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Will Wright

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Grand Theft Auto and More: The Grim Reality of Life in ‘Donetsk People's Republic’

Documents leaked this summer by 'Anonymous International' depict a living hell for civilians in the separatist-controlled territories of eastern Ukraine.

Russia's Democratic Coalition Is On The Ropes

The Democratic Coalition has recently been barred from various regional elections this September, as its grand ambitions have collided full force with the harsh reality of politics in Putin's Russia.

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

Muscovites Protest Placement of Giant St. Vladimir Monument

In Russia, citizen activism has halted construction, for now, of a gigantic statue honoring 10th century ruler Saint Vladimir atop Moscow's Sparrow Hills.

That Rare Moment When a Moscow Opposition Leader Visits Siberia

Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny made a rare trip outside Moscow on Sunday, arriving in Novosibirsk for a boisterous public meeting ahead of primary elections.

Is Vladimir Kara-Murza's Hospitalization a Fluke or Part of a Violent Pattern?

A Russian political activist remains in critical condition after suddenly collapsing in his office last week, the day after his organization aired a hard-hitting exposé on lawlessness in Chechnya.

Russia's Indefatigable Absurdists

Every year on May 1, thousands of Russians stage a public celebration of absurdity in a handful of cities across Siberia called "Monstration."

Russia's Democratic Opposition Is Trying to Unite and the Road Ahead Is Bumpy

Two of Russia’s leading opposition parties recently announced the formation a "democratic alliance" with plans to run on a joint ticket in upcoming regional and national elections.

‘Anonymous International’ Wants You to Think the Kremlin Can Hide Nothing

'Anonymous International' continues to leak confidential government correspondence in Russia, while the group's methods and motivations remain shrouded in mystery.

Tsarist Russia Bans Internet Porn

A Russian court in Tatarstan has banned 136 porn sites, and the language of its ruling implies that all Internet porn is hereby against the law.

Who the Hell Keeps Leaking Kremlin Correspondence?

Russia's mysterious data-leaking group Anonymous International strikes again, releasing thousands of private messages allegedly belonging to the official who helped shape the Putin Administration's domestic policy from 2012 to 2014.

Russian Journalists, You're Now Being Ranked in Real Time

A new online service launched that ranks Russian-language journalists according to the amount of social-media traffic their articles generate.

8-Year-Old Ukrainian Girl Is War's Latest Victim

A Ukrainian armored vehicle ran onto a sidewalk on Monday, killing a eight-year-old girl in a terrible tragedy that led to rioting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka.

Who Killed Nemtsov? Chechen Cops or Kremlin Cops?

The charging of Chechens with Nemtsov's murder and comments by Ramzan Kadyrov on Instagram revived speculation that Nemtsov was killed for supporting Charlie Hebdo. But the Russian Internet remains unconvinced.

Nemtsov's Son Studies at a University Where the Vice Dean Welcomed His Murder

A vicious reaction on VKontakte to Boris Nemtsov's murder has cost the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology's vice dean his job.

Duma Deputies Challenge Food Import Ban, and President Putin

In a challenge to the power of the Russian presidency, five State Duma deputies recently proposed legislation aimed at rolling back Russia's ban on Western food imports.

Meet Russia's New Activists, the Anti-Maidan Movement

When Moscow witnessed mass protests in the winter of 2011-2012, organizations like Nashi and Young Guard exerted little or no influence on events. Will Anti-Maidan be different?

The Minsk Summit 2.0

Social media users in Russia and around the world closely followed the diplomatic summit in Minsk through the night on Wednesday.

Putin's Daughter Can No Longer Hide from the Internet

The combination of a newspaper's investigation, a journalist's sharp eye, and an anonymous source have the dance moves of Putin's younger daughter making international news.

Russian Opposition to Test Putin's Popularity Amid Financial Crisis

The Russian opposition has announced plans for a march that may gauge public support for an associated list of "anti-crisis" measures in light of recent economic and foreign policy developments.

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