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Human Rights in Russia
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia began the painstaking route to a democratic society. But the road has not been easy and activists charge that in recent years the country has taken steps backwards in ensuring equal rights and the rule of law. Here are some key players and facts in that debate.

Garry Kasparov
A Russian chess grandmaster who retired from competitive chess in 2005 to focus on political activities and writing.

Behind the News in Russia
It's been 20 years since the revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, and the birth of a new Russian Federation. The transition to democracy has seen some steps forward and leaps backward, as issues of freedom and human rights raise eyebrows. Learn more about the players and issues making headlines in Russia.

Sergei Magnitsky
A civil law specialist at Moscow law firm Firestone Duncan, Sergei Magnitsky's probe reportedly unveiled the biggest tax fraud scheme in Russia's history.

Political Parties in Russia
In its post-Soviet Union days, Russia has drawn criticism for a tightly controlled political process in which there's little room for opposition parties. Here is how the political landscape looks in Russia.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky
A profile of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once the richest man in Russia as he led the oil giant Yukos and a staunch Kremlin critic who wound up behind bars on what supporters say are politically motivated charges.

Cold War Redux: 11 Alleged Russian Spies Charged in U.S.
But the alleged ring doesn't stretch back that far: about a decade, long after the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union broke apart.

A Very Bad Romance
Most people's cuddly couple pictures aren't so, well, violent, but this picture released Friday by the Russian news agency NewsTeam purports to show the 17-year-old bomber who struck the Lubyanka station.

Terrorist Attacks on Russia
Here is a roundup of the terrorist attacks that have targeted Russians since the beginning of the Islamist uprising and Russian military response known as the Second Chechen War.?

Russia News
With a powerful ruling coalition -- yet an increasingly troubled environment for journalists and opposition activists -- Russia is a country to watch in a changing world. Here are the latest headlines from Russia.

Solidarity Movement Rises Again, But This Time in Russia
The new peaceful anti-Kremlin movement borrows its name from the Polish anti-communism trade movements and pits opposition leaders, including chess legend Garry Kasparov, directly against Russia's fresh crackdown on dissent.

Twenty Killed in Russia Sub Accident
A misfiring fire-extinguishing system killed 20 people from Freon inhalation during exercises in the Pacific.

Iceland Braces for Bankruptcy, Asks Russia for Bailout
Long considered a first-rate nation in terms of literacy, income, and longevity, Iceland is now the first country facing "national bankruptcy."

Can 'South Park' Survive in Russia?
Despite rabid popularity of the Comedy Central show, the channel that broadcasts "South Park" in Russia -- along with "The Simpsons" and "The Family Guy" -- is suspending the shows until charges of extremism brought in response to the shows' content are settled.

Russian Media Accuse Saakashvili of Nervous Breakdown Over Tie-Chewing
Here's what happened: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, waiting for a BBC interview to begin last week, takes a cell phone cell and begins nervously nibbling on the end of his tie, somewhat stuffing it into his mouth. Russian media go nuts over the video, calling in "experts" to say that this shows Saakashvili is falling apart and is unfit to lead.

Russia Claims Georgia Pullout Near
But as Al-Jazeera reported, there's not too much evidence of that happening, with Russian tanks still dug in just half an hour from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

France Sends Out Security Council Resolution on Russia-Georgia War
The resolution was the result of five straight days of emergency meetings on the crisis in Georgia, and State Department sources say that the wording was watered down from what the United States sought.

Letter from Tbilisi: Georgia Weathers Russian Assault
The conflict between Russia and Georgia widens as Russia bombs closer to the capital of Tbilisi.

Why is there conflict in South Ossetia?
Russian forces battle Georgian troops for control of this breakaway region.

Russia, China Ink Nuclear Deal
Dmitry Medvedev has hit the road, and his first major diplomatic act as president of the Russian Federation is aimed at angering the United States.

'New' Kremlin Stacked With Putin's Favorites
First, the anointed one, Dmitry Medvedev, moved into his appointed spot as president of Russia. Before you could say "borscht," the man who got the technocrat into the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, assumed his promised role as prime minister.

NATO Asks Russia to Cool Georgia Rhetoric
After Russia threatened to send in forces to counter what it said was an imminent Georgian attack on the breakaway regions, NATO spoke up.

Notorious Arms Trafficker Seized
Renowned arms dealer Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok in a joint U.S.-Thai sting operation.

Russian Town Honors the Enema
The southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk, proud of its reputation for administering mineral-spring colonics to the digestively challenged, plopped $42,000 on a bronze, 800-pound enema sculpture.

Putin, Bush Do the Diplomatic Two-Step
At the last meeting for the two leaders -- Putin cedes the presidency to Dmitry Medvedev in May, and Bush is wrapping up his last year in the White House -- there was more dancing than dramatic talk of the Eastern Europe missile defense system that has raised tension in recent years.

Dmitry Medvedev
A profile of Dmitry Medvedev, the technocrat whom Vladimir Putin is counting on to continue his legacy.

Vladimir Putin
A profile of Russian politician Vladimir Putin.

A primer on the massive land sprawl known as the Russian Federation.

CIA World Factbook - Russia
A primer on Russia's leaders, geography, demographics, economy, military, infrastructure, and more.

OPINION: Vladimir Putin, Macho Man
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin goes out of his way to show us his alpha male. But is there a greater motivation behind flashing his abs to the world?

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