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12/04/2013

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Bolshoi Dancer Gets 6 Years for Acid Attack

Former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was found guilty on Tuesday and sentenced to six years in a high-security prison for last January's acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, marking the end of a saga that repeatedly dragged the theater's reputation through the mud.

Russia Places 127th in World Transparency Rankings

The Moscow Times
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.

Culture Ministry Looks to Expand Anti-Piracy Law

The Moscow Times
The Culture Ministry has asked the government to review a set of amendments to the anti-piracy law aimed at extending the measure's reach to other types of online content, but not music.

What the Papers Say, Dec. 3, 2013

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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The Ukraine Protests as Seen Through Social Media (Photo Essay)

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.

Moscow Fights Dark Winter Nights With a Sea of Light

Moscow city authorities are fighting back against complaints that winter days are too long and dark, especially now that the Kremlin has abolished daylight savings time.

Russia Shuns OPEC, Plans Increased Oil Production

Reuters
Russia, the world's top oil producer, plans to boost output to meet its export commitments to Asia and Europe and sees no scope for coordinating with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC.

European Bodies Express Support for Ukraine Protesters

NATO and European politicians have expressed their support for Ukrainian anti-government protesters, disputing a statement by President Vladimir Putin that the demonstrations in Kiev represented "not a revolution, but a pogrom."

Putin Says Russia Needs to Beef Up Arctic Presence

The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the U.S. navy's capability in the Arctic is a key reason for Russia to beef up its presence in the region.

Ukraine Opposition Fails to Force Out Government in Vote

The Associated Press
Ukraine's opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary no-confidence vote Tuesday, leaving the country's political tensions unresolved with calls for more mass protests.

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