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East Ukraine City Faces Separatist Split

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Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.

Crimean Muslims Wary of Referendum to Join Russia

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Victims of Stalin's mass deportations in 1944, Crimea's Tatar Muslim minority look warily on next week's referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights.

Meet Josef Stalin, 'Competent Manager'

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Is Vladimir Putin's dictator chic to blame for Josef Stalin's makeover? The Soviet tyrant who presided over the suffering of millions and helped launch World War II has been rebranded as a "competent manager" and, if Moscow's deserted Gulag Museum is any indication, Russians appear to be lapping it up.

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