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The Russian-speaking population of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine is upset by the popular movement in the West of the country that has overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych and is said to be forming militias.

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In Chechnya, a renowned human rights activist and outspoken critic of the abuses committed during the Chechen wars was kidnapped and killed Wednesday. Natalya Estemirova’s death has sparked international outrage and marks the second such slaying of a Russian rights activist this year.

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The federal government is examining lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with Russian energy executives, reports the Boston Globe. This is a scandal that could involve billions (not millions) of dollars.

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