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Putin on Finnish Police Black List


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.



Bandits of the Black Sea


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.


Voina Tests Boundaries of Art


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 The performance and public guerilla art of this collective is dedicated, in their words, to the “destruction of outdated repressive-patriarchal socio-political symbols and ideologies.”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 shoot mobster in Urals town


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.


Highway M23

Noize MC – 10 Days (Stalingrad)

"You have to get a permit from the local authorities. If you have it, then go and rally. If not, you do not have the right. If you go out without having a permit, you will get your face bashed in with a truncheon. That is all." ~ Vladimir Putin, 30 August 2010

FSB Halfway to Absolute Power


The lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, today passed on third reading a measure that dramatically expands the powers of the FSB, a measure that Russian rights activists are urging President Dmitry Medvedev not to sign. Under the terms of the measure, the FSB in cases where there is no evidence of a crime can declare any Russian of being engaged in “impermissible actions which create the conditions for the committing of a crime,” a declaration that opens the way to arbitrary actions against people.