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Chechen Jihadists & Tightrope-Walking Bears? Is Russia!

  • 03.07.13 02:45 PM EST

Your weekly news update from Russia, greatest country on earth! 

The New Orleans Police Department released a statement on March 6 saying that rumors that the Russian mob is behind abductions of women in the city -- especially the case of schoolteacher Terrilyn Monette -- are exactly that, rumors. 

A group of Islamic militants from the Russian state of Chechnya have joined the Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. 

And on a lighter note, video has surfaced of trained bears walking the tightrope in a St. Petersburg circus.