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    The one that didn’t get away
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    Written by: Marc Bennetts All articles by Marc Bennetts

    President Putin’s amnesty which has seen Pussy Riot’s Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova released, as well, perhaps, as the Greenpeace 30, is by no means extended to everyone. Young activist Taisiya Osipova also has a young child, but she remains locked up with no apparent chance of release, says Marc Bennetts

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    The lower depths in Russia today
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    Written by: Ekaterina Loushnikova All articles by Ekaterina Loushnikova

    Over a century after Maksim Gorky’s famous play about homeless people – ‘The Lower Depths' – Ekaterina Loushnikova has been looking around her home city of Kirov to see if anything has changed.

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    Has Siberia had enough of Russia?
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    Written by: Aleksei Tarasov All articles by Aleksei Tarasov

    With Siberia’s enormous natural resources being mercilessly exploited by Russia, and now China as well, Aleksei Tarasov wonders if the region might some day amount to more than someone else’s colony.

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    Ring out new bells!
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    Written by: Alexander Mozhayev All articles by Alexander Mozhayev

    While lightning and neglect are taking their toll on Russia's wooden churches, a growing volunteer movement is making its mark in saving this precious cultural heritage. Architectural restoration expert Alexander Mozhayev reports.

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    The Zone
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    Written by: Ola Cichowlas All articles by Ola Cichowlas

    The northern territory of the Perm region is known as 'the Zone' –  a remote region of prison camps and correctional facilities. Ola Cichowlas came to know it quite well….

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    The Wizard of Omsk
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    Written by: Valeria Kalashnikova All articles by Valeria Kalashnikova

    Omsk, in south-western Siberia, is known throughout Russia for its theatre, but has never developed a film industry. As Valeria Kalashnikova reports, things are changing, thanks mostly to the efforts of a director whose stock in trade is schlock sci-fi beloved of viewers of Japanese cable channels.

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    Taken from Chita, Made in China
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    Written by: Mikhail Loginov All articles by Mikhail Loginov

    Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake on the planet, is part of Russia’s DNA, and many romantic ballads sing of its size and beauty. Beyond the lake is a different story. Do Trans-Baikal Territory and its capital Chita have a future or is this a godforsaken backwater? Mikhail Loginov investigates

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    Brokeback in Belarus
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    Written by: Alyona Soiko All articles by Alyona Soiko

    Valery Sidorenko and Sergei Ostapchuk, both tractor drivers, live together happily in a remote village in the Grodinsky region of Belarus. Alyona Soiko travelled there to meet them and hear their story.

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    Prison or presidency for 'Russia’s Kennedy'?
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    Written by: Ekaterina Loushnikova All articles by Ekaterina Loushnikova

    Charismatic opposition leader Aleksey Navalny is on trial in the provincial capital of Kirov, 900km from Moscow. He is controversially accused of stealing timber worth 16 million roubles in 2009; if found guilty, he will spend his next few years behind bars. Local journalist Ekaterina Loushnikova met some of his supporters and opponents.

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    Ulyanovsk: no homes for heroes, but plenty of money for an art prize
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    Written by: Sergei Gogin All articles by Sergei Gogin

    Many aging Russian WWII veterans live in appalling conditions, and some die before they can cash a government rehousing grant. By law, families should inherit the money, but some regions deny them it. In Sergei Gogin’s native Ulyanovsk, authorities seem to prefer spending the money on vanity projects abroad.

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    Winter in Russia: cold indoors as well as out
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    Written by: Mikhail Loginov All articles by Mikhail Loginov

    Most radiators in urban Russian homes are fed by hot water transported from heating plants miles away. Ageing pipes frequently burst, causing hardship and even fatalities. Could a return to an older form of heating be the answer? Mikhail Loginov reports from one small town in the provinces. 

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    Orenburg 2013: ring out the old, ring in the new!
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    Written by: Elena Strelnikova All articles by Elena Strelnikova

    Regional journalist Elena Strelnikova takes a wry look at some of the events of the departing year.  

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    Vyatlag: the Gulag then and now
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    Written by: Ekaterina Loushnikova All articles by Ekaterina Loushnikova

    Many of the Soviet Gulag camps are now deserted, but Vyatlag is still in operation, though now most of the prisoners are there for criminal rather than political offences. But as Ekaterina Loushnikova has found, memories of the cruelty and hardship of those terrible years remain.

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    Dummy candidates, disillusioned voters: ‘United Russia’ in a tight corner
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    Written by: Mikhail Loginov All articles by Mikhail Loginov

    A small city near Moscow is electing a mayor. Not the most startling news, perhaps, but the ruling party seems to have changed places with the opposition. Things are more topsy-turvey than usual and the voters have lost all faith with President and candidates alike, says Mikhail Loginov (photo: Ridus Agency)

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    The shepherds of Sevukh
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    Written by: Marina Akhmedova All articles by Marina Akhmedova

    The Avars are an ancient people living in the mountains of Dagestan (North Caucasus). Many of them are shepherds. The blandishments of modern life are encroaching on their centuries-old way of life, but they have no chance of doing anything else, even military service. Marina Akhmedova spent some time with them and tells their stories

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    The Gulag doctor
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    Written by: Ekaterina Loushnikova All articles by Ekaterina Loushnikova

    Doctor Leonid Atlashkin spent almost 20 years in the Soviet prison camps. Unlike many, he went there of his own accord as a young doctor in 1953, and just stayed on. He retired a long time ago, but he has his memories, as Ekaterina Loushnikova discovered when she went to see him.

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    On the river: a Russian holiday diary
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    Written by: Elena Strelnikova All articles by Elena Strelnikova

    Holidays by the sea in Turkey or Egypt are beginning to lose their appeal to ordinary Russians, and they’re no longer that cheap either. This summer, Elena Strelnikova joined many of her compatriots in looking nearer to home for rest and relaxation.

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    Why I fled Russia
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    Written by: Maxim Yefimov All articles by Maxim Yefimov

    Maxim Yefimov was an activist working in the field of human rights in Karelia, in the Russian Far North. Following criticism of the Russian Orthodox Church, authorities attempted to incarcerate him in a mental institution. He was kept sane by the conviction he was doing right, but eventually the threat led to flee the country. Here is his story.

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    Siberia’s crying cannibal: when business became war
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    Written by: Aleksei Tarasov All articles by Aleksei Tarasov

    Last month, a Siberian gang leader accused of dozens of murders was unexpectedly given a prison sentence. Could it be that Russia is finally getting to grips with organised criminality? There is more to this case than meets the eye, says Aleksei Tarasov 

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    Snap goes the Crocodile
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    Written by: Marina Akhmedova All articles by Marina Akhmedova

    Marina Akhmedova spent four days in the company of drug users in Yekaterinburg, central Russia, and was met with a picture of desperation, punctured by love, humanity and misplaced hope. oDRussia is proud to reproduce Akhmedova’s harrowing piece of reportage journalism — perhaps unwisely, now banned in Russia. 

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