Russia has placed 127th out of 177 countries in Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index, a ranking of public sector corruption as perceived by business people and country experts.
In Ukraine's Orange Revolution, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, was the focus of daily mass protests in Kiev in 2004. In 2013, protesters took to the square once again to voice their disapproval at their government's about-turn and decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.
Ukrainian protesters on Monday called President Vladimir Putin their biggest foreign enemy and said only Russian intervention could save Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's regime from a revolution.
Tourists and locals alike witnessed an unusual scene Sunday as St. Petersburg performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky hammered a nail through his testicles and into the cobblestones of Red Square close to Lenin's Mausoleum.
Miss Universe pageant's arrival in Moscow, the first time the contest has been hosted here in its 62-year history, brought out all the glitter and sequins that the 87 contestants could pack in their suitcases.
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