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 2021-09-20 11:06 

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The Untouchable: How Kadyrov Maintains His Tight Grip On Chechnya...

Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Chechnya, has been overwhelmingly reelected for another term in voting held across Russia on September 17-19. The result came as a surprise to no one, as the election was widely seen as merely symbolic and he faced ...

 2021-09-20 10:50 

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Tempers Flare At Serbia-Kosovo Border As Pristina Presses 'Reciprocal' Move Over License Plates...

Frictions rose at Kosovo's border with Serbia on September 20 as Kosovar authorities deployed special police units to enforce a policy of removing Serbian license plates from vehicles entering Kosovo....

 2021-09-20 07:23 

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Several Killed In Shooting At Russian University In Perm; Gunman 'Neutralized'...

Russian media is reporting that a gunman opened fire and killed several people at a university in the city of Perm....

 2021-09-20 05:25 

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Kremlin-Backed Governor Of Khabarovsk Wins Election After Protests Against His Appointment...

The Kremlin-appointed governor of Khabarovsk won the election to head the Far Eastern region, more than a year after the arrest of his popular predecessor triggered protests....

 2021-09-19 22:03 

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Victory For Kremlin In Elections Tainted By Irregularities...

Russia's parliamentary elections have ended with victory for the ruling United Russia party amid widespread allegations of irregularities. Videos on social media showed what appeared to be ballot stuffing, and opposition parties alleged other violatio...

 2021-09-19 21:43 

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Three Migrants Crossing Into Poland From Belarus Found Dead...

Three people who were trying to illegally cross into Poland from Belarus were found dead near the border, Poland's Border Patrol said on September 19....

 2021-09-19 20:39 

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A Win For United Russia? A Loss For Navalny's Smart Voting? Five Takeaways From Russia's Elections...

It's been a messy and opaque election season in Russia, with the opposition largely barred from running and a crackdown on opponents showing no signs of abating. Here are five takeaways from the vote, and what it means for Russia going forward....

 2021-09-19 18:48 

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Mali's Junta Dismisses Warnings Not To Hire Russia's Vagner 'Mercenaries'...

Mali's ruling junta dismissed warnings by Western governments not to hire "mercenaries"; from private Russian security firm Vagner, saying it will do as it sees fit....

 2021-09-19 18:40 

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Russia's Forest Fire Damage Worst Since Accurate Recording Began, Greenpeace Says...

Russia has lost a record amount of forest acreage to fire this year since accurate recording began two decades ago, Greenpeace said....

 2021-09-19 17:17 

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Thousands March For LGBT Rights In Ukraine...

Thousands of people including diplomats marched peacefully through the Ukrainian capital in an annual gay pride parade that spurred a smaller counterprotest....

 2021-09-19 17:05 

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At-Home Voting In Russia Opens Another Door To Fraud, Evidence Suggests...

Russian monitors say that home voting is also likely being used to skew the results of the voting for the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament house, and local legislatures and posts....

 2021-09-19 15:38 

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Annual March Calls For Same-Sex Unions In Serbia...

Hundreds joined the annual LGBT Pride parade in Belgrade on September 18. Participants held banners with slogans such as "Love is a law," referring to their demand that Serbia allow the registration of same-sex unions. Unlike previous years, the m...

 2021-09-19 06:35 

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Russians Vote In Final Day Of Elections With Widespread Allegations Of Irregularities...

Russians vote on September 19 in the final day of three-day parliamentary elections marred by allegations of widespread irregularities and a fresh crackdown on jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's movement....

 2021-09-19 00:14 

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U.S. Seeks Acceleration Of EU-Balkan Integration, Senior Official Says...

WASHINGTON -- The United States wants to see the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union accelerate from its snail-like pace and will push to reinvigorate the process, a senior U.S. State Department official said.Gabriel Escobar, who ea...

 2021-09-19 00:14 

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U.S. Seeks Acceleration Of EU-Balkan Integration, Senior Official Says...

The United States wants to see the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union accelerate from its snail-like pace and will push to reinvigorate the process, a senior U.S. State Department official said....

 2021-09-19 00:08 

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Iran's Khamenei Tells Olympic Medalists That Athletes Must Boycott Sports With Israelis...

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranian athletes that they must continue to refrain from playing competitive sports against Israelis, even if they are disciplined by international bodies for it....

 2021-09-18 15:49 

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Russian Social Media Swamped With Video Evidence Of Ballot-Box Stuffing...

Even though the Russian authorities no longer allow the public to see the live video feeds from polling stations as the country votes, many videos from polling stations across the country have emerged that seem to show flagrant ballot-box stuffing....

 2021-09-18 13:44 

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When It Comes To Election Fraud, Not All Russian Regions Are Created Equal...

Russia has never held a post-Soviet election that met recognized democratic standards. But that does not mean that the fraud has been evenly spread across the country....

 2021-09-18 13:35 

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Arrests Made At Kazakh Opposition Protest...

Kazakh police have detained at least six activists during a protest organized by the unregistered Democratic Party of Kazakhstan in the southeastern city of Almaty....

 2021-09-18 13:11 

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The Son Rises In Turkmenistan...

The Turkmen president's son comes of presidential age and the highest legislative body in the country convenes on Independence Day. Is the long-awaited succession coming?...

 2021-09-18 12:31 

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Detentions At Kazakh Opposition Rally...

The Kazakh police detained at least six activists during a September 18 opposition protest in Almaty. Supporters of the officially unregistered Democratic Party chanted: "Nazarbaev, go away!" Former authoritarian President Nursultan Nazarbaev has ...

 2021-09-18 05:14 

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Telegram Removes Navalny's Smart Voting From Messaging Service...

Popular messaging app Telegram is suspending all chat bots used in the Russian elections campaign, in another blow to jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Smart Voting initiative after Apple and Google removed the election-guide app from the...

 2021-09-18 04:59 

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Russian Elections Enter Second Day After Opposition App Restricted, Reports Of Forced Voting...

Russians headed to the polls for the second of three days of voting on September 18 in elections already marred by uproar after Google and Apple were pressured by authorities to remove an opposition voting app from their online stores....

 2021-09-17 19:39 

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Russian Oligarch Vows To Appeal Swiss Prosecutor's Decision To Drop Case Against Art Dealer...

Lawyers for Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev say he will appeal a decision by Swiss prosecutors to close his case against a top art dealer he accused of swindling him out of more than $1 billion....

 2021-09-17 16:59 

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Siberian Election Official Says At-Home Voting Being Misused To Falsify Elections...

Andrei Biryukov, a member of the regional election commission of Siberia's Kemerovo region, says he has discovered procedural violations in all 12 polling stations around the town of Guryevsk....

 2021-09-17 15:46 

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Key Supporter Breaks Ties With Navalny Associates...

One of the most outspoken supporters of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says she is "disappointed4; with the Kremlin-critic's exiled associates and has broken ties with them as the country heads to polling stations for elec...

 2021-09-17 15:17 

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State-Sector Workers Vote En Masse On The First Of Three Voting Days...

Budget-sector workers in Russia were pictured flocking to polling stations across the country as voting in nationwide legislative elections began....

 2021-09-17 14:13 

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Belarus Suspends Probe Into Killing Of Anti-Government Protester...

The Belarusian Prosecutor-General's Office says it has suspended an investigation into the death of Raman Bandarenka, the anti-government protester whose killing in November 2020 intensified unprecedented protests....

 2021-09-17 13:42 

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Angry Khabarovsk Votes On Replacement For Arrested Popular Governor...

The Kremlin set off a revolt of sorts in July 2020 when law enforcement arrested the popular governor of the Khabarovsk region, Sergei Furgal, and replaced him with a temporary appointee from Moscow, Mikhail Degtyaryov....

 2021-09-17 13:26 

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Uzbek Officers' Body Cameras Show Disturbing Scenes Of Detention That Turned Deadly...

Aziz Ahmedov, a 40-year-old tax collector, died after he was stopped by police in Uzbekistan's Samarkand region. An Interior Ministry statement attributed his death to a heart attack, but his relatives believe he died as a result of the police officer...

 2021-09-17 12:47 

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The Week's Best: Nine Stories You Need To Read (Or Watch)...

Hey, you're busy! We know rferl.org isn't the only website you read. And that it's just possible you may have missed some of our most compelling journalism this week. Here's a quick way to catch up....

 2021-09-17 11:57 

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#FreeViasna Campaign Launched To Free Belarusian Human Rights Defenders...

A group of 23 international and Belarusian nongovernmental organizations are launching a campaign to demand the release of seven members of Belarus's Vyasna human rights center who were detained as part of a wider crackdown on civil society following ...

 2021-09-17 11:18 

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Kyrgyzstan Adds Former Leaders Of Canada's Centerra Gold To Wanted List...

Kyrgyzstan has added several former leaders of Canada's Centerra Gold company and its operator of the Kumtor Gold company to its wanted list as part of a widening investigation into alleged corruption during the development of a major gold-mining proj...

 2021-09-17 09:32 

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders Meet In Dushanbe With Afghanistan In Focus...

Leaders of the Russia and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are holding talks in the Tajik capital with their attention centered on the regional fallout from the U.S.-led international military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban&#...

 2021-09-17 09:20 

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Georgian Chess Champion Sues Netflix For 'Brazenly' Lying In Hit Show 'The Queen's Gambit'...

Soviet-era Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili has launched a $5 million lawsuit against Netflix for defamation, accusing the streaming network of "brazenly and deliberately" lying about her in the fictional television series The Queen'...

 2021-09-17 08:57 

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Donbas Vote Seen As Key Element In The Kremlin's Election Effort...

Moscow has accelerated its push to process citizenship for residents of areas held by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, and is reportedly busing them across the border so they can vote in the Russian elections this weekend....

 2021-09-17 08:28 

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The Week In Russia: The Vote And The Virus...

Russians go to the polls and Putin goes into self-isolation. Amid a clampdown that has further narrowed the field and limited the right to representation, voters cast ballots in parliamentary and local elections, while the president retreats after an outb...

 2021-09-17 07:35 

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Outsmarting The Kremlin? How Navalny's 'Smart Voting' Works....

Smart Voting is a successful voting strategy promoted by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that makes the Kremlin -- and the ruling United Russia party -- nervous. It helps opposition-minded Russians vote for candidates deemed most capable of beating cand...

 2021-09-17 07:10 

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Navalny Allies Say 'Smart Voting' App Disappears from Apple, Google Stores...

Associates of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny say Apple and Google have removed Navalny's Smart Voting application from their online stores as a three-day parliamentary poll kicked off in Russia....

 2021-09-16 20:19 

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Russians Voting In Parliamentary Elections, With Coronavirus, Corruption, (And Putin) On Their Minds...

Wearied by the coronavirus, frustrated by stagnating wages, impatient with unchecked corruption, Russians have begun voting for a new lower house of parliament, with the political future of President Vladimir Putin looming in the background....

 2021-09-16 19:57 

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Armenia Challenges Azerbaijan At International Court Of Justice...

Armenia has challenged Azerbaijan at the United Nations' top court, accusing it of decades of rights abuses against Armenian citizens and ethnic Armenians -- including events that unfolded during the 2020 war over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of ...

 2021-09-16 18:50 

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Western Diplomats Express Concern About Ukraine's Judicial Reforms After Delay...

Western diplomats have expressed concern over Ukraine's delay in implementing recently passed judicial legislation that is seen in Washington and Brussels as crucial to improving the nation's rule of law and cleaning up corruption....

 2021-09-16 17:03 

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Putin Reportedly Accepts China's Invitation To 2022 Winter Olympics...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to Russian media reports....

 2021-09-16 16:58 

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Iran Approves Use Of U.S-Made Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine...

Authorities in Tehran have approved use of the coronavirus vaccine produced by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson as Iran faces a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections....

 2021-09-16 15:43 

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Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained In Kumtor Case...

Another former Kyrgyz prime minister has been detained as part of a widening investigation into alleged corruption during the development of the Kumtor gold-mine project....

 2021-09-16 15:27 

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Arson Attacks Cap Off A Grim Preelection Season For Russia's Opposition...

A spate of arson attacks against Russian opposition activists and candidates in the country's legislative elections have raised the stakes for those who have remained in the country to continue voicing dissent. But few appear intimidated by the latest...

 2021-09-16 15:24 

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Car Explosion Kills Local Emergencies Service's Spokeswoman, Companion In Ukraine's Dnipro...

A car explosion killed the spokeswoman of a regional emergencies service and her companion in Ukraine's southeastern city of Dnipro, the country's National Police said on September 15....

 2021-09-16 14:33 

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Do Russians Have Real Choices In Upcoming Parliamentary Elections? Voters Tell Us...

Russia heads to the polls in parliamentary elections September 17-19 amid a crackdown on opposition figures, independent media, and nongovernmental groups. International observers have been highly critical of previous elections, and the OSCE has decided n...

 2021-09-16 14:20 

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Vlogger In Russia Allegedly Offers Money To Vote 'For Whom I Tell You'...

A popular Instagram vlogger from Russia's northwestern Komi region, Aleksandr Tretyakov (@tretyakov034), posted a video on September 9 in which he offered to "personally" pay 500 rubles (about $7) to anyone over the age of 18 who is registered...

 2021-09-16 14:12 

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Serbian Unity Day Celebrations In Belgrade Prompt Unease In The Wider Region...

A ceremony to mark Serbian National Unity Day was held in front of a monument in Belgrade to 12th-century Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja. The September 15 jointly declared holiday was first introduced last year in Serbia and Republika Srpska, the mostly Ser...

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