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Russian scientists at the A. N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution have determined that mice that are exposed to cat urine in infancy do not avoid the smell later in life, and therefore get eaten by their feline predators, EurekAlert reports. “Because the young mice (less than two weeks old) are being fed milk […]

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Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, a city in the eastern Ukraine controlled by the rebel group Donetsk People’s Republic, destroyed a 130-foot-tall sculpture in spectacular fashion earlier this month, International Business Times reports. Video of the explosion surfaced this week, showing a horrifying, Taliban-esque act of terrorism. The installation was constructed in 2012 by Cameroonian artist […]

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According to National Geographic, archaeologists in Russia dug up some golden cups while clearing out an ancient burial mound before construction workers installed power lines. Upon investigation, “archaeologists found thick black residue in the bongs, and determined that they were used to smoke cannabis and opium in a ceremonial setting.” The bucket-like solid-gold artifacts are […]

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Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin wants to build a superhighway that would link North America, Asia and Europe through Russia in what would become the longest highway in the world. The proposal for the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, first reported by the Siberian Times, would also bring a new train network along the Trans-Siberian Railway, oil […]

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“He’s become his death/The spark of the riots/That’s the way he’s blessed/To stay alive.” So begins the first English track by Russian punk band and human rights activist group Pussy Riot, as we see members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina in Russian riot police uniforms and being buried alive in the powerful music video. The […]

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Two of Vladimir Putin’s most high-profile critics have joined forces and announced plans for large-scale anti-Putin protests in Moscow on March 1st. Activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, currently under house arrest, announced the protest online this week when he published his letter to the government requesting permission for the march. The letter is cosigned […]

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Federal authorities have apprehended a banker they believe to have been working as a Russian spy in New York City. The FBI says that he is connected to a Russian spy ring with at least two others. Just in: FBI arrests Russian spy in the Bronx who was part of ring attempting to collect economic […]

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Novaya Gazeta is reporting the Federal Drug Control Service of Russia’s (FSKN) secret database was leaked, revealing names and photos of “anonymous” informants. Most egregiously, it was bought by a reporter for around $50, from a bootleg DVD salesman in a Moscow train station. The collection, available on 5 CDs, not only contains photographs and […]

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Two Russian performance artists were arrested for symbolically exorcising the demons of Russian history at Lenin’s mausoleum in Red Square on Monday. The men, Oleg Basov and Yevgeny Avilov, carried large bottles of water with black crosses painted on them and proceeded to splash the tomb with “holy water” and shouted “Rise up and leave!” They […]

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When it was announced on January 8th that Ted Cruz would be the lastest senator in charge of overseeing NASA, many believed that the budget-cutting representative would whittle the space agency down to nothing. Well, at least a partial look at Cruz’s plans was released to the press on Wednesday, and surprisingly the Senator claims […]

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