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 2021-07-26 04:45 

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Joint 'Agile Spirit' Military Exercises Due To Start In Georgia...

Joint exercises involving about 2,500 military personnel from 15 allied and partner countries are due to get under way on July 26 in Georgia....

 2021-07-25 19:36 

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Ukrainian-Born Oksana Lyniv Becomes First Woman Conductor At Bayreuth Festival...

Ukrainian-born maestra Oksana Lyniv became the first woman to conduct a production in the 145-year history of Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival....

 2021-07-25 18:36 

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Iran, Pakistan, India Join Russian Naval Parade...

Russia's Navy Day parade featured not only Russian but also Iranian, Pakistani, and Indian vessels and crews. The annual review of maritime forces took place on July 25 in St. Petersburg and was supervised by Russian President Vladimir Putin....

 2021-07-25 17:34 

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At least 10 Kosovars Dead In Croatia Bus Crash...

A bus traveling from Germany to Kosovo swerved off the road and crashed near the Croatian city of Slavonski Brod early on July 25, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens more....

 2021-07-25 13:55 

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Putin Oversees Crowded Russian Naval Parade Despite Pandemic...

President Vladimir Putin praised Russia's naval capabilities during a large warship parade in the port city of St. Petersburg, which drew throngs of spectators despite high infection rates and record deaths from the coronavirus....

 2021-07-25 12:32 

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Kazakhs Elect Village Mayors In Direct Elections For First Time...

Voters in Kazakhstan's rural districts are casting their ballots in the authoritarian Central Asian country's first-ever direct election of local mayors....

 2021-07-25 12:14 

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When Wearing The Wrong Socks Or Dancing Is A Crime In Belarus...

Tens of thousands of people have been detained in Belarus in a brutal government crackdown after a disputed election in August 2020 extended the decades-long rule of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. For such "crimes" as wearing the wrong socks or dancing in...

 2021-07-25 10:29 

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Majlis Podcast: The Changing Situation For Central Asia And Afghanistan...

The surprisingly rapid deterioration in the region in recent weeks has prompted the governments in the three Central Asian states bordering Afghanistan -- Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan -- to implement measures to deal with a variety of possible...

 2021-07-24 19:47 

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Kosovo Wins Women's Judo Olympic Gold...

Kosovo erupted in joy as Distria Krasniqi won a gold medal in judo, the second-ever Olympic medal for the small Balkan country....

 2021-07-24 19:15 

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Russia Bars Leading Communist Politician From Upcoming Election...

Russian electoral authorities have disqualified a top Communist Party candidate from running in September's parliamentary elections, the latest opposition figure to be barred ahead of the vote....

 2021-07-24 16:54 

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U.S. Diplomat: 'Up To Russia' To End Its War In Ukraine...

George Kent, the top U.S. diplomat for Ukraine, says that "Russia is the aggressor state" in Ukraine and the armed confrontations in the country's east should be called a "war," not just a "conflict." Speaking to Olena Removska...

 2021-07-24 16:14 

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Georgian Condom Company Wins Freedom Of Expression Case At European Rights Court...

A Georgian condom company that uses creative advertising on its packaging has won a freedom of expression case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)....

 2021-07-24 15:47 

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Zelenskiy's 'Deoligarchization' Goal Important, Path To Success 'Difficult,' U.S. Official Says...

A top U.S. State Department official said the United States supports Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's goal of curtailing the power of tycoons, but cautioned that the path to achieving this "is difficult."...

 2021-07-24 12:18 

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U.S. Lawmakers Urge IOC To Postpone, Relocate Beijing Olympics Over Treatment Of Uyghurs...

A group of U.S. lawmakers has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the 2022 Beijing Olympics and relocate the event unless China ends its "egregious human rights abuses" against Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups....

 2021-07-24 07:18 

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The European Parliament Was Told Of Her Plight. Then This Turkmen Doctor Disappeared....

A sacked doctor who has tried for years to get her job back has disappeared in the custody of Turkmen police. Her arrest on July 16 came a day after rights activists presented details of her legal battle to the European Parliament....

 2021-07-24 02:58 

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U.S., Russian Diplomats To Hold Arms Control Talks Next Week...

U.S. and Russian diplomats will hold the first round of nuclear arms control talks of the Biden administration next week in Geneva, Switzerland, the two countries announced on July 23....

 2021-07-23 17:12 

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Belarus Shuts Down More NGOs Amid Continued Crackdown...

Belarus has forced the closure of 15 more nongovernmental organizations as strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka's crackdown against pro-democracy activists, the independent media, and civil rights groups continues to intensify....

 2021-07-23 16:10 

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Russia Adds News Outlet The Insider, Five Journalists To 'Foreign Agents' List...

Russia's Justice Ministry has added the independent Latvia-based media outlet The Insider to its list of "foreign agents," along with five individual journalists including a freelance contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty....

 2021-07-23 15:04 

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Trans-Siberian Railroad Blocked After Bridge Collapse...

Floods caused by heavy rains in Siberia have led to the collapse of a bridge, severing the Trans-Siberian Railway, the world's longest rail line that spans Russia, from Moscow to the Pacific port city of Vladivostok....

 2021-07-23 14:43 

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Kyrgyz, Tajik Olympic Teams Parade Maskless At Opening Ceremony...

The Olympic teams of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan paraded mostly maskless into Tokyo's Olympic Stadium at the Games opening ceremony on July 23, in stark contrast with all the national teams who had preceded them wearing masks in accordance with COVID-19...

 2021-07-23 13:30 

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Azerbaijan Imprisons 13 Armenian Military Personnel For Six Years...

An Azerbaijani court has sentenced 13 members of Armenia's armed forces to six years in prison on charges of illegally crossing the border and weapons possession....

 2021-07-23 13:07 

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Jailed Journalist Safronov Decries Russia's 'Spy-Making' System...

Jailed former Russian journalist Ivan Safronov, who is charged with high treason, has slammed state authorities, including the judiciary, for their treatment of suspects and methods used in investigating espionage amid a wave of cases aimed at muzzling di...

 2021-07-23 12:20 

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The Week's Best: 8 Stories You Need To Read (Or Watch)...

We know rferl.org isn't the only website you read. So it's possible you may have missed some of our most compelling journalism. To make sure you're up-to-date, here are some highlights produced by RFE/RL's team of correspondents, multimedi...

 2021-07-23 10:22 

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Tajikistan Says It's Ready To Shelter Up To 100,000 Refugees From Afghanistan...

Tajikistan has said it is ready to shelter up to 100,000 refugees from neighboring Afghanistan amid increasing security concerns in Central Asia over the fallout of the Taliban's territorial gains in the northern part of the war-torn country....

 2021-07-23 09:59 

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'Don't Shoot!': Protesters Brave Bullets As Demonstrations Shake Iran...

Mobile-phone video appears to show Iranian security forces shooting a protester, while in other footage a man begs them not to open fire on him. Iran's Khuzestan Province has been shaken by days of demonstrations about water shortages amid 50-degree C...

 2021-07-23 09:59 

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Fifth Death Reported In Iran As Violent Protests Over Water Shortages Continue...

One person was shot dead in Iran during the eighth consecutive night of protests over severe water shortages, bringing the death toll in the unrest to at least five....

 2021-07-23 09:29 

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Rights Groups Demand Justice For Kyrgyz-Uzbek Rights Defender Askarov On Anniversary Of His Death...

Several human rights organizations, marking the first anniversary of the death of journalist Azimjan Askarov while in custody, have demanded Kyrgyz authorities conduct an independent investigation into how the human rights activist died....

 2021-07-23 08:17 

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The Week In Russia: A Crackdown Changes The Landscape...

The crackdown that intensified upon Aleksei Navalny's return to Russia six months ago appears to be expanding ahead of parliamentary elections at summer's end. The latest victims include a legal-aid organization and an independent media outlet who...

 2021-07-23 07:58 

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EU Condemns Russia's 'Unabated Crackdown' On Independent Media, NGOs...

The European Union has urged Russia to stop its "unabated crackdown" on independent media outlets, journalists, and civil-society organizations, calling the clampdown ahead of parliamentary elections in September "particularly worrisome."...

 2021-07-23 06:37 

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UN Security Council Rejects Russian Bid To Abolish Post Of Bosnia Peace Envoy...

The UN Security Council has rejected a Russian proposal to scrap the post of the international high representative overseeing implementation of the 1995 peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War....

 2021-07-23 05:17 

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U.S. Software Company Gets Key To Unlock Data Affected By Ransomware Attack...

The U.S. company whose software was exploited in a recent global ransomware attack has received a universal key needed to decrypt the data belonging to the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations affected by the attack....

 2021-07-22 19:57 

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Lukashenka Vows To Keep Up 'Sweep' Against Belarus Media, Activists...

Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka on July 22 pledged to keep up his accelerated "sweep" against activists, media, and other elements of civil society as the country approaches the one-year mark since a disputed presidential election that ...

 2021-07-22 19:48 

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Czech Court Sentences Belarusian To 21 Years In Prison For Role In Ukraine War...

An appeals court in the Czech Republic has sentenced a 41-year-old Belarusian citizen to 21 years in prison for taking part in the war in eastern Ukraine on the side of pro-Russian separatists....

 2021-07-22 18:59 

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U.S. Lawmakers Say White House 'Seems' To Be Preventing Congress From Meeting Zelenskiy...

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has called on the administration of Joe Biden to reschedule a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy....

 2021-07-22 16:44 

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'They Would Hang Me By The Arms': Hundreds Of Letters From Kazakh Prisons Describe Alleged Torture...

Mistreatment of prisoners remains widespread in Kazakhstan as law enforcement officers act with impunity, former inmates and rights groups say. Despite many reports and complaints, authorities have failed to carry out effective and impartial investigation...

 2021-07-22 13:39 

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Strikes In Kazakhstan's Restive Zhanaozen Widen Amid Wage, Conditions Complaints...

Workers at another company in the southwestern Kazakh town of Zhanaozen have launched a strike, demanding a salary increase amid a series of labor issues in the restive town....

 2021-07-22 13:16 

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Legendary Uzbek Athlete Chusovitina Says Tokyo Games, Her Eighth, Will Be Her Last...

Legendary Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina says her record eighth Olympic Games in Tokyo will be her last....

 2021-07-22 13:09 

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Russia Files Case Against Ukraine At European Court Over MH17, Alleged Rights Abuses...

Russia has filed a complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) saying Kyiv is responsible for the 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner and civilian deaths and human rights abuses in Russia and Ukraine....

 2021-07-22 12:32 

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Several Of Tajik President's Relatives Said Hit By COVID-19...

A sister of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has died amid unconfirmed reports that many of the president's relatives have been hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms in recent weeks....

 2021-07-22 12:17 

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Despite Taliban Advances, Central Asia Eyes Trade Ties With South Asia...

Uzbekistan has hosted a conference on Central Asia-South Asia trade connections. But recent Taliban advances raise doubts about developing such a trade network through Afghanistan in the near future....

 2021-07-22 12:05 

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Iran Internet Services Disrupted Amid Weeklong Water-Shortage Protests...

Severe disruptions of Internet services are being reported in Iran a week into protests over water shortages that has seen at least three people killed....

 2021-07-22 11:39 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

In Political Power Play, Montenegrin Mayor Goes 'All In' On Former Yugoslav Royals...

The ambitious mayor of Montenegro's tourist powerhouse, Budva, surprised many when he said the former Yugoslav republic should restitute property to the Serbian royal family....

 2021-07-22 11:33 

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Russian Court Levies New Fines Against Facebook, Telegram For Not Deleting 'Banned' Content...

A Russian court has fined U.S. social-media giant Facebook and messaging app Telegram again for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal....

 2021-07-22 11:21 

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Russian Jailed For Fighting Azerbaijani Forces In Nagorno-Karabakh...

A court in Baku has sentenced a Russian citizen to 10 years in prison on charges of fighting on the Armenian side against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region last year....

 2021-07-22 11:09 

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Iran Releases Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh For Five-Day Health Treatment Leave...

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, whose health has "seriously deteriorated" since her arrest three years ago, has been granted a five-day treatment leave from prison....

 2021-07-22 10:05 

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Pegasus Spyware: How Does It Work?...

The Pegasus spyware, which affects Android and iOS operating systems, can be installed without the phone owner ever knowing. It then has access to the phone's files, camera, and microphone, and it can also monitor the location....

 2021-07-22 09:56 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Iran Opens Oil Export Terminal Bypassing Strait Of Hormuz...

Iran says it has opened its first oil export terminal in the Gulf of Oman to allow Tehran to avoid using the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping route that has long been a focus of regional tensions....

 2021-07-22 09:24 

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Prominent Moscow Theater Accused Of Propagating Same-Sex Relations, Insulting War Veterans...

The prominent Moscow theater Sovremennik (Contemporary) has been accused of propagating same-sex relations and insulting World War II veterans in a recent performance....

 2021-07-22 08:05 

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Tajikistan Holds Massive Combat-Readiness Check Amid Rising Instability In Neighboring Afghanistan...

Tajikistan says it has put its entire armed forces on high alert for a combat-readiness check and relocated thousands of troops to the border with Afghanistan amid increasing security concerns in Central Asia over the Taliban's territorial gains in th...

 2021-07-22 07:26 

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Poland Detains Rights Activist From Siberia On Russian Red Notice...

Polish authorities have detained Russian human rights activist Yevgeny Khasoyev, acting upon a red-notice request from Moscow via Interpol....

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