Russia

8:33am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Russian Punk Musicians Await Sentence For 'Protest Prayer'

Madonna has scrawled the band's name across her back. The mayor of Reykjavik has dressed up like a band member. And Paul McCartney has written three imprisoned members to offer them his full support.

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1:50pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Europe

Russia Charges Leading Dissident With Embezzlement

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:54 pm

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media as he arrives for questioning at the headquarters of the Russian Investigation committee in Moscow on Monday.
Misha Japaridze AP

Government prosecutors in Russia have brought criminal charges against a leading dissident, Alexei Navalny.

Navalny writes a popular blog that points to alleged corruption in the Russian government, and he helped lead the anti-government protests in Moscow this past winter.

He says the charges — that he stole timber from a state-owned company — are part of a campaign to crack down on opposition by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime.

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2:47pm

Mon July 30, 2012
The Record

Feminist Punk Band, Imprisoned For Five Months, Gets Next Gig: Russian Courtroom

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 3:46 pm

Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Nadezha Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (center) and Maria Alyokhina, at a hearing in Moscow court on Monday.
Andrey Smirnov Getty Images

After more than five months in prison, some Russian dissidents are getting their day in court. The three young women are accused of being members of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band that staged a protest against then presidential-candidate Vladimir Putin in February.

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11:02am

Thu July 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How A 'Google Bomb' Improved Russia's HIV Drug Supply

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 2:25 pm

Activist Alexandra Volgina (right) accepts the Red Ribbon Award at the 19th International AIDS Conference for her grassroots group Patients in Control, which has worked to improve HIV treatment programs in Russia.
Ryan Rayburn IAS

In countries where censorship is part of daily life, speaking out against the government often requires innovative tactics. No one knows this better than Russian activist Alexandra Volgina.

A few years ago, Volgina, an HIV-positive mother from St. Petersburg, wanted the Russian Ministry of Health to fix their floundering HIV treatment program. So she launched a "Google bomb."

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2:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
National Security

50 Years After A Cold War Drama, A Silver Star

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:58 pm

This undated photo of Francis Gary Powers shows him standing next to a U-2 spy plane. Powers was shot down and captured in the Soviet Union in 1960 and held for nearly two years. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star at the Pentagon on June 15.
AP/Allied Museum

When an experimental U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, the U.S. government quickly came up with elaborate cover stories.

"The plane [Soviet leader Nikita] Khrushchev reported shot down inside Russian territory presumably is an American, single-engine jet, a U-2 reported missing on a flight along the Turkish-Russian border last Sunday," a broadcast at the time said. "The national space agency has been flying these planes, 10 of them, in many parts of the world, studying the upper atmosphere."

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