Never Bored: Kids surf through flooded streets behind SUV in Russia

Heavy rainfall resulted in flooding in Simferopol. At least six streets, courtyards, and squares near the railway station were affected. No injuries are reported.

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Who Killed the Former Russian Spy?: VICE News Capsule, January 27

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Another sign of Russia’s crackdown on the Crimean Tatars, Egypt convicts doctor of manslaughter in first FGM trial, UK launches public inquiry into death of ex-KGB agent, and scientists prepare a group of water fleas for a mission into space.

CRIMEA
Russian Forces Storm Independent Television Station
Dozens of armed, masked men raided the offices of ATR in Simferopol. They confiscated archival footage of a 2014 demonstration against the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, and shut down nearly all the station’s broadcast operations.

EGYPT
Country’s First-Ever Female Genital Mutilation Conviction
Dr. Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years for manslaughter and three months for carrying out FGM on 13-year-old Suhair Al-Batea.

UNITED KINGDOM
Public Inquiry Launched Into Death of Former Russian Spy
Officials hope to determine once and for all if Russia can be implicated in the death of Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed by radiation poisoning in November 2006.

SPACE
Water Fleas Prepared for Special One-Month Mission
Astronauts will observe the swimming and breeding patterns of the creatures daily for signs of stress. Scientists hope their findings will help them understand how humans would react under the same conditions.

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Tatar Nation: The Other Crimea

Crimea’s Tatars — who amount to 12 percent of the peninsula’s 2.2 million residents — overwhelmingly boycotted the March 16th referendum for Crimea to become part of Russia. The Tatar’s bad history with Russia was a major factor of their decision, as Stalin persecuted and deported them en masse from the Crimean Peninsula in 1944. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Tatars trickled back into Crimea, but their status there was always temporary. With Crimea’s much-disputed status as part of Russia following the referendum, the future of the Tatars is a big question mark. VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky spent some time with Tatars in Simferopol in the week leading up to the referendum to get their side of the story.

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Meet the Crimeans Who Voted to Join Russia: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 13)

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Some people might say that two weeks isn’t enough time to prepare for referendum to separating from the country that you’ve been a part of for the last 70 years. But that’s not what a reported 95.5 percent of Crimeans think, according to the official vote count. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the polling stations in Simferopol, including predominantly Tartar areas where the pro-Russian fervor is seemingly absent.

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Russian Commandos Attempt to Intimidate Press: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 11)

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Russian commandos stormed the Moskva Hotel in Simferopol, and nobody really knows why. It was the eve of the referendum and the hotel is where many of the international journalists covering the situation in Crimea are staying. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky tries to figure out if the troops were sent on a manhunt, or on a mission to intimidate members of the press.

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Pro-Russia & Pro-Ukraine Protesters Face Off: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 7)

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In dispatch 7, Simon is back in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, where both pro and anti-Russia demonstrations are dividing the region. Pro-Russia protesters believe that the country’s strong economy will help Crimea, while anti-Russia protesters feel that their land has been taken over by bandits.

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Start from the beginning and watch dispatch one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNKsLlK52ss&index=2&list=PLw613M86o5o5zqF6WJR8zuC7Uwyv76h7R

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