IK-28, a maximum-security Russian penal colony, is located in Yertsevo, in the northern Arkhangelsk region near the Arctic Circle. It was once part of a cluster of camps founded in the late 1930s as part of the Gulag system. Today, it houses over 1,000 prisoners, many of whom were convicted on murder or terrorism charges. "Most of them killed two or more people," says photographer Max Avdeev, who shot the prison in February 2010.
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O'Donnell's show, and Lawrence O'Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O'Reilly'd at me. That O'Donnell interrupted and harangued and mansplained and was generally an angry grandpa at me is not what I take issue with, however. What bothers me is that, look: your producers take the time to find experts to come on the show, answer your questions, and, hopefully, clarify the issue at hand.
A week after Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia, President Obama canceled his bi-lateral September summit in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, though administration officials are at pains to portray this as something greater than pure tit-for-tattery. Rather, they say, it was an excuse to avoid what, even without Snowden, would have been "a pretty dreary affair."
When Anatoly Kucherena, Russian senator and Edward Snowden's self-appointed lawyer, walked into the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport where his client had spent 39 days, and told the NSA leaker that the Russian government had finally granted him asylum for one year, Snowden couldn't believe his ears. "At first, he seemed not to fully understand it, internally," Kucherena told me. "Because he had been waiting for it for so long, he had been so worried. He said, 'It can't be!' That he wouldn't believe it 'til he saw the documents. Then, of course, he was happy."
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*/ The U.S. Air Force has a long tradition of giving away American flags flown during combat, but now you can get an Old Glory that has accompanied a drone mission. — The Washington Post Breasts are amazing, wondrous organs, but did you know that, when you run, they run, too? When a lady of C or D cup endowment breaks into a jog, her nipples go from zero to 45 in one second. — ESPN The Magazine At the World University Games in Russia, the host country was accused of stacking its team with professional athletes; it won 155 gold medals to second-place China’s 26.
This morning came the news that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was finally on the verge of leaving the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he has been holed up for one month and one day. He had, according to initial reports, gotten papers that would have allowed him to leave the airport and set out to conquer Russia. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, soon put an end to those rumors, but not before a gaggle of reporters had assembled at Sheremetyevo.
In a dizzying reversal, Russian blogger and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who was led out of court yesterday in handcuffs to start his five-year prison sentence, was freed today on bail after the prosecutor appealed the court's decision to arrest him, raising the question of—well, raising a whole lot of questions.
How Aleksey Navalny changed Russian politics
Today, a provincial court in the Russian city of Kirov sentenced Aleksey Navalny, the only real leader to emerge among the opposition since the fall of the Soviet Union, to five years in a prison camp, and slapped him with a hefty fine for an embezzlement scheme so convoluted it could only be fiction: He was accused, as he liked to put it, of “stealing a forest.”
It's been nearly a month since NSA leaker Edward Snowden landed in Moscow, en route to Ecuador.
In the hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and acquitted on manslaughter charges, the Tea Party News Network—a shoestring operation that is exactly what it sounds like and that launched last fall—sent out an email blast touting the voices of "black conservatives" sounding off on the verdict. The press release featured stat