Why the Bombings Weren't Breaking News in Russia
The news of the subway suicide bombings in Moscow on Monday — Russia's worst terrorist attack in five years — led news broadcasts around the world almost immediately after the event unfolded. But in Russia, viewers who tuned in to the country's three main television networks that morning had little reason to suspect anything was amiss — they were watching shows about cooking and makeovers.
   More Russians Don't Want to Join Army
A growing number of Russians don't want to serve in the military because of fears of hazing, according to a survey released Tuesday on Defender of the Fatherland Day.A total 75 percent of respondents said they would not like to serve because of hazing, according to state-run VTsIOM.The figure is a 30 percent increase from a similar survey conducted in 2000, VTsIOM said.
   Russian society is calling for political reforms
The time is ripe for political reforms in Russia, Olga Kamenchuk from the Russian Public Opinion Research Center told RT. "There is a definite call for some reforms and some changes," she said. "Among the most important ones is the need for the opposition to be heard, and from that point of view some of the steps that are being made by the authorities are actually answering these calls."
   Yulia Tymoshenko stokes Ukraine election tension
Tension is rising between candidates in Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine, with Yulia Tymoshenko accusing her main rival of preparing huge fraud.
   Rehabilitating Joseph Stalin
It's hard to imagine any of Russia's current leaders getting a birthday party like the one thrown Monday at Moscow's Ismailovsky Hotel for the former despot, Josef Stalin. The grand hall was packed beyond capacity with more than 2,000 revelers - some of whom wept as patriotic poems were read. Famous actresses sang ballads with the backing of a full military orchestra. And towering over the stage was an enormous portrait of the birthday boy in his military regalia, adding an element of the surreal to the entire scene.
   Russia Communists: don't slight Stalin on his bday
MOSCOW - The Russian Communist Party asked the nation Monday for a daylong moratorium on criticizing Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as they celebrate his 130th birthday.
   Public Support for Constitution Growing
The share of the Russians who believe that the Constitution is relevant and respected has doubled over the past seven years, according to a survey released Thursday.
   Russians want bigger state role as crisis bites - poll
MOSCOW, Oct 23 (Reuters) - As the financial crisis bears down on Russia, its voters say they would welcome greater state involvement, including price controls and nationalisation of banks and firms owned by mistrusted tycoons, a poll showed on Thursday.
   Russians back hardline policies
In contrast to the growing international concern over Russia, public support within the country for Russia’s current course is stronger than at any time since the fall of the USSR and views of the US have reached new lows, according to opinion polls taken since the war in the Caucasus.
   In a Visit, Putin Tries to Ease Rifts With Poland
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, praised Polish soldiers and citizens on Tuesday for their wartime bravery, even as the Russian government unveiled what it said were previously classified documents showing prewar Polish cooperation with Nazi Germany.

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