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Finnish police registered Russian President Vladimir Putin on its top secret black list. Putin was not suspected of any criminal wrongdoing in Finland, but his name had been recently entered into the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) list of suspected criminals, sources told MTV3. The case got Finnish officials jumping with alarm.
High-ranking police officers in the Russian Black Sea resort of Tuapse had a shootout on the city’s central square on 4 November 2012. According to media reports, at around 9pm, the city’s police chief, Mikhail Smirnov, shot at point-blank range at the driver of his deputy, Tigran Azaryan (or Bagdasaryan), using a gas pistol.
Russia has a deep tradition of avant-garde art that has tested the boundaries of art and expression. The work of the art group, Voina (“War”), is part of this tradition. As Russia’s political and economic system continues to centralize and grow more sclerotic, corrupt, and reliant on natural resources, this group is seeking to shake things up, juxtaposing humor and the absurd next to the grayness of Russian official life. The performance and public guerilla art of this collective is dedicated, in their words, to the “destruction of outdated repressive-patriarchal socio-political symbols and ideologies.”
Police in the Russian city of Beryozovsky in Sverdlovsk Oblast fatally wounded an influential crime boss after a violent row in a local café. The incident has threatened to destabilise the security situation in the small city of under 50,000 inhabitants.The police were called to the café to pacify a group of people who had beaten up the café's staff and private security guards. The gangsters were celebrating the birthday of their leader, Kazbek Kozayev, a decorated veteran of Russia's war in Chechnya. Instead of heeding the police call to calm down, Kozayev attacked the police officers, who then shot him. The crime boss was hospitalised but died under operation. Members of Kozayev's gang assaulted doctors and vowed revenge for his death. Special forces from throughout Sverdlovsk oblast were called in to Beryozovsky to maintain order in the city. Several people who took part in the violent incident in the café were detained. A police officer and two security guards remain in hospital. http://txt.newsru.com/crime/01nov2010/miltshotcrimeherou.html