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Spy Poisoning Case Raises Questions About Russian Democracy

Two weeks after the poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, more radiation poisoning cases have been discovered and Moscow is abuzz with rumors of political intrigue. NewsHour Correspondent Simon Marks reports on the criminal investigation and its implications for President Putin's future.

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  • SIMON MARKS, NewsHour Special Correspondent:

    In the shadow of the Kremlin, Russians are having fun this winter. A massive ice rink fills Red Square, a gift to the people of Moscow from one of the city's largest department stores. It has the look and feel of Rockefeller Plaza in New York, and the Muscovites slipping and sliding on the ice say life is good.

  • MOSCOW CITIZEN (through translator):

    This is just superb. It's a great place to go and have fun. And there has never been anything like this on Red Square. I hope this happens every year.

  • SIMON MARKS:

    The ice rink sits on the cobblestones of Red Square, over which Soviet tanks used to rumble during the annual May Day parade. It is redolent of a new Russia emerging under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, prosperous and confident thanks to an oil-fuelled energy boom, but to some foreboding and cold.

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