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Deadly costs of journalism

Russia: Often-lethal violence against those investigating corruption has raised little concern in government circles. The writers’ village of Peredelkino is just 12 miles from Red Square and almost surrounded by the grim high-rise apartment blocks in which most of Moscow’s inhabitants live. A quirk of the topography, though, gives an enchanting effect. Stands of pine, fir and silver birch are astutely planted around a natural dip in the landscape. The ugly buildings are shielded from view. The overall impression is of being in the heart of the Russian countryside. Peredelkino is a peaceful place, particularly at this time of year when the snow lies thick on the ground. It was here that the Nobel laureate Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, lived and died. He is buried in the little graveyard in the shadow of the golden domes of the parish church. Full Story

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