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OSCE Stands by Putin’s Election Win

Despite documentation of fraud, a spokesman said that the elections were carried out lawfully.

New Conscripts Take Studies to Potato Fields

Army recruits, officially on basic training are being used as manual labor to harvest potatoes.

A Sly Lesson In Sleuthing From Astana

As the Kremlin fights corruption, the Interior Ministry should take a cue from their Kazakh counterparts.

City Sidewalks And Bigger, Badder Mores

Pedestrian traffic in Moscow is not for the faint-hearted as the author points out in this piece

The Results and Roots Of War in Chechnya

George Abraham asked a question that is on the mind of many Russians: When will the war in Chechnia end?

Governor Chooses Big Foe

Lukoil is the biggest reason why incumbent Leonid Gorbenko will lose Kaliningrad's gubernatorial election.

Ballot Fraud Piece: Future 'Reference Document'

The investigation of the illegitimate election might be a reference document for future historians.

Gorbachev Touts U.S.-Russia Group

A new association intended to foster U.S.-Russian relations in politics, business, culture, science and education was launched Friday at the Gorbachev Foundation. ""We have lost the pace … in [developing] relations between the two countries,"" said former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the ceremony. He said he would consider heading the organization, the Russia-U.S. Association, in its first year. Many eminent public figures in attendance said the time for such cooperation was ripe. ""Relations between the countries are not at their best and must be improved,"" said Vladimir Lukin, a State Duma deputy from the Union of Right Forces. U.S. Ambassador James Collins welcomed the creation of the association. ""We are on the verge of starting the new era in our relations and the search for ways of promoting cooperation is invaluable.

U.S. Consulate Official Found Guilty of Fraud

A Russian official who worked at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg has been convicted of lying.

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