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Russia’s history wars: access to the truth restricted – again

Russia’s history wars: access to the truth restricted – again | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The trial of Mikhail Suprun has become the latest cause célèbre in Russia’s continuing history wars. A trumped up charge, a sloppily worded article in the Criminal Code: the case should never have come to court. Now the verdict is about to be handed down – though the expected bad publicity is being kept for after the election – and access to the truth is once more restricted, says Catriona Bass.

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Will Russia Bog Down in Syria?

Will Russia Bog Down in Syria? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In an unfortunate exercise of naval muscle-flexing, a flotilla of Russian warships will be sent to the anchorage and naval base of Tartus in Syria for a port call next spring, led by the only Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov.
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Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran

Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Iran condemns sanctions targeting financial sector as 'futile, repetitious efforts' and a 'show of hostility' by Western nations.
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South Ossetia Divided Over Its Post-Kokoity Future

Separatist South Ossetia, best known as Russia and Georgia's 2008 battlefield, is undecided about its future.
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In the backyard of Russia’s oil paradise

In the backyard of Russia’s oil paradise | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Pavlovo village was once a quiet backwater in the forest-steppe of Perm Region. In 1997, however, ecological disaster struck, with oil and chemicals entering the local river and food chain. The culprits of the catastrophe were both rich and obvious, but justice was a long while in coming, writes Roman Yushkov

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Turkish Chechen mystery deepens

Turkish Chechen mystery deepens | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Russian investigators confirm two Chechens shot dead in Turkey were being linked to the bombing of a Moscow airport in January.
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SYRIA: U.N. veto not a 'blank check,' Russian official says

SYRIA: U.N. veto not a 'blank check,' Russian official says | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria: Moscow’s veto last week of a U.N. Security Council resolution targeting Syria was not a “blank check” for the government of President Bashar Assad, a senior Russian official said Monday.
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Anna: five years on | openDemocracy

Anna: five years on | openDemocracy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Five years ago today, on 7 October 2006, investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s was found murdered in her apartment block. Colleague Yelena Milashina remembers that fateful day.

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Moscow protest after Russia vote

Moscow protest after Russia vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Several thousand people take to the streets of Moscow shouting "Down with Putin" after international observers criticise the election.
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Russian war ships to patrol Syrian waters to prevent U.S. military interference

Russian war ships to patrol Syrian waters to prevent U.S. military interference | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Three Russian warships have entered Syrian territorial waters, Russian wire services reported on Tuesday.
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A face in the crowd: the FSB is watching you!

A face in the crowd: the FSB is watching you! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

President Medvedev has made much of Russia’s need for modernisation and advanced technology. One project piloted in some Moscow metro stations involves face recognition using biometric technology. This can clearly be used as protection against terrorism, but given that the organisation which commissioned the project is the FSB, information gained could also be used for other purposes, say Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

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Russia: The TV News Story That Slipped by the Censors' for a While

Russia: The TV News Story That Slipped by the Censors' for a While | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A report on torture in Chechnya surprised Russian viewers — in part of the country anyway.
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Where have all Russia's citizens gone?

Where have all Russia's citizens gone? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Russian political observers have been titillated by Medvedev’s announcement that he will not be running for president. But what were they expecting? Andrei Konchalovsky was under no illusions: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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Uzbekistan: Murder in Russia Takes Wind Out of Uzbek Opposition Group’s Sails

When Uzbek émigrés created a new opposition group last May in Berlin called the Popular Movement of Uzbekistan (PMU), they hoped it would mark the start of a process that replicated the experiences in...
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Russia’s Syria game

A few weeks ago, a senior Russian official assured me that his government wouldn’t block “a strong resolution” in support of the uprising in Syria.
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