Thousands of Russian opposition activists rallied in downtown Moscow on the anniversary of a protest that turned violent last year, calling on authorities to release people held for allegedly organizing that event.
Arkady Rotenberg, the boyhood friend and former judo partner of black-belt President Vladimir Putin, already is collecting his winnings from what promises to be the most expensive Winter Olympics ever next year.
The firing of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov will create new opportunities for real estate developers in the capital as Luzkhov’s wife, billionaire Yelena Baturina , and other established builders lose influence at city hall.
Russian authorities have started a tax probe against Ksenia Sobchak, a member of the opposition that organizes the protests against President Vladimir Putin that sparked searches of protest leaders’ homes.
When Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with residents of a burned-out village near Moscow this month, he promised to rebuild their homes before winter. To make sure, he ordered round-the-clock video surveillance on construction sites and put monitors in his home and office.
Anyone with an Internet connection can easily see why throngs of protestors have been clashing with riot police in the wake of Russia's Dec. 4 parliamentary vote. Check out the map, posted by independent monitor Golos, showing the number of election violations in cities and towns throughout Russia. Or search Youtube for "vote rigging 2011" (фальсификация выборов 2011) and take your pick from clips displaying everything from pre-stuffed ballot boxes to election officials furtively filling in votes.