Janna Rutskaya (left) is a passenger on the Trans-Siberian train. She's on a nonstop, five-day trip from Moscow to her home, Chita, in Russia's Far East. The long train rides, she says, are a time to relax and indulge in a favorite pastime — reading detective novels. And she loves the camaraderie. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In September, the pro-Russia Harmony Center party won parliamentary elections in Latvia. But the governing coalition has left the party on the sidelines. Supporters of the Harmony Center party protest in front of the Parliament building during its opening session in Riga on Oct. 17. The banner reads: "No to ethnic discrimination." Raitis Purins/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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