(1) The Kremlin Shuts Down Novaya Gazeta in Samara
(2) Annals of Russian Internet: Crime, and Plenty of it
(3) Russia the "Energy Superpower" has no Gasoline
(4) Got Babies? Get the Heck out of Russia!
(5) Once Again, Russia is #1 -- Once Again, in a Bad Way
NOTE: The details of Putin's plan to remain in power may have been revealed. We discuss them on Publius Pundit.
NOTE: We have more commentary on the shuttering of Novaya Gazeta's Samara office, which we report as the lead item today, over at Publius Pundit, linking the event to the Kremlin's desparation as Russia's economic picture grows ever more gloomy. Check it out, and feel free to leave your comments there about how the West can best assist NG is fighting for its life, and what its loss would mean to Russia.
NOTE: Here's a YouTube on hate crimes in Russia which, for some odd reason, the publisher will not allow to be embedded on other sites.