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The news to 29 September 2013   Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova has gone on hunger strike over conditions at her Siberian prison. Tolokonnikova described her complaint in a letter published in The Guardian and elsewhere: “The living and working-condition violations at PC-14 are endless. However, my main and most important grievance is bigger than any … Continue reading

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The news to 8 September 2013 The government’s candidate won mayoral elections in Moscow, with an expected 52% of the popular vote. Turnout, however, appeared significantly lower than in previous elections, at around 30%. Opposition candidate, Alexei Navalny, won between 29-32% of the vote – a better than expected showing. With a prison sentence due … Continue reading

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The news to 1 September 2013 Four paintings by Russian artist Konstantin Altunin have been confiscated by the police in St. Petersburg for unspecified reasons. One of them shows Russian president Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear. The artist has left the country to seek political asylum in France. Source: BBC News One of Russia’s richest … Continue reading

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The news to 26 August 2013 Belarus arrested the Russian Chief Executive of Ukrali, a potash producer. Vladislav Baumgertner was traveling to meet Belarus’ Prime Minister when detained. A video of him being searched later appeared on state television, suggesting that the arrest was revenge for the affront caused when Russia withdrew from a cartel … Continue reading