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Human Rights: Russian Laws Keep Gay Life Behind Closed Doors

  MOSCOW — Saint Petersburg has long been seen as Russia’s most liberal city.  But now it may be leading a national movement to ban public displays of gay life across Russia. When gay rights activists recently released a rainbow

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Internet Opens Russia for Democracy Movement

Russia’s protest movement grew and got organized with speed that startled many in the political establishment. Russia’s uncensored Internet allows people to communicate, coordinate and raise money for rallies, all through their computers. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is running for

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Art Blooms in Russia Against Gray Political Backdrop

Source: VOA Russia’s authoritarian politics may be gray and conservative. But Russia modern art scene is colorful and eccentric.   A Lenin head is offered up on a dinner table. A pig-like policeman swills a bottle of vodka. And a

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Jan 12, 1943: Soviet Forces Penetrate the Siege of Leningrad

On this day, Soviet troops create a breach in the German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for a year and a half. The Soviet forces punched a hole in the siege, which ruptured the German encirclement and allowed for

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