Police officer in Dagestan shoots himself in head to prove drunken bet. (He lost.)

Police officers, have you ever run into the street while off duty and drunkenly fired your handgun into the air? After doing that, have you ever sprinted back to your friends and claimed that you emptied your weapon, only to be told that there might still be one bullet jammed in the chamber? And after this warning, did you then insist that the gun was empty, and — just to prove it — you put the pistol to your temple and pulled the trigger, firing that last round into your head?

The terrorist attack on a Federal Security Service branch in Arkhangelsk: what we know, so far

There was an explosion at the Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Arkhangelsk on the morning of October 31. According to Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee, the bomb detonated inside the building’s entrance at 8:52 a.m. A man entered the building removed an unidentified object from his bag, and sometime later the object exploded, killing the perpetrator and inflicting injuries of varying severity on three FSB officers.

A former city on a former island. Behold the ruins of Aralsk-7, the site of a long-abandoned top-secret Soviet biological weapons lab

Until the 1940s, the only thing on Vozrozhdeniya Island in the Aral Sea was a small fish processing plant. That changed when the Soviet government decided to open a top-secret biological weapons research and test site, transforming the quiet town of Kantubek into the closed military city Aralsk-7. From the 1960s to the late 1980s, the island was home to roughly 1,500 people — mostly scientists working at the laboratory, testing different viruses and bacteria on animals. In 1992, Moscow decided to relocate the entire “Barkhan” complex to Kirov, inside the new Russian Federation. Since then, Kantubek has been a ghost town, and the shrinking Aral Sea (once the fourth-largest lake in the world, drained by Soviet irrigation projects) has receded so dramatically that Vozrozhdeniya Island is now a peninsula connected to modern-day Uzbekistan. Meduza presents photographs by Elyor Nematov from the ruins of Aralsk-7.

The Real Russia. Today. Russia’s biggest floating dock becomes its biggest sunken dock, Ingushetia’s Constitutional Court throws down, and the FSB goes hunting for database leakers

At the 82nd Ship Repair Yard in Murmansk, floating dock PD-50 — one of the largest floating docks in the world — sank. The accident occurred before dawn on October 30, as the “Admiral Kuznetsov” Russian aircraft carrier was exiting the dock. According to the news agency SeverPost, two tower cranes collapsed during the incident, one falling onto the ship. Here are the highlights:

Pro-Kremlin activists reportedly trash the Nemtsov memorial (again), this time destroying the wreath left by John Bolton

Members of the pro-Kremlin SERB movement reportedly destroyed the Boris Nemtsov memorial at the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow, maintained at the site of the politician’s murder in 2015. According to the website MBKh Media, the group showed up on October 30, led by Igor Beketov, and proceeded to tear apart and trash the wreaths and portraits left to commemorate the assassinated deputy prime minister.

Ingushetia’s Constitutional Court says the controversial border deal with Chechnya is unconstitutional. Does that mean the protesters have won?

On October 4, Ingushetia’s Parliament approved an agreement with the neighboring Chechen Republic redrawing parts of their shared boundary. The controversial deal sparked mass protests in Ingushetia, where demonstrators argue that the agreement unfairly divides the borderlands. The deal’s opponents say Ingushetia shouldn’t cede any territory to Chechnya. On October 30, the Ingush Constitutional Court ruled that the border agreement violates Ingushetia’s Constitution. Meduza looks at whether this decision could be enough to force the Ingush authorities to abandon their deal with Chechnya.

Ingush Constitutional Court strikes down controversial border deal with Chechnya

Ingushetia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a law codifying a controversial border agreement with Chechnya is unconstitutional. The court decided that the law, signed by Republic head Yunus-bek Yevkurov, violates three articles of the Ingush Constitution, which says “power belongs to the people,” requires any border changes to take into account public opinion, and obligates the state to preserve the republic’s territorial integrity.