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Reading Time: 6 minutes Today’s Russian performance artists want nothing less than to annihilate political power.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Dating back to Stalin’s reign of terror, jokes known as anekdoty survive — and thrive.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Speaking out against Vladimir Putin can lead to a hospital visit … or an early grave.
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Reading Time: 6 minutes Shadowy groups of security officers pursue dissidents, make arrests, to advance their own careers.
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Reading Time: 6 minutes Leaders in Russia’s Orthodox Church have ignored warnings about the coronavirus; without proper precautions, the virus has spread through their ranks.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In Russia’s overburdened medical system, whistleblowing may be more deadly than the coronavirus.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Wildfires, smuggling, and corruption increase radiation risks in the dangerous Exclusion Zone surrounding Chernobyl as Ukraine’s infrastructure is paralyzed by the coronavirus lockdown.