Putin Helps Russian Pet Lover to Get a New (Welsh) Puppy

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – April 20, 2015) Russian President Vladimir Putin may have set a dangerous precedent after convincing a retired soldier to buy his wife a pet pooch, possibly spawning a wave of similar requests from animal-lovers nationwide. “Please just say to him: ‘Boris, you’re wrong! Let your wife have a dog!’ We’ve already tried everything,” a woman […]

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In The Land Of Fur Coats, An Embryonic Animal-Rights Movement

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Tom Balmforth – MOSCOW, November 25, 2013) Alfia Karimova’s path to animal-rights activism started when she was shopping online — for a fur coat. The 34-year-old woman from the industrial city of Magnitogorsk was already the proud owner of an elegant silver-fox-fur coat. And with winter coming, she was in the market for another, this time […]

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Yeltsin’s Bear Will Retire to Better Digs Outside Moscow

File Photo of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – July 31, 2013) The brown bear that former president Boris Yeltsin gave to the Moscow zoo will be moved to a new location so that he can meet his old age “with dignity,” the zoo’s director Sergei Popov said at a press conference Tuesday. The zoo had previously received numerous letters from visitors, complaining that […]

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NEWSLINK: Deadly Hobby of Dog Hunting Gains Popularity

File Photo of Dog at Animal Shelter Jumping Up on Person in Winter Clothing, With Beseeching Look

Deadly Hobby of Dog Hunting Gains Popularity – Moscow Times/AP – September 24, 2012 – http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/deadly-hobby-of-dog-hunting-gains-popularity/468660.html The Moscow Times features an AP story about Moscow dog-killers, with reports of at least 70 dead dogs in a week prompting police action.  Psychopaths who poison dogs apparently are using the internet and social networking to share information about the killings and their […]

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