Russia’s flagging opposition movement.
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Russian exile Berezovsky dies in UK

Russian exile Berezovsky dies in UK | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Exiled Russian tycoon and former Kremlin power-broker Boris Berezovsky has been found dead at his home outside London.
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China leader Xi begins Russia visit

China leader Xi begins Russia visit | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Xi Jinping arrives in Russia on the first stop of his maiden overseas tour as president of China, with a visit to Africa to follow.
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Report leaked by Putin ally says ruling party actually lost in 2011

Report leaked by Putin ally says ruling party actually lost in 2011 | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Leaks about the report, which says the Communists won the 2011 parliamentary elections, suggest a power struggle could be going on among Russia's elite - and perhaps involving Putin.
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Russian Summer

Russian Summer | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
At the dacha, the soul of Russia--and its cultural divide--is on display. In vacation cottages the women are in housedresses. The men, Speedos and rubber boots. They brood, plant, party, and restore their souls.

 

The dacha (a seasonal second home or a vacation spot) is incredibly important in Russia.  It is is estimated that over 50% of city residences in Russia own a dacha as a way to culturally connect with the countryside.  This is a nice glimpse into that life. 


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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 2014 12:02 PM

This is definitely a part of the country/cultural side of Russia. Bathing with animals and in lakes like this is definitely not a part of urban Russia. Throughout societies, there is always an urge to live a different lifestyle. In this country, the residents are given an option to live both countryside Russian life and urban Russian life.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, October 27, 2014 9:07 AM

“Everyone in Russia has a dacha story”. Dachas are small, summer cottages and cabins that over half of Russia’s population owns. While many people in the United States have this mental image of Russians as drunk, stern, communists, the dacha shows insight to a life much more similar to ours than many people would probably imagine. Russians use dachas as a form of escape, in the same way that many Americans visit a beach house or a mountain cabin in the summer. The need to escape and break through the rut of the daily grind is something that transcends ethnicity or nationality. The need to leave our concrete jungles for the simplicities and feeling of completeness offered by the natural environment is something much more  primordial.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 2014 9:12 PM

Everyone in Russia has a dacha story. It may be a trace of childhood memory like playing ball late into evening by a sun that won’t set, gathering pinecones to perfume the fire, or swimming in an icy pond. It may be quietly romantic, a first love that fades with the season or blossoms into marriage. An older woman tells of coming home from work to find her husband in bed with her best friend. She kicked him out and, with retirement looming and no husband, wondered, What will I do now? The answer was the dacha she bought for 500 rubles, with a forest nearby for mushroom hunting, a lake, and a garden. “The dacha saved my life,” she says. Sweet or bitter, lighthearted or dark, the story always takes place in summer. A dacha, after all, is a summer cottage.

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Russia faces to watch: Alexei Navalny

Russia faces to watch: Alexei Navalny | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The anti-corruption blogger who has become an unofficial leader of the opposition.
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Podcast: Russia's 'Culture Wars'

Podcast: Russia's 'Culture Wars' | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
In this week's edition of the Power Vertical podcast, Brian Whitmore and Kirill Kobrin discuss Russia's cultural wars and the emerging schism in society.

 

An emboldened Orthodox Church has become markedly more assertive in defending what it considers traditional values. Meanwhile, much of Russian society has become more cosmopolitan, more tolerant, and bolder in its own right.

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Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail for Stunt Against Putin | World | TIME.com

Pussy Riot Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail for Stunt Against Putin | World | TIME.com | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
(MOSCOW) -- Members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail after a Russian judge found them guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history.
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If you can’t suppress them, squeeze them

If you can’t suppress them, squeeze them | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
BEFORE the Russian Duma broke for its annual summer holiday on July 13th, it had an important agenda to get through.
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Russian crackdown on dissent goes virtual

Russian crackdown on dissent goes virtual | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
In its most recent attempt to quell dissent, Russia adopted a new Internet bill that appears aimed at restricting public debate.
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The History of a Yukos CEO | Russia | RIA Novosti

The History of a Yukos CEO | Russia | RIA Novosti | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

collection of articles chronicling the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of Mikhail Khordorkovsky and his oppostion to the Kremlin.

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