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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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Topic - Left Front
French Communists have dropped the widely recognized hammer and sickle icon from their membership cards in efforts to appeal to younger generations.
Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the ideas of Marx and Lenin are making a comeback in Russia with a wave of young leftists whose potential for mass appeal seems to have rattled the Kremlin.
Accusations that security forces tortured a leftist activist into confessing to a plot to overthrow President Vladimir Putin have triggered fears of a return to Soviet-era political repression and sparked a diplomatic dispute between Moscow and Washington.
Rising discontent over corruption and a lack of real political reform ahead of Sunday's presidential election could force Vladimir Putin into a runoff as he seeks to secure a third term in the Kremlin.
Rising discontent over corruption and a lack of real political reform ahead of Sunday's presidential election could force Vladimir Putin into a run-off as he seeks to secure a third term in the Kremlin.