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Gazprom Claims Takeover Of NTV

Gazprom-Media head Alfred Kokh announced Thursday that he is taking control of NTV television and will install a new board that will not include NTV founder Vladimir Gusinsky.

Governors Can Run for 3rd, 4th Term

The State Duma passed a bill Thursday that will allow 69 of the men who now govern Russia's 89 regions to seek a third or even a fourth term in office.

Duma Says Yes to Buying and Selling Land

With left-wing deputies walking out in protest, the State Duma on Thursday gave tentative approval to a bill enabling the private buying and selling of non-agricultural land.

Putin Passes The Political Hat for Cash

It is disturbing that a sitting president would form a charity and then ask the so-called oligarchs to contribute, as President Vladimir Putin did this week.

Dishing Out the Dirt

Militarism and spy-mania in Russia are on the increase. The word ""arrest"" appears constantly in the media.

Russia Needs A Pokemon to Call Its Own

Even children's cartoons can provoke political controversy. When ORT announced plans to broadcast the Japanese cartoon Pokemon, the press was full of critical commentary.

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