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 2021-06-16 21:21 

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After Clampdown On 'Muslim Brotherhood,' Tajikistan Goes After Alleged Salafiya Members...

Just weeks after sentencing nearly 120 "members of a Muslim Brotherhood cell," Tajikistan has begun the trial of some 20 alleged members of the banned Salafi Islamic movement. Critics say the government exaggerates the threats to clamp down on dis...

 2021-06-16 20:39 

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Putin: I Think There Were Glimmers Of Trust...

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he didn't feel under any pressure during his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva on June 16. He said he found Biden to be a very experienced leader with whom he had plenty to talk about during an almos...

 2021-06-16 19:43 

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'This Is Not About Trust': Biden Says 'Self-Interest' Is Key To Relationship With Putin...

U.S. President Joe Biden said talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, focused on arms control mechanisms, avoiding unintended conflicts, and improving cybersecurity. But, he said, the relationship would be based on verification and self intere...

 2021-06-16 17:12 

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U.S. Convicts Russian For Malware 'Crypting' Services...

Russian national Oleg Koshkin has been found guilty by a U.S. jury in Connecticut of operating a "crypting" service that helped hackers infect computers around the world with malware, the U.S. Justice Department announced on July 16....

 2021-06-16 16:59 

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Nephew Of Former Armenian President Sarkisian Sentenced To Prison On Criminal Charges...

An Armenian court has sentenced a nephew of former President Serzh Sarkisian to 5 1/2 years in prison on charges of illegal obtaining ammunition for a pistol and illegal drug possession....

 2021-06-16 16:41 

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Ukraine Roots Out Ring Behind Hacks On U.S. Universities, South Korean Firms...

Police in Ukraine said on June 16 that they exposed a ring of hackers who targeted some of the most prestigious U.S. universities as well as commercial companies in South Korea....

 2021-06-16 15:46 

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Journalism Watchdog Warns That Russia Is 'Killing Off' Independent Media...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has warned of the "gradual disappearance" of independent media in Russia, and urged President Vladimir Putin to repeal a "draconian 'foreign agents' law" that has been used to target RFE/RL and other...

 2021-06-16 15:13 

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Biden, Putin Meet In Geneva For Key Summit...

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands outside the Villa de la Grange in Geneva ahead of their first summit. The June 16 meeting comes at a time when relations are at an all-time low between the two countries. The first ...

 2021-06-16 13:39 

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Belarusian Widow Ordered To Pay Taxes On Donations Received After Police Killed Her Husband...

The widow of a Belarusian activist who was shot dead in August 2020 by riot police in Minsk has been ordered to pay taxes on donations she received after the killing....

 2021-06-16 12:59 

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EU Foreign-Policy Chief Says It's Time To 'Push Back' Against Russia...

European Union foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell says the EU needs to "push back, constrain, and engage" Moscow....

 2021-06-16 12:58 

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What You Need To Know About Iran's Presidential Election...

Iranians go to the polls on June 18 to choose a president. But how much choice does the election really offer?...

 2021-06-16 12:44 

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Russian Lawmakers Approve Bill Criminalizing Links To 'Undesirable' Organizations...

The Russian parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, has approved the third and final reading of a bill that would criminalize participation in the activities of foreign or international NGOs declared "undesirable"; in Russia....

 2021-06-16 10:54 

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Moscow Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Compulsory For Many Service Employees...

Moscow authorities have decided to make vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory for 60 percent of employees in the service sector, as coronavirus cases continued to surge in the Russian capital....

 2021-06-16 10:04 

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Confidence In Vladimir Putin Going South...

On average, only about 26 percent of people in selected advanced economies have some level of confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin to do the right thing in regards to world affairs....

 2021-06-16 09:49 

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Hundreds In Bishkek Call On Government To Find Missing Educator...

Some 300 people rallied in Bishkek on June 16 to demand that authorities locate a Turkish-Kyrgyz educator who disappeared more than two weeks earlier....

 2021-06-16 09:29 

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Prominent Television Anchor And Poet Flees Belarus Amid Crackdown...

Belarusian television anchor and poet Valyaryna Kustava has fled the country after at least two criminal cases were launched against her....

 2021-06-16 09:10 

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Reformist Candidate Drops Out Of Iran's Presidential Election...

One of two reformists approved to run in Iran's June 18 presidential election has withdrawn his candidacy....

 2021-06-16 09:10 

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China In Eurasia Briefing: China Becomes Part Of Hungary's Domestic Politics...

The fight over Fudan University, Tajikistan and the Uyghurs, Biden's G7 agenda, Montenegro's China debt, and how Beijing and Islamabad negotiate....

 2021-06-16 08:48 

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Armenian Authorities Urged To Drop Charges Against Yazidi Activist...

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Armenian authorities to immediately drop the charge of incitement of national enmity against Yazidi rights activist Sashik Sultanian....

 2021-06-16 08:34 

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Neutral Ground: Geneva Prepares For Putin-Biden Summit...

All eyes are on Geneva as the picturesque Swiss city prepares for the June 16 meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents....

 2021-06-16 08:05 

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Protesters In Kazakhstan Picket Supreme Court For Retrials...

Dozens of protesters from different parts of Kazakhstan have staged separate, single-person protests in front of the Supreme Court in Nur-Sultan....

 2021-06-16 07:36 

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How Many Iranians Vote In Presidential Elections?...

On June 18, 2021, Iranians will choose their next president. According to the semiofficial Iranian Students Polling Agency, the turnout is expected to be very low. Here's how turnouts from previous presidential elections compare....

 2021-06-16 06:00 

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Ukrainian Woman, Seven Children Being Repatriated From Syria...

Ukraine's government is repatriating a Ukrainian woman and her seven children from Syria, an RFE/RL correspondent on the Syrian-Iraqi border reported....

 2021-06-16 05:38 

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U.S. Justice Department Urges Supreme Court To Reinstate Death Penalty For Boston Marathon Bomber...

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev....

 2021-06-16 05:12 

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Arms Control, Cybersecurity, Climate Change, COVID-19 Top Agenda For Biden-Putin Summit...

With Russian-U.S. relations at a low not seen since the Cold War, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were set to meet in Geneva on June 16 for their first major summit -- just months after the U.S. president said he believes his Russian counterpart is a killer....

 2021-06-16 03:56 

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Ryanair Chief Warns Against 'Politicizing' Airspace, Says Ban On Flying Over Belarus Untenable In Long-Term...

The chief executive of Ryanair says he opposes a long-term ban on flights over Belarus, warning that it's dangerous to politicize a country's airspace....

 2021-06-15 19:40 

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EU Envoy Sees Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks, Swiss Say U.S. Seeking 'New Path'...

The top European diplomat coordinating international talks to revive a 5-year-old deal to limit Iran's nuclear activities has urged patience but says he thinks "the obstacles [are]...something that I think can be bridged."...

 2021-06-15 19:19 

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Putin Revels In U.S. TV Interviews, But His Target Audience May Be In Russia...

Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest interview with U.S. TV made headlines in the West and set the tone for his summit with Joe Biden. But analysts say his responses were geared largely to a domestic audience, buttressing the Russian state TV nar...

 2021-06-15 18:31 

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Belarus's Barysevich Wins CPJ's Press Freedom Award...

Katsyaryna Barysevich of Belarus is among four "courageous" journalists from around the world to receive the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) 2021 International Press Freedom Awards....

 2021-06-15 17:51 

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U.S., EU Pledge To 'High-Level Dialogue On Russia' Going Forward...

The United States and European Union have announced an agreement to "establish an EU-U.S. high-level dialogue on Russia" to better coordinate policies and actions....

 2021-06-15 17:38 

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Tajikistan Accused Of Helping China In Campaign Against Uyghurs...

Uyghur groups want the International Criminal Court to investigate reported widespread abuse by Chinese officials against ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims. But since China is not a member of the ICC, it cannot investigate Beijing, but rather countries tha...

 2021-06-15 16:32 

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Jailed Russian Activist Pivovarov's Appeal Rejected...

A court in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar has rejected an appeal against the continued detention of the jailed former executive director of the pro-democracy Open Russia movement, Andrei Pivovarov....

 2021-06-15 16:26 

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'We Don't Know Where To Appeal': After Fleeing Russia, Gay Man Fights For Custody Of Adopted Son...

A gay Moscow man has fled Russia and is facing the prospect of losing custody of his disabled 10-year-old adopted son in a Kafkaesque confrontation with the authorities....

 2021-06-15 15:17 

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Turkish President Visits Azerbaijani-Controlled City In Nagorno-Karabakh...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has visited a part of Nagorno-Karabakh that is under Azerbaijan's control along with one of the seven districts adjacent to the breakaway region that Baku regained control over last autumn as a result of a six-we...

 2021-06-15 14:23 

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'She Pulls Goats Like A Man': Tajik Buzkashi Player Shatters Stereotypes...

Tajik rider Malika Rajabova is used to being the only woman on the field when she plays buzkashi, a Central Asian sport in which competitors on horseback fight to grab a goat carcass. She says some men have told her she shouldn't play, but that has on...

 2021-06-15 12:42 

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Russia Reportedly Removes Belarusian Opposition Leader From Wanted List...

Russian police have removed Belarusian opposition politician Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya from their wanted list at the initiative of the Belarusian authorities, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reports....

 2021-06-15 12:29 

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Boom! The Great Baku Oil Rush...

Spectacular historical photos of the fiery, fortune-making oil fields of the Caucasus that once supplied half of the world's "black gold."...

 2021-06-15 09:41 

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Trial Date Set For Belarusian Vlogger Tsikhanouski, Other Opposition Figures...

A court in Belarus has set June 24 as the date for the start of the trial of Belarusian video blogger Syarhey Tsikhanouski -- a leading opposition figure who was arrested in 2020 after expressing his willingness to challenge authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr...

 2021-06-15 09:27 

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Kazakh Activist Convicted Of Having Ties To Banned Political Groups...

A court in Kazakhstan's southern city of Shymkent has given a parole-like sentence to an activist after convicting him on charges of having ties with two banned opposition groups....

 2021-06-15 09:00 

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Serbia, Kosovo Resume EU-Brokered Talks On Normalizing Ties...

The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo on June 15 are relaunching EU-mediated talks in Brussels that are aimed at normalizing their relations....

 2021-06-15 08:43 

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Hardship And Homelessness Amid Iran's Presidential Race...

Iranians are due to go to the polls on June 18 to elect a successor to President Hassan Rohani amid a deep and ongoing economic crisis. Crippling U.S. sanctions, rampant inflation, government mismanagement, and the COVID-19 pandemic have caused widespread...

 2021-06-15 08:26 

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Navalny's Lawyer Quits Parliamentary Elections Over Draconian Law...

Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), says she is quitting her bid to become a member of parliament in order to protect her campaign team from being prosecuted under a draconian...

 2021-06-15 07:55 

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Kremlin Says Deals At Putin-Biden Talks In Geneva Unlikely But Meeting Useful...

A summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Geneva on June 16 is unlikely to yield concrete agreements but the meeting will still be useful, a Kremlin aide says....

 2021-06-15 03:20 

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'No Illusions' About Reset Of Relations When Biden, Putin Meet...

On June 16, Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin for the first U.S.-Russian summit of Biden's presidency. The talks in Switzerland are not expected to produce a diplomatic breakthrough, but they offer an opportunity for Biden to take a f...

 2021-06-15 01:15 

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Navalny Death Would Be 'Tragedy' And 'Hurt' Russia's Relations With World, Biden Says...

U.S. President Joe Biden says if jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny were to die, it would be a "tragedy" that would damage Russia's relationship with the United States and the rest of the world....

 2021-06-14 19:24 

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Iran Approves Emergency Use Of Domestic COVID Vaccine...

Iranian authorities say they have given emergency approval for a domestically developed vaccine against COVID-19 as the country battles the Middle East's deadliest coronavirus outbreak....

 2021-06-14 17:58 

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Belarus Opposition Says Detained Blogger Pratasevich Paraded As 'Trophy' At Media Event...

Belarusian authorities have paraded detained opposition blogger Raman Pratasevich at a news conference during which they gave their disputed version of why they diverted a Ryanair commercial fight....

 2021-06-14 17:00 

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Ukrainian Power Broker Yermak Has President's Ear, West's Attention...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, is considered the second-most-powerful person in Ukraine, wielding more influence than even the prime minister. And many in the West who question his ties to Russia and reform cr...

 2021-06-14 15:33 

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NATO Sees No Return To 'Business As Usual' With Russia...

Leaders of NATO member states have said there could be no return to normal relations between the Western military alliance and Russia until it complies with international law....

 2021-06-14 13:49 

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Parents Of U.S. Ex-Marine Jailed In Russia Hope To See Their Son Released Soon...

The parents of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Russia for allegedly assaulting two police officers say they hope to see their son released soon....

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