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Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe. Kremlin Press Office

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with "pro-Russian" forces in the West. In France's upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
Activists form a red ribbon, the symbol of the worldwide campaign against AIDS in Russia, 2010. Vladimir Konstantinov/Reuters

How AIDS denialism spreads in Russia through online social networks

In Russia, social networks have given a new life to the conspiracy theory that HIV-AIDS is a global hoax.
Radioactively contaminated territory around the Mayak nuclear facility in Russia. Nikulina/Slapovskaya/Heinrich Boell Foundation Moscow

The risks attached to South Africa’s nuclear energy strategy

The nuclear deal South Africa signed with Russia is set to be massively expensive and comes with a fair amount of risks.
The home-baked illicit drug krokodil first emerged in provincial Russia during the early 2000s. Dorin Popa/Flickr

The rise and fall of Russia’s ‘flesh-eating drug’ krokodil

Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad drug policies can…

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