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  • Defying Putin: 7 Russians to watch

    Defying Putin: 7 Russians to watch

    Vladimir Putin's "managed democracy" offers few opportunities for new leaders to emerge, build their own independent political base, and legitimately vie for power. That closed and controlled system is now teetering after tens of thousands of Russians marched in the streets of Russian cities in December to reject Mr. Putin's penchant for bureaucratic manipulation, media control, and vote-rigging. Fresh leaders are emerging without the Kremlin's approval and finding their voices. The following are seven to watch in coming months. 

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  • Defying Putin: 7 Russians to watch

    Defying Putin: 7 Russians to watch

    Vladimir Putin's "managed democracy" offers few opportunities for new leaders to emerge, build their own independent political base, and legitimately vie for power. That closed and controlled system is now teetering after tens of thousands of Russians marched in the streets of Russian cities in December to reject Mr. Putin's penchant for bureaucratic manipulation, media control, and vote-rigging. Fresh leaders are emerging without the Kremlin's approval and finding their voices. The following are seven to watch in coming months. 

  • In Russia, a blogger takes on powerful Putin

    In Russia, a blogger takes on powerful Putin

    Alexei Navalny's charge that Prime Minister Putin is abusing his power is gaining traction, showing the growing clout of Russia's blogosphere.

  • Massive Russian hacker attack threatens freewheeling Ru.net

    Security experts are confused about who is behind the far-reaching cyber attacks, as both Kremlin foes and officials are among those targeted.

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  • Devoted to saving Lake Baikal, she won even Putin's ear

    Devoted to saving Lake Baikal, she won even Putin's ear

    Marina Rikhvanova is one of seven grass-roots environmental activists who will receive the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco Monday.

  • Devoted to saving Lake Baikal, she won even Putin's ear

    Devoted to saving Lake Baikal, she won even Putin's ear

    Marina Rikhvanova is one of seven grass-roots environmental activists who will receive the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco Monday.

  • Devoted to saving Lake Baikal, she won even Putin's ear

    Devoted to saving Lake Baikal, she won even Putin's ear

    Marina Rikhvanova is one of seven grass-roots environmental activists who will receive the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco Monday.