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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

No Divide and Rule

There is a wonderful Rudyard Kipling short story titled ""On the City Walls"" that can be read as a kind of metaphor for British rule in India -- and perhaps for British misrule in Iraq today.

Questions the President Wasn't Asked

President Vladimir Putin spent most of his televised call-in show Tuesday touting his administration's efforts to tackle social problems.

Cult Leader Takes Heat Off Kremlin

Izvestia and NTV television reported with evident amusement last week that at least 11 mothers of children who died in the Beslan hostage crisis last year had traveled to Moscow to meet with Grigory Grabovoi, a cult leader who promised to resurrect their children.

Omsk Tests the Limits of a Russophile's Love

With the mission of exploring Omsk, the Siberian city that I have chosen as my home town, I set out one recent Sunday afternoon with a notebook and camera in hand. Wondering how I might manage to get a good view of this large city, I walk down Ulitsa Lenina asking myself over and over again: How? And where?

U.S. Shoots Dead Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Baghdad

Abu Azzam's death may be a sign of progress, but attacks continued with a suicide bomber killing 10.

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