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Posted April 17th, 2013 at 5:28 am (UTC+0)
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An activist wears a devil’s mask which he covers with a picture of Vladimir Putin as part of a protest against the Russian President outside the congress center of the Hanover trade fair on April 7, 2013 in Hanover, western Germany. Putin arrived for the official opening of the industrial trade fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not in pic). Activists and critics said Putin should be held to account for a recent crackdown on non-governmental organisations promoting democratic reforms in Russia. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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