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12/29/2011

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Year in Review: When Reality Cut In

What 2011 will represent for Russia — the start of something, the end of somebody — nobody knows. But it was a year when the curtain was slid aside and those behind the controls revealed. Or when people, who always knew of the men behind the curtain, decided to take notice.

Mobile Networks Overloading at Rallies

It has been jokingly dubbed the "iPad uprising," but it is no exaggeration to say December's protests have been highly reliant on modern communications. Yet the phone networks used by activists have let them down at recent rallies.

Police Bust Caviar Stash in St. Pete Morgue

Just as a Thanksgiving dinner does not count if there is no turkey, a Russian New Year's party is not complete without caviar. Even if it is a morgue party, police discovered.

Real Estate to Reach $7.5Bln Record

With deals worth tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars, real estate buyers poured about $7.5 billion into the Russian market in 2011, a post-Soviet record. Analysts are forecasting that 2012 will also be a strong year.

Santa Out-Earning Ded Moroz

When Anatoly Shishkin found an online advertisement by a private kindergarten seeking a freelancer to portray Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, at a kiddy party five years ago, he didn't expect that the one-off job would become a long-term career.

Socks and Pigs Sustain 'House of Mercy'

Olga Frolova and her husband were low-income residents of a small town in central Russia when they decided to move to the country in 2005 to fulfill their dream of becoming farmers.

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