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October 8, 2008

Russia: New Youth Movement Intends to Eliminate 'Regime of Oligarchic Capitalism'

This article is good because it discusses a movement printed about in 2005, but the movement talks about its aim in the 2008 presidential election.

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October 6, 2008

Russia: Wave of Protests Against Welfare Cuts

I was drawn to this article because I am very interested in the topic of healthcare and attempts to reform especially in the United States. This mass protest which took place across Russia was to protest welfare cuts by the Putin government. It was very interesting because it mentioned that St. Petersburg was especially important in this protest. As it has been the "birthplace of three Russian revolutions" in the past, St. Petersburg appeared to be keeping up with tradition when as many as 13,000 protesters met at rallies in St. Petersburg.

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October 3, 2008

Russians Protest the Banning of South Park

Nothing like cartoons to get people up in arms. I enjoy that the show is so contraversial globally.

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October 2, 2008

Police break up Anti-government Protest in Russia

I chose this article because this article is a good example of corruption that occurs daily in countries around the world. This article is about a group of 50 men who where sleeping in the main square and police beating the protesters with batons to break up the protest.

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Protests, rallies and arrests: Russia gears up for election

This article outlines protests of President Putin that took place during one of the 2007 elections in Russia. It is interesting for a few reasons. The activists were only a few hundred strong and did not receive much press coverage because of the lack of support they have. But, they pursued their cause nonetheless, despite apparent random beatings by police and also many arrests.

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October 1, 2008

Thousands march in Russia against new law abolishing social benfits

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Hundereds march for the first time. I find it interesting that the story starts out with the story of a man who had never before challenged Russian policy. As a vetren it would be safe to assume that he was a loyal socialist. This is why i perhaps believe that he chose to protest against the elimination of many socialistic programs. It shows a deeper current below the free Russian system which shows people are still socialist and not yet willing to let go of a promising old system.

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Police break up protest in Russia's Ingushetia

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Police beat protesters as they protest the killing of a man by police wildt in police custody. Goes to show all those who protest are not always protected from absolute state abuses in power.

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September 29, 2008

Georgia's Rose Revolution: A Participant's Perspective

This report examines the specifics of the political and social landscape in Georgia before the Rose Revolution, dynamics of the protests sparked by rigged elections, and the actors who contributed to laying the groundwork for change and supporting the revolution itself. A clear picture of the Rose Revolution helps explain the most intriguing aspect of the events: that neither protesters nor the government used force despite the orders given. As an active member of Kmara, I consider all these questions and issues from a participant's perspective, providing insights not readily available from most outside observers.

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Russian Ecologists Protest N-Waste Imports in Closed City

Ah, Russian capitalism... the only place where you can pay someone to take your nuclear waste off your hands.

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