Protesters Will Dump Vodka In Front of the Russian Consulate in Protest of the New "Homosexual Propaganda" Law

The Russian Consulate is about to stink like rubbing alcohol. Today at noon, protesters will gather in front the Russian Consulate in New York and dump Russian-made vodka into gutters in protest of Moscow's June 11 passage of a law banning "homosexual propaganda." The law effectively outlaws outward any expression of homosexuality, coming just short of criminalizing gay sexuality in general. So, college freshmen and people without taste buds, take to your parents' liquor cabinets and frat house basements, grab the nearest bottle of Russian Standard, and head to 9 East 91st Street. They need you.

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Ownership of the Brooklyn Nets Is Traveling to Russia

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Globalization: 1, Jay-Z: 0. Two months after Jay-Z gave up his stake in the newly minted Brooklyn Nets, on Thursday Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov (and Nets owner) announced he'd be moving the team's ownership company to the Motherland.

Why? According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Prokhorov wants to run for office, but can't because of a new law that forbids Russians seeking government positions from having stakes in foreign companies. We can think of dumber laws the Duma has passed in recent months. But if you can't beat 'em ... move 'em to a different time zone.

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Two Members of Pussy Riot Popped Up at Bluestockings This Week

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When two members of Pussy Riot took off their balaclavas at the Lower East Side's Bluestockings Monday evening, it probably made that night one of the most internationally significant, if clandestine, moments in the feminist bookstore's 14-year history. The event, kept under a strict 48-hour embargo, was covered by the Guardian's Spencer Ackerman, who attended the small gathering with "50-odd" activists who learned about the appearance by word of mouth.

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Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra Fluke; Students Protest As Kelly Speaks On Muslim Surveillance; Romney Wins Washington State Caucuses

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Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke Saturday, who he called a "slut" for testifying in favor of contraception coverage. "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir," he said in a statement. "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices." Meanwhile, Limbaugh continues to see fallout as a result of his continued attacks on Fluke, in which he's likened her to a "prostitute" and mocked President Barack Obama for calling to thank her for her testimony. Quicken Loans and five other advertisers have all pulled ads from Limbaugh's show. [Rush Limbaugh, ABC, NYT]

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded; Protests in Russia; Hollywood Gunman

Three women received the Nobel Peace Prize today at a ceremony in Oslo. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, social worker Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkul Karman were all "chosen for their non-violent struggle against injustice, sexual violence and repression." Sirleaf "became Africa's first democratically-elected female president in 2006," Gbowee "led a women's movement that protested the use of rape and child soldiers in Liberia's civil war," and Karman "founded the rights group Women Journalists without Chains." The three will each receive $1.5 million. [CNN]

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Russian Mars Probe Will Probably be the Latest Thing to Crash into Earth

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In September, NASA's UARS satellite plummeted back to Earth, scattering debris over the Pacific Ocean. In October, Germany's ROSAT orbiting telescope reentered our atmosphere and crashed somewhere in Southeast Asia. Following this pattern of space crap falling back to Earth comes Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, a craft that was intended to land on Mars' moon Phobos, but instead is looking like it won't even make it out of our orbit.

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Putin and Medvedev Play Badminton for Control of Russia

Last month, Dmitri Medvedev announced he will not seek reelection and plans to allow Vladimir Putin to run for the Russian presidency in 2012. Any suspicions of bad blood between the two can be put to rest after watching the above video of Putin and Medvedev engaged in what looks like the most tepid game of badminton ever played. According to the Telegraph, Medvedev is a Badminton enthusiast. "It's not just a game," he says about the game half-enjoyed by nine-year-olds everywhere.

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Oligarch Fight!: Billionaire Punches Billionaire on Russian Talk Show [VIDEO]

What would you rather watch: A discussion on economic turmoil or a fistfight? Thanks to Russian television, you don't have to choose! Billionaires Alexander Lebedev and Sergei Polonsky appeared on a panel to give their thoughts on the recent financial crisis. Both men made their fortunes with varying investments, and their insight into this economic quagmire is valuable. What is invaluable, however, is Lebedev's one-two combination that sent Polonsky stumbling out of his chair. Until Elizabeth Warren cold-clocks Mitch McConnell on Meet the Press, we're watching Russian television for all our global financial news. Video after the jump.

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Plane Crash in Russia Kills 44; Fatal Shooting on Lower East Side; Today Is the Longest Day of the Year

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• A passenger jet carrying 52 people crashed in Russia last night, killing 44 perople on board. The plane was a RusAir Tupolev-134; it crashed into a highway near Besovets airport in northern Russian in thick fog. Experts are blaming the spate of recent air disasters in Russia on "aging jets, poor pilot training and lax government oversight." [NYT]

• There was a fatal shooting at 85 Pitt Street, between Rivington and Stanton, on the Lower East Side last night. The NYPD says that Jonathan Alston, a 23-year old man from Brooklyn, was shot in the head and killed around 12:30 a.m. [The Lo-Down]

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Dmitry Medvedev Gets Down, Gets Funky

Because it's fun to watch people dance, foolishly, and because it's more fun when they are Russian presidents, here is Dmitry Medvedev (in the gray) dancing his ass off to "American Boy," but not the version you're thinking of. While Animal NY thinks that Medvedev's rigid dance is akin to treason, there's a certain jazziness about the arms that we believe could do wonders for international relations. Of course, it's hardly Assange-level, but then, nothing is.