The chief of Amnesty International Russia, Sergei Nikitin, at his Moscow office on March 25, after Russian prosecutors and tax police carried out a search. The group is one of many that have been searched under a new law that critics say is being used to stifle dissent. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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In Crackdown, Some Russian Groups Labeled As 'Foreign Agents'
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E.U. Tax Proposal On Cypriot Bank Deposits Riles Russia
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Cyprus' Bank Deposit Tax Would Hit Russian Wallets
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Maslenitsa Celebration Helps Russians Thaw From Winter
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Tsiferblat, or Clockface Cafe, in Moscow draws a young crowd, from students to entrepreneurs. The cafe provides Wi-Fi, printers, books and art supplies. Drinks, snacks, atmosphere and the space are free. All customers pay for is time. Courtesy Of Diana Derby hide caption

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Rubles For Minutes, Not Mochas, At Russian Cafe Chain
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After the 1917 revolution, Russia's new rulers debated what to do with the crown jewels. This 1925 photo shows the collection. However, a 1922 album at the U.S. Geological Survey includes photos of four items that are not described in the official 1925 inventory. www.usgs.gov hide caption

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Russian Crown Jewels
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Russia's Putin Signs Controversial Adoption Bill
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Police officers detain a protester outside the lower house of Russia's parliament on Wednesday. This week, Russian legislators passed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children after the U.S. passed a law that rebukes Russia for human rights abuses. Evgeny Feldman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Adoption Ban Puts Orphans At Center Of U.S.-Russia Dispute
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Moscovites Window-Shop At GUM For Holiday Ideas
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Eating lamb dumplings called khinkali at a table in Tbilisi, Georgia. ostromentsky/Flickr.com hide caption

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Russia's Defense Shuffle May Tarnish Its Military
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who was recently fired, review military officers on Moscow's Red Square in May. Putin's decision to sack Serdyukov has touched off widespread speculation on the motive. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Russian Scandal Hints At Larger Political Battle
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Erik Christensen, right, from Lev Praha challenges Alexander Ovechkin from Dynamo Moscow during their KHL ice hockey match in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Ovechkin is among those NHL players who were signed by European clubs because of the NHL lockout. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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Russia's Hockey Glad To Have NHL-Lockout Orphans
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Activists from the Young Guard, which supports Russian President Vladimir Putin, have been protesting the Mormon church in Russia, calling it a "totalitarian cult." Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images hide caption

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In Russia, Pro-Putin Youths Protest Mormons As 'Cult'
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Artyom Savelyev, now 9, was sent back to Russia on a plane by his adoptive U.S. mother in 2010. The case stirred anger in Russia. Misha Japaridze/AP hide caption

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Russia, U.S. Seek To Resolve Friction On Adoptions
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