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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 28 July 2013.  Ukraine celebrates the 1,025th anniversary of the conversion of Kyivan Rus’ to Christianity. The leaders of prominent Orthodox societies have arrived in Kyiv, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will use the occasion to hold a succession of bilateral talks. Source: RFE/RL The two jailed members of Pussy Riot have … Continue reading

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The news to 22 July. Photo sourced from DBDuophotography Less than 24 hours after his embezzlement conviction, Aleksei Navalny, was released from custody. The Russian opposition leader is free to run as a Moscow mayoral candidate until his appeal has been heard. Source: The New York Times The US–Russia standoff over former security contractor Edward … Continue reading

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The news to 8 March 2013. Happy International Women’s Day. 5 March: Moldova‘s government fell after 54 of 101 deputies voted with a no-confidence motion sponsored by the Communist Party. The administration had been hit by scandals, but the Communist Party objected to the pace of European integration. An Association Agreement may not now be … Continue reading