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Putin opens monument to Stalin’s victims, dissidents cry foul

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a monument to the victims of Stalinist purges on Monday, but Soviet-era dissidents accused him of cynicism at a time when they say authorities are riding roughshod over civil freedoms.   Russian President Vladimir Putin with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian …

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Hosni Mubarak steps down after nearly 30 years as president of Egypt, Whitney Houston drowns in her bathtub … on this date in history. Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2016 with 324 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars …

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2015 with 306 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include French essayist Michel de Montaigne in …

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2015 with 323 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Englishman Henry Fox Talbot, …

Leonid Brezhnev plaque could be restored in Moscow – Telegraph

A plaque commemorating Leonid Brezhnev, the late Soviet leader, may be restored to the facade of the Moscow apartment building where he lived, in the latest sign of nostalgia promoted by President Vladimir Putin. Critics say Brezhnev, who ruled longer than any Soviet leader except dictator Josef Stalin, presided over …