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Opinion: It should not be a crime to criticize in Putin's Russia

Some critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin have died over the years from murky circumstances, as NPR's Scott Simon points out following the death this week of a Russian oligarch.

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Opinion: It should not be a crime to criticize in Putin's Russia

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David Williams is a stocker at a Dollar General store in New Orleans. He's pushing for better work conditions and pay at his store with help from Step Up Louisiana. Stephan Bisaha/Gulf States Newsroom hide caption

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Dollar store workers in the South have a labor movement. Just don't call it a union

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