Simon Shuster

  • For centuries, it has been common for men in Russia’s southern regions to kidnap the woman they want to marry, a ritual known as “bride stealing.” And despite amounting to a major felony, the local custom is still widely tolerated. That tension between Russian law and local ...

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  • Vladimir Putin did not need to cheat in the Russian presidential elections. Opinion polls going into the ballot suggested the Prime Minister would win another six-year term as President in a landslide, with about two-thirds of the vote. Besides, after the blatant fraud that went on during ...

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  • On Thursday, as Nato war planes prepared fresh strikes against the compound of Muammar Gaddafi, his prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, put in an urgent call to Moscow. After months of civil war, he said, Gaddafi was ready to negotiate a ceasefire and he needed Russia to mediate the talks. That ...

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