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Ethnic Tensions Flare in the Military

Seven military conscripts from Dagestan landed in prison last year for forcing fellow sailors in the Baltic Fleet to spell out the word "Caucasus" with their bodies. The military's top prosecutor warned in February that ethnic tensions were a main reason for hazing.  

Pulitzer Notes Foreign Media's Impact

In a sign that the influence of foreign media is growing in Russia, an 11-part series in The New York Times on Russian corruption has won a Pulitzer Prize for "remarkably influencing the discussion inside the country."

Innovation Depends On Image and Angels

European venture capitalists think Russia must work to change the perception of being a difficult place for investments in innovation, the secretary of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Georges Noël, said Tuesday.

Watchdog Says Internet Freedom Is Declining

Russia ranked "partly free" on Internet freedom in a new report by a U.S. rights watchdog, which predicted that the situation would deteriorate further in 2011, with bloggers and opposition web sites facing ever more attacks by hackers and authorities.

Duma Approves Bribe Bill

The Moscow Times
A proposal to fine corrupt officials for up to 100 times the size of a bribe survived a crucial second reading in the State Duma on Tuesday, Itar-Tass reported.

Growing Chaos in 'Last Soviet Republic'

The Associated Press
Of all the former republics of the Soviet Union, Belarus has changed the least. Its economy remains almost entirely in state hands, the government shows zero tolerance for dissent and the domestic spy agency is still called KGB.

Migrants Turn Moscow Into Europe's Biggest City

Moscow is Europe's biggest city with a population that has swelled by 1.1 million people over the past eight years, but mostly due to an inflow of migrants attracted by the best wages in the country, new statistics show.

Chernobyl Fundraiser Falls Short

The Associated Press
A donors conference seeking 740 million euros ($1.1 billion) to clean up the Chernobyl disaster site fell well short of its goal Tuesday, but officials remained optimistic that money will be found to make the world's worst nuclear accident site environmentally safe.

United Russia Registers 'Go Russia!' First

The Moscow Times
United Russia has won a race to register the pro-modernization "Go Russia!" movement, beating the rival A Just Russia party — which first declared its intention to form the group, Interfax reported Tuesday.

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