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Blogger With Afro Challenges Conventional Politics

With emerald eyes and a colossal, caramel-colored Afro, Ilya Varlamov doesn't look like a typical Siberian mayor.

Varlamov Exits Omsk Race

Top-Earning Cop Made 9 Times More Than Nurgaliyev in 2011

The Moscow Times
Viktor Grigorov, head of the secretive Bureau of Special Technical Events, was the top earner among police officials in 2011, taking home 28.3 million rubles ($962,000) last year, or more than nine times what Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev made.

Group Ranks Russia on Par With Zimbabwe for Press Freedom

The Moscow Times
The media in Russia is "not free," due to the government keeping overall control of the sphere and clamping down on certain news outlets, organization Freedom House said Wednesday in its annual press freedom rankings.

Rights Council Members Say They Won't Work Under Putin

The Moscow Times
Political commentator Dmitry Oreshkin and activist Svetlana Gannushkina said they will not continue as members of the president's human rights council following Vladimir Putin's inauguration because they believe Putin's victory was not legitimate.

Ex-Shareholder Accused of Bilking Major Ammo Plant

The Moscow Times
An unemployed former shareholder of a major ammunition plant in the Moscow region is suspected of embezzling 25 percent of its shares.

Daredevil Photographer Scales Vladivostok Bridges

The Moscow Times
A 19-year-old photographer and two friends scaled the 300-meter-high pylons of two Vladivostok bridges being built for this fall's APEC summit to take jaw-dropping pictures of the city far below.

Details of Luxury Tax Plan Becoming Clearer

The Finance Ministry’s latest proposals on luxury taxes put the rate for real estate at 0.05 percent to 0.3 percent, while owners of cars with engines of 410 horsepower or more will also be paying more — a rate that will affect less than 2 percent of all cars in the country.

Blast at Ammo Dump Kills 6

An explosion ripped through an ammunition disposal site in central Russia on Wednesday, killing six soldiers and injuring four.

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