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Russia

Bribery live

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
Have you ever wanted to see an interactive map of all the bribes that change hands in the country?

Movie treasure returns

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
During the early 20th century the Soviet authorities had destroyed silent films produced during imperial rule, calling them bourgeois art. But around 350 of the 2,700 films created during the pre-Soviet era had survived, and are about to return home.

Putin’s nature love

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s widely publicised wildlife stunts, at least some of them, have been stage-managed.

Code of conduct for space

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

Talking Turkey

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
In a rare collaboration, linguists from New Zealand used methods deployed by virologists to study origins of epidemics, to validate a theory that traced the roots of Indo-European languages to Turkey. The theory suggests the languages originated in Turkey.

Poor countries increase domestic funding for AIDS control programmes

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Jul 23, 2012
As funds for AIDS programmes from developed nations gradually dry up, middle- and low-income countries are rising to the challenge. Domestic investments by BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) for the disease have increased by almost 120 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to a new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS or UNAIDS. These countries now fund, on average, more than 75 per cent of their domestic AIDS responses.

Can’t beat, join them

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
In March this year, when Vladmir Putin announced Russia’s new protest law, even the most optimist feared death of democracy. A resident of the Siberian city of Yekaterinburg has found a novel way to subvert the law: enlist the support of the authorities. Ostislav Zhuravlyov decided to inform his fellow, like-minded thinkers to join him on a tour of the city to enjoy the local surroundings. This was his way of getting the opposition together without being guilty of forming an opposition protest gathering.

Future compromised

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2012
In the morning of June 19, bleary eyed negotiators left Pavilion 3 of Riocentro to return to their hotel rooms to freshen themselves up. A long round of intense negotiations had taken place the previous night to finalise the outcome draft of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also called Rio+20.

Unknown mentor

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012
A 19th century Kazakh poet who was previously all but unknown in Russia has become an unlikely figurehead of opposition protests marring Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin.
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