Russia

11:32am

Wed March 27, 2013
Europe

In Crackdown, Some Russian Groups Labeled As 'Foreign Agents'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:55 pm

The chief of Amnesty International Russia, Sergei Nikitin, at his Moscow office on March 25, after Russian prosecutors and tax police carried out a search. The group is one of many that have been searched under a new law that critics say is being used to stifle dissent.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Russian investigators have descended on the offices of nongovernmental organizations across the country, demanding to inspect financial records and other documents.

This follows the recent passage of a law designed to impose tighter controls over these NGOs, especially those that receive funding from abroad. Critics say it's part of a broader crackdown on dissent since Vladimir Putin regained the presidency last year.

The offices of the human rights group Memorial are still abuzz after a team of government inspectors paid an unannounced visit

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9:40am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Raids In Russia On Foreign NGOs Spark International Concern

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:44 pm

The Moscow offices of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and several other NGOs have been searched in recent weeks by Russian prosecutors and tax inspectors, prompting concern over what is being viewed by some as a "concerted action" against the groups.

Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that officials from the prosecutor general's office and tax police were conducting an "unannounced audit" and demanding documents.

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5:15am

Wed March 27, 2013
Europe

Winter Olympic Organizers Worry About Snow Shortage

In Russia, they've started stockpiling snow for 2014 after an unusually warm winter in the city of Sochi. The snow is being stored high up in the mountains, and coated with a "special thermo seal" to prevent it from melting.

7:10am

Tue March 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Police: Berezovsky's Death 'Consistent With Hanging'

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:39 am

Boris Berezovsky outside a London court in August.
Warrick Page Getty Images

Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian tycoon whose body was found at his U.K. home over the weekend, died from hanging in an apparent suicide, British authorities now say.

"The results of the postmortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging," the Thames Valley Police said in a statement Tuesday, adding that there were no signs of a violent struggle.

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2:37pm

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

China Reportedly To Buy Russian Subs, Fighter Jets

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:59 pm

Russian MiG-29 (top), MiG-35 (left) and Su-35 (right) perform at an air show outside Moscow, in 2011.
Dmitry Kostyukov AFP/Getty Images

China has reportedly signed a deal to buy new submarines and Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, the first such arms deal in nearly a decade.

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