You think it's dark and cold on the shortest day of the year? Imagine what it's like in Russia — which is almost entirely above the 49th parallel that makes up the majority of the continental US' northern border — where they just got rid of daylight savings.
Sergei Zhuk, an author and rock fan, says Rock and Roll helped bring down the Soviet Union. His book is called "Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, l960-l985." Brigid McCarthy spoke to Zhuk.
Jessica Golloher reports from Moscow on recent attacks suffered by Russian journalists. Two men who were attacked recently had reported on efforts to stop developers from cutting down trees around Moscow to make room for new highways.
Russian president Dmitri Medvedev asserted himself this week by firing Moscow's powerful mayor. Now he faces another test ï¿½ what to do about Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Reporter Eric Niiler speaks with Khodorkovsky's lawyers.
It looks like one of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's New Year's resolutions is to encourage all Russians to think twice about reaching for their favorite drink. As of January 1st, he's setting a higher minimum price for Vodka in Russia.
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