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A bit of satire in Russia earns a big backlash

A newspaper editor in Vologda posted a tongue-in-cheek letter to Putin, asking him to help topple the Russian city’s ‘corrupt oppressors.’ Vologda’s governor was not amused.

In divided Ukraine, inspiration from a poet of the underdog

Taras Shevchenko, a 19th century poet, is a unifying figure for Ukraine, whose prime minister cited him today as inspiration for the Maidan protest movement. But the poet’s legacy is more complex. 

What does the future hold for Russia’s Khodorkovsky?

President Putin announced today that jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will soon be pardoned. But he is not likely to unify Russia’s beleaguered opposition for now.