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12 November 10
Since Vladimir Putin's rise, many hands have been wrung down to the bone in the West over his KGB pedigree. Fortunately there are journalists such as Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to bring nuance, analysis and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting to the subject, which they do in their new book.
06 August 10
Enraged after a Gypsy woman saw a stint in the slammer in his future, a Kemerovo man stabbed two people to death.
05 July 10
The victim in the drunken scuffle couldn’t swim, investigators in northwestern Russia say.
18 June 10
A Sverdlosk region man is suspected of slashing four drinking buddies while they slept.
11 June 10
The Nizhny Novgorod worker was angry after being refused a day off, authorities say.
26 May 10
The two young men had been partaking in “Last Bell” festivities before quarreling in a Moscow metro underpass.
15 April 10
In the second case in less than a year involving police trying to literally cover up evidence of vehicular manslaughter, a detective in Chelyabinsk has been arrested on suspicion of plowing over a 38-year-old man.
06 April 10
A Voronezh pensioner is suspected of tossing the explosive through his apartment window at a group of men loitering and making a ruckus on the street.
31 March 10
The arson suspect’s mother and former beau both perish in the Ulyanovsk region blaze.
09 March 10
Just in time for International Women’s Day, masked assailants hold up Moscow’s ubiquitous flower kiosks.
25 February 10
One commuter train passenger is shot for using someone’s bag as a pillow; another is trapped in the doors and dragged two kilometers hanging out of the train.
09 February 10
The latest in consumer credit products in Russia: Loans for bribes.
05 February 10
The ax rears its ugly head again, this time in Chuvashia as one elderly woman kills another in a money-related dispute.
26 January 10
A former female contestant of the venerable Russian reality show "Dom-2" is detained on suspicion of luring African women into prostitution.
07 December 09
A Perm man beats up a pair of police officers and claims that the Interior Minister said it was OK, local media report.
01 December 09
The church isn’t happy about the suspect being wrestled down in a house of God.
26 November 09
Not-so-friendly competition between insurance agents outside a traffic police station lands the victim in the hospital with serious injuries.
03 November 09
The 200-kilogram hog was aggravated by the stink of booze emanating from the luckless thief, police say.
26 October 09
The latest example of the ubiquitous “You don’t respect me?” murder.
29 September 09
The Lipetsk officer didn’t have enough money to buy a snack to go with his vodka.
14 September 09
A woman fatally assaulted her neighbor by inflicting wounds with her high heels.
25 August 09
So far prosecutors have only opened a vehicular manslaughter case.
21 August 09
The double homicide at the hands of a Mordovian man yielded $150 and a cell phone.
13 August 09
Tver vandals desecrate the city’s sacred statue.
05 August 09
The victims apparently disapproved of the scene the policeman and his friends were making on a riverbank in Bashkortistan.
22 July 09
The suspect killed the young woman because she rejected his romantic overtures, authorities say.
20 July 09
The Kaluga region man had previously been convicted for an ‘analogous crime,’ prosecutors say.
20 May 09
The latest drinking-buddy-on-drinking-buddy crime.
04 May 09
Driving drunk, a Novosibirsk woman kills a traffic cop and sends a text message to her boyfriend using an emoticon to convey her dismay.
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03 May 09
She appears to have wanted a little "us" time with the suspected fraudster.