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Russia

Ukraine Secedes

As Crimea officially joins Russia, international observers shift their attention to the future of Ukraine.

Russia: Putin's Knack for Surprise

This month Putin surprised even the biggest Russia experts: he pardoned his biggest enemy and critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. There were some surprises for Putin too from crises regions.

The Only Ballerinas in All of Abkhazia

Even in the most remote provinces across Russia and its satellites, in post-industrial towns drowning in discontent, children study in arts schools, learn painting, music or ballet.

Russia: One Big Detroit

Fear is the real legacy of Putin's Russia, particularly in Russia's 342 "monotowns," single industry centers where economies are collapsing and dissent is not tolerated.