February 9, 2014

10 Things You May Not Know About Russia

Jacob & Benzkofer, Chicago Tribune

The Associated Press

Russia is in the spotlight — hosting the Winter Olympics, exerting its influence in Ukraine and defending its crackdown on gays against international criticism. So let's wrestle the Russian bear, best of 10 rounds:

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