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Sunday, April 18 saw a yawn-inducing victory for Vladimir Putin in the Russian election, as sarcastic gasps of shock echoed through Western Europe. Collecting of 75% of the vote on a turnout of 67.5%, the...
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On Wednesday 2 November, the United States Senate passed a resolution that condemned human rights violations against LGBT men in Chechnya. The resolution stated that “the Senate condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya...

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