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A Rough Selection Campaign

A recent game of musical chairs in Russia's law enforcement agencies saw Vladimir Ustinov, the long-serving prosecutor general who managed the case against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the dismantlement of his company, Yukos, exchange posts with Justice Minister Yury Chaika.

Reading the Russians

""Read Dostoevsky."" That was the advice presidential deputy chief of staff Vladislav Surkov, reportedly President Vladimir Putin's top ideological aide, offered Westerners seeking to better understand Russia.

Little Sign of Top Questions From Internet

President Vladimir Putin's contact with the Russian public via the Internet last week was illuminating. The questions submitted for Putin were as interesting as the answers the president gave.

Zenit's Farewell to Kirov Stadium

There was more than a hint of anticlimax at Kirov Stadium on Thursday.

Poland Faces Rule by Twin Brothers

The United States has its political power families -- the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes. But nothing quite like what is developing in Poland.

Militias Kidnap, Kill Iraqi Sunnis

Masked Shiite gunmen went on a rampage Sunday in western Baghdad, pulling Sunni Arabs from cars and off the street and killing at least 41 people, police said, in a dramatic escalation of sectarian violence.

Rampant Corruption Threatens Iraq

Corruption is rampant at ""every level"" of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government, with Iraqi graft inspectors calculating that at least $4 billion has been pilfered from state coffers, a top U.S. official said.

UN Small Arms Conference Ends in Shambles

A UN meeting meant to expand a five-year-old crackdown on the illicit global trade in small arms ended in chaos Friday as delegates ran out of time without reaching agreement on a plan for future action.

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