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Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Freed On Bail



KIROV - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from detention on bail Friday, one day after being sentenced to five years for theft and embezzlement.

The Kirov regional court, east of Moscow, ruled that keeping him in custody would deprive him of his right to stand in the mayoral elections in the capital in September, reports Kommersant. The three judges decided to allow him to await the appeal decision at home and to campaign.

Once in Moscow, he will decide whether to boycott the elections or to continue his campaign, Navalny said, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

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Thousands of Russians protested against his conviction, saying it was politically motivated. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday that the Kirov court verdict confirmed that the judiciary is not independent, reports CNN.

The 37-year-old activist was found guilty of defrauding about $500,000 from a state-run timber company. This prominent campaigner against Vladimir Putin during last year's presidential elections has also accused an array of government officials of corruption.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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