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After Boston’s Bombs, Russia’s World Class Sports Events Face Big Security Challenges

Posted April 30th, 2013 at 9:46 pm (UTC+0)
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Back in the sunny days before the Boston Marathon bombings, Vladimir Putin, an avid sportsman, decided that the best way to showcase his new Russia would be to host world class sporting events. Now, his sports policy is about to bear fruit as the world media prepares to cover Russia’s five-year marathon of sporting events. […]

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Boston’s Bombs Will Echo Around the World

Posted April 24th, 2013 at 6:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Many Russians watch with quiet satisfaction as the American saga unfolds about the two Chechen brothers turned Boston Marathon bombers. Russians, who have long been targets of Chechen terror attacks, now see Americans walking a kilometer in their shoes. The minor difference is that Boston’s Chechens, the Tsarnaev brothers, apparently were driven not by separatist […]

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Russia Searches for ‘Foreign Agents’ at Home, Disguises its Information War Abroad

Posted April 17th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC+0)
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Russia’s government is busy rooting out “foreign agents.” So far police agents have “inspected” 700 non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, looking for traces of foreign funding. Police say there are 7,000 more to inspect this year. At best, “inspections” mean demanding copies of cartons of files. At worst, it means carting off computers, and, in two […]

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