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 2022-05-20 16:33 

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Georgian Land Wrapped In Polyethylene As Plastic Bag Ban Ignored...

Environmental activists in Georgia say the country's land, water, and atmosphere is contaminated with plastic bags. A plastic bag ban was introduced in 2019, but the activists say the legislation was quickly relaxed by the state. RFE/RL Georgian Servi...

 2022-05-20 16:26 

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Widow Confronts Russian Soldier Who Killed Her Husband At War Crimes Trial...

Kateryna Shelipova confronted the Russian soldier who killed her husband during a war crimes trial in a Kyiv courtroom on May 19. Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a 62-year-old civilian, Oleksandr Shelipov, at the start of...

 2022-05-20 16:10 

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G7 To Provide $9.5 Billion In New Aid To Support Ukraine's Economy...

The Group of Seven (G7) leading economies have agreed to provide $9.5 billion in new economic aid to Ukraine to help Kyiv pay public-employee salaries and ensure the government can continue to function as it defends itself from Russia's invasion....

 2022-05-20 15:56 

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Canada Slaps New Sanctions On Russian Oligarchs, Including Formula One Driver Mazepin...

Canada has announced new sanctions on 14 Russians -- including Formula One race-car driver Nikita Mazepin -- and a ban on the importing and exporting of certain luxury goods from Russia in response to what it called President Vladimir Putin's "con...

 2022-05-20 14:23 

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What Is The Russian 'Terminator' Spotted In Ukraine?...

New images confirm Russia's military deployment of an unusual armored fighting vehicle to the Donbas in Ukraine....

 2022-05-20 12:35 

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Detention Of Khachaturov's Son Upheld On Assault Charge During Yerevan Protests...

A court in Yerevan has upheld the detention of Igor Khachaturov, the son of the former chief of Armenia's armed forces, Yuri Khachaturov, after he was charged with assaulting a policeman during opposition protests this week seeking to force Prime Mini...

 2022-05-20 12:17 

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Shoigu Says Russia To Strengthen Its Western Defenses In Response To NATO Growth...

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Moscow will create new military bases in its western regions and form 12 new units and divisions in response to Sweden and Finland's move to join the NATO military alliance....

 2022-05-20 11:52 

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Ukrainians Tell How Chechen Fighters Made Them Appear In Propaganda Video...

Liberated Ukrainians have told the truth behind a propaganda video they were forced to take part in while their village was occupied by pro-Kremlin Chechen fighters....

 2022-05-20 11:46 

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Russian Duma Mulls Scrapping Upper Age Limit Of 40 For Military Enrollment...

Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, says it will discuss a draft bill that would remove the upper age limit and allow anyone over the age of 18 to sign up for the military, a possible sign that Moscow has suffered heavy personnel losse...

 2022-05-20 11:30 

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Ukrainians Mark Vyshyvanka Day Amid Ongoing Russian Invasion...

Ukrainians proudly wore traditional embroidered clothing on May 19 to celebrate Vyshyvanka Day amid Russia's ongoing invasion of their country....

 2022-05-20 11:11 

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'I Did Not Want To Kill,' Russian Soldier Tells War Crimes Trial...

A Russian soldier on trial for committing a war crime in Ukraine has told the court in his final statement that he didn't want to kill an unarmed civilian as his unit moved through a small village in the north of the country....

 2022-05-20 10:52 

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The Week's Best: 10 Stories Or Videos You Shouldn't Miss...

Here are some of the highlights produced by RFE/RL's team of correspondents, multimedia editors, and visual journalists over the past seven days....

 2022-05-20 09:57 

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This Is Not Just 'Putin's War' And Russians Should '100 Percent' Feel Guilty: A Veteran Russian Analyst Pulls No Punches...

In a wide-ranging interview, Vladislav Inozemtsev, a Russian academic who is the director of the Moscow-based Center for Research on Post-Industrial Studies, discusses Putin's health, whether Russians should feel collective guilt, and predicts how the...

 2022-05-20 09:01 

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UN Concerned About Situation In Restive Tajik Region After Deadly Protests...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over reports of escalating tensions and violence, including casualties, in Tajikistan's restive region of Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO)....

 2022-05-20 06:52 

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Russian Shelling In Eastern Ukraine Kills More Civilians, Turns Donbas Into 'Hell'...

Indiscriminate Russian bombardments pounded Ukraine's eastern region of Luhansk, where at least 13 civilians were killed over the past 24 hours, local authorities said, as Moscow's offensive in the east continues to cause immense damage and suffer...

 2022-05-20 05:36 

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Navalny Allies Urge U.S. Lawmakers To Spread Pain Of Sanctions To Mid-Level Russian Politicians...

Members of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's team were in Washington on May 19 to urge lawmakers to impose sanctions over the war in Ukraine to include figures lower down Russia's political ranks....

 2022-05-19 19:52 

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Blinken Accuses Russia Of Blocking Exports Of Ukrainian Grain, Worsening World Food Crisis...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Russia of using food as a weapon in its war against Ukraine by blocking ports used to ship grain and other commodities....

 2022-05-19 19:42 

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U.S. Senate Gives Final Congressional Approval To $40 Billion Aid Package For Ukraine...

The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly approved a $40 billion package of military and economic aid for Ukraine....

 2022-05-19 17:49 

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Widow Of Murdered Ukrainian Civilian Reacts To Russian Soldier's Guilty Plea...

The widow of a Ukrainian civilian killed by the first Russian soldier on trial for war crimes in Ukraine said he could have "missed" her husband instead of carrying out orders. Kateryna Shelipova's husband, Oleksandr, was fatally shot in the e...

 2022-05-19 17:23 

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Ukrainian Lawmakers Outline Resolution Recognizing Putin As A 'War Criminal'...

Ukrainian lawmakers have outlined a resolution that would designate Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal over for his "aggressive" moves against the country, including launching an unprovoked invasion in February....

 2022-05-19 17:18 

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McDonald's Reaches Agreement To Sell Russian Operations To Local Licensee...

McDonald's says it has signed a deal to sell its business in Russia to a local licensee, Aleksandr Govor, that will give him the global fast-food giant's entire restaurant portfolio in the country and allow him to operate the restaurants under a n...

 2022-05-19 16:58 

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Interview: Can Ukraine's Military Continue To Outperform Russian Forces?...

Retired U.S. Special Forces Colonel Liam Collins, the executive director of the Madison Policy Forum, explains how Ukrainian tactics can beat Russian numbers and why the war won't end soon....

 2022-05-19 15:51 

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Hostilities Grow Between Taliban And Tajikistan Amid Border Closure, Truck Seizures...

The already tense relations between Afghanistan's Taliban authorities and neighboring Tajikistan have worsened in recent weeks. In the latest incident to test the countries' relations, the Taliban closed the border with Tajikistan and seized dozen...

 2022-05-19 14:53 

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Popular Russian Rocker Charged Over Critical Statement About War In Ukraine...

Yury Shevchuk, leader and frontman of DDT, one of Russia's most popular rock groups, has been charged with an administrative misdemeanor over a statement he made during a concert about Russia's ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine....

 2022-05-19 14:29 

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Ukrainian Prosecutors Seek Life In Prison For Russian Soldier Accused Of War Crime...

Prosecutors in Ukraine are seeking life in prison for the first Russian soldier to stand trial on accusations of committing a war crime in Ukraine....

 2022-05-19 13:51 

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Kazakh Political Prisoner Released On Changed Sentence Amid Rights Outcry...

Kazakh civil right activist Asqar Qaiyrbek has been released from prison after a court replaced the remainder of his prison term with a parole-like penalty amid an outcry by human rights groups over political prisoners in the tightly controlled former Sov...

 2022-05-19 12:54 

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Biden To Meet Swedish, Finnish Leaders On NATO Membership...

U.S. President Joe Biden is due to meet the leaders of Sweden and Finland on May 19 after the two countries officially applied for membership in NATO, renouncing their traditional neutrality in response to Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine....

 2022-05-19 12:46 

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U.S. Condemns Belarusian Move To Introduce Death Penalty For 'Terrorists'...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has condemned authoritarian Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka's move to introduce the death penalty for those convicted of "terrorism," a charge his regime often uses against its critics and disside...

 2022-05-19 12:34 

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Amnesty Says Swedish-Iranian 'Hostage' At Risk Of Retaliatory Execution By Tehran...

Amnesty International says Iran is threatening a Swedish-Iranian doctor with imminent execution in order to force Belgium and Sweden to release two imprisoned former Iranian officials and to deter Western countries from future prosecutions of other Irania...

 2022-05-19 11:53 

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Russia Issues Additional Arrest Warrants For Four Navalny Associates...

A court in Moscow has issued additional arrest warrants for several close associates of jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, this time on charges of creating an extremist group....

 2022-05-19 10:39 

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Germany Says 'No Shortcuts' For Ukraine On EU Path, Prompting Criticism From Kyiv...

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Ukraine's bid to join the European Union cannot be fast-tracked despite Russia's invasion, a statement Kyiv said amounted to "second-class4; treatment....

 2022-05-19 09:36 

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Armenia Unrest: Hundreds Arrested In Ongoing Protests...

Thousands took to the streets of Yerevan as protesters decry the potential ceding of disputed territory to Azerbaijan....

 2022-05-19 08:50 

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Western Countries Voice 'Deep Concern' Over Deadly Unrest, Repression In Tajikistan...

Several Western diplomatic missions in Tajikistan have voiced "deep concern" about the latest deadly unrest and authorities' repression of protests in the Central Asian nation's volatile Gorno-Badakhshan region that borders Afghanistan and...

 2022-05-19 07:50 

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UN Chief Urges Russia To Allow Exports Of Ukrainian Grain Through Black Sea Ports...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Russia to allow the secure export of grain through Ukrainian ports....

 2022-05-19 07:37 

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Kyiv Says Russia Counterattacking Near Kharkiv, While Commanders Reportedly Dismissed...

The Ukrainian military says Russian forces have launched counterattacks around Kharkiv in an attempt to regain lost ground after being pushed back to the border, as the Russian commander of an elite tank unit was reportedly suspended for his failure to ca...

 2022-05-19 05:00 

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Vladimir Putin And The Missing Cocaine...

An RFE/RL investigation has uncovered fresh details about a 1-ton cocaine seizure in St. Petersburg in 1993, when Vladimir Putin was head of external relations at the city council. The shipment subsequently went missing....

 2022-05-19 04:40 

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Corned Beef And Cocaine...

Putin's Men, The Israeli Smugglers, And The Great St. Petersburg Drug Bust...

 2022-05-19 04:40 

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To Touch Putin's Door Handle...

The Scandal-Rife Committee That Launched Putin's Political Career...

 2022-05-19 04:40 

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Marina Salye...

The St. Petersburg Lawmaker Who Became Putin's First Accuser...

 2022-05-19 04:40 

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The Committee Men...

When the Soviet Union collapsed three decades ago, an unremarkable 39-year-old retired KGB officer named Vladimir Putin found himself at the helm of a municipal committee in Leningrad, now known by its original name, St. Petersburg....

 2022-05-18 22:47 

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Zelenskiy Mocks Russia's Claim Of Laser Weapon Ready To Deploy In Ukraine...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Russia's claim that it is close to introducing a high-powered laser weapon system to shoot down drones in Ukraine is war-time propaganda distributed by leaders afraid to admit their "catastrophic mistak...

 2022-05-18 19:57 

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Russia Closes Moscow Bureau Of Canadian Public Broadcaster...

Russia has announced that it will close the Moscow offices of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in retaliation for Ottawa's ban of Russian state media outlet RT....

 2022-05-18 19:53 

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Biden's Nominee To Be U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Approved By Senate Committee...

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has unanimously approved President Joe Biden's nominee to be the next ambassador to Ukraine....

 2022-05-18 19:48 

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Russian Director Condemns War At Cannes Film Festival...

Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov spoke out against the war in Ukraine on May 18 following the global premiere of his film Tchaikovsky's Wife at the Cannes Film Festival....

 2022-05-18 19:04 

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Russian Soldier Accused Of War Crime Pleads Guilty At Trial In Kyiv...

The first Russian soldier to stand trial on accusations of committing a war crime in Ukraine has pleaded guilty at a hearing in a Kyiv court....

 2022-05-18 18:40 

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What's Behind The Tumult In Tajikistan's Restive Gorno-Badakhshan Region?...

Anti-government protest in Khorugh, the provincial capital of Gorno-Badakhshan has spread to other parts of the region, prompting the Tajik government to launch an "anti-terrorist" operation. Dushanbe has never been able to exert full control over...

 2022-05-18 17:34 

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Biden Expresses Strong Support For Finland, Sweden NATO Bids...

U.S. President Joe Biden has strongly backed the bids of Finland and Sweden to join NATO in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and said the United States will remain vigilant against any threats to their security....

 2022-05-18 17:22 

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Ukraine Marks Anniversary Of Stalin-Era Deportations Of Crimean Tatars...

Ukraine has marked the 78th anniversary of the Stalin-era deportations of Crimean Tatars from Crimea....

 2022-05-18 17:22 

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Mother Of Ukrainian Soldier Missing In Azovstal Steel Plant Shares His Messages...

The mother of Ukrainian soldier Mark Zatoloka says her son was holding out in the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged port city of Mariupol. Speaking in Kyiv on May 11, Inna Zatoloka shared his terse but poignant text messages. She says she is now in the...

 2022-05-18 17:05 

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U.S. Unlikely To Extend License Allowing Russia To Pay Bond Debt, Increasing Possibility Of Default...

The United States is unlikely to extend a license that allows Russia to pay U.S. bondholders, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on May 18....

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