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 2021-07-22 00:47 

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Russian Court Rules Champion Kickboxer Can Be Extradited To Belarus Despite Torture Concerns...

A Russian court has ruled world champion kickboxer Alyaksey Kudzin can be extradited to his homeland Belarus, despite concerns the athlete may be politically persecuted and tortured....

 2021-07-22 00:41 

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Belarus Moves To Close Main Journalist Association...

Belarus's Justice Ministry is seeking to shutter the country's leading journalists' association amid an intensifying crackdown on media and civil society....

 2021-07-21 19:38 

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U.S. Official Cites 'Paramount Importance' Of Military Relationship With Ukraine...

The current U.S. administration is eager to deepen and strengthen ties with Ukraine, as the two countries' military relationship is of "paramount importance" for Kyiv's establishing a closer relationship with NATO, a senior State Departmen...

 2021-07-21 18:09 

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U.S., Germany 'Reach Deal' On Nord Stream Pipeline...

The United States and Germany have reached a deal that will allow the completion of Nord Stream 2, the controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe, without the imposition of further U.S. sanctions, a senior U.S. official has told Congress....

 2021-07-21 16:44 

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Tajikistan Misses Big Opportunity To Mend Ties With Kyrgyzstan...

A group of ethnic Kyrgyz fled Afghanistan and crossed into Tajikistan amid the Taliban surge. Kyrgyzstan offered to take them, but the Tajik authorities sent the Kyrgyz back to Afghanistan....

 2021-07-21 16:06 

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Journalists Say Sakhalin Newspaper Shut Down Over Reporting On Russian Coal Producer...

The editor of the municipal newspaper in the Sakhalin Island town of Uglegorsk has been fired, publication suspended, and the paper's website taken offline. Journalists say the shutdown was retribution for the paper's critical reporting on the coa...

 2021-07-21 15:58 

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Lithuania Enacts Law Restricting Migrant Rights Amid Belarus Influx...

Lithuania's president has signed into law a measure that restricts migrants' rights and speeds up the processing of asylum claims amid a flurry of illegal crossings into the EU country from Belarus....

 2021-07-21 15:21 

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The Russian Village Of 'Muddy Continent' Sinks In A Quagmire Of Problems...

In Russia's Komi region, the village of Mutny Materik -- or Muddy Continent -- stands in the swamps along the Pechora River, without paved roads or a sewer system. The town's name was recently recognized as the funniest in Russia, but locals find ...

 2021-07-21 14:40 

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Two Former Members Of Navalny's Team Detained In Moscow As Pressure Continues...

Police in Moscow have detained two former members of jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's team as a state pressure campaign against civil society groups continues....

 2021-07-21 14:14 

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Kazakh Rights Groups Declare Three More Detainees To Be Political Prisoners...

Kazakh human rights organizations have added three activists to a list they keep of political prisoners in the oil-rich Central Asian state, bringing the total number to 23....

 2021-07-21 13:12 

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Russian Activist Pivovarov's Pretrial Detention Extended...

A Russian court has extended the pretrial detention of the former executive director of the pro-democracy Open Russia movement, Andrei Pivovarov....

 2021-07-21 12:46 

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Wildfires Rage Across Russia, Engulfing Dozens Of Towns And Villages In Haze...

Wildfires in 11 Russian regions have placed a haze over dozens of towns and villages amid unusually hot and dry weather....

 2021-07-21 11:27 

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More Than 30 Turkmen Soldiers Killed In 'Horrible' Traffic Accident...

More than 30 military personnel have been killed in a traffic accident in Turkmenistan, sources close to the Defense Ministry told RFE/RL on July 21....

 2021-07-21 11:09 

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Teenaged School Attacker Who Killed Nine In Kazan Found Insane...

A court-ordered psychiatric examination has concluded that a teenager who attacked a school in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan in May, killing nine people, is mentally ill....

 2021-07-21 09:00 

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Iran Says Police Officer Killed In Sixth Night Of Protests Over Water Shortages...

An Iranian police officer was killed in the southwestern province of Khuzestan during the sixth consecutive night of protests over severe water shortages, raising the official death toll in the unrest to three....

 2021-07-21 07:51 

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Moscow Paves Way For Russian Passport Holders In Eastern Ukraine To Vote In September Elections...

Moscow says Russian passport holders in parts of eastern Ukraine that are controlled by Russia-backed separatists will be able to vote online in upcoming Russian parliamentary elections....

 2021-07-21 06:54 

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China In Eurasia Briefing: Beijing Cautiously Treads Into Afghanistan...

China's uncertain role in Afghanistan's future, BRI and boots on the ground, attacks on Chinese workers in Pakistan, and Ukrainian infrastructure. Read the latest China In Eurasia briefing for expert comment and more about Chinese influence from E...

 2021-07-21 06:07 

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Saying Goodbye To Afghanistan...

After nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, dozens of countries have been withdrawing their troops in recent months. More than 20 countries have left since 2020, and the complete pullout of U.S. and British troops is expected in August. Turkey and Azerbaijan ha...

 2021-07-21 05:28 

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Explainer: Why Is China Talking To The Taliban?...

Beijing and the Taliban are strange bedfellows in Afghanistan, but they actually have a complicated, decades-old relationship....

 2021-07-21 01:41 

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U.S. Judge Sentences Notorious Russian Spammer To Time Served...

A Russian hacker considered to be one of the world's most notorious spammers was sentenced by a U.S. judge on July 20 to time already served in pretrial detention....

 2021-07-20 19:10 

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Top Shots: Compelling Images From RFE/RL's Region...

Here are some of the most compelling photographs from the 29th week of 2021 from around RFE/RL's region....

 2021-07-20 17:18 

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Russian Policeman Who Resigned Over Treatment Of Protesters Now Charged For Insulting Official...

A former Russian policeman who criticized security officials for their treatment of protesters supporting Aleksei Navalny says he has been charged for insulting a government official....

 2021-07-20 17:08 

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Investigation Finds Evidence Equipment Sent By Lithuania-Based Company Used At Crimean Power Plants...

Components delivered to Russia by a Lithuania-based company were used at power stations in Crimea despite EU sanctions, according to evidence discovered in an investigation by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and its partners....

 2021-07-20 16:26 

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Iran's Angry Water Protests Turn Deadly Amid Severe Drought...

Iran is facing widespread protests in the oil-rich Khuzestan Province over water shortages caused by a severe drought....

 2021-07-20 16:19 

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No Jab, No Job: Moscow Employers Struggle To Meet Vaccination Requirements...

Amid a wave of COVID-19 infections in Russia, Moscow and other local governments have made vaccinations mandatory for workers in sectors such as retail, health care, and transportation. The burden of the requirement falls on employers, who must prove that...

 2021-07-20 16:07 

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Journalist Pavel Sheremet Commemorated In Kyiv, Five Years After His Assassination...

Dozens of relatives, friends, colleagues, and other supporters gathered in the Ukrainian capital to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet....

 2021-07-20 15:37 

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A Cosmonaut Is Demoted And Russia's Star-Crossed Space Agency Lurches. Again....

Russia's venerable but creaky space program has seen plenty of ups and downs. The latest scandal involves the demotion of a cosmonaut who spoke out against a plan to shoot a Russian feature film on the International Space Station....

 2021-07-20 15:37 

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Massive Mudslides Kill At Least 10 In Tajikistan...

Massive mudslides caused by heavy rains have killed at least 10 people, including four children, in Tajikistan's northwestern district of Pejikent....

 2021-07-20 15:16 

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'We Will Sue This Company In Israel': Anger At Alleged Azerbaijani Pegasus Phone Hack...

Amid the global controversy over reports of phone hacks, said to be with Pegasus software sold by an Israeli company, Azerbaijani journalists and activists have responded angrily. They say there's evidence that they were targeted by their government&#...

 2021-07-20 14:53 

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Bank Accounts Of Belarusian Association Of Journalists Frozen, More NGO Workers Detained...

Authorities have frozen the bank accounts of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAZh) and detained more people amid a severe crackdown on nongovernmental organizations....

 2021-07-20 14:02 

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Mosquito 'Tornadoes' Photographed In Russia's Far East...

Blood-curdling images show pillars of swarming mosquitos above Russia's Kamchatka region as they hunt for a mate....

 2021-07-20 13:51 

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Reports: Washington, Moscow To Hold Arms-Control Talks Next Week...

Media reports say the United States and Russia have agreed to launch new arms-control talks next week as part of an agreement reached by President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a summit last month....

 2021-07-20 12:37 

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New COVID Case Record In Iran As Tehran Region Heads Into Lockdown...

Iran has posted a daily record for coronavirus cases as the capital region locked down to combat a new surge in COVID-19 cases....

 2021-07-20 11:22 

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Central Asia Marks Eid Al-Adha Amid Coronavirus Restrictions...

Muslims in Central Asia are marking one of the major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Adha, while trying to adhere to coronavirus restrictions for the second year in a row amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases....

 2021-07-20 10:53 

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Eighteen Military Personnel Die In Turkmenistan, Circumstances Unclear...

Eighteen military personnel, including a major and a lieutenant, have died in Turkmenistan amid reports about rising tensions along the border with Afghanistan, where Taliban militants have been on an offensive to capture districts in the region....

 2021-07-20 10:36 

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France Opens Probe Into Spyware As Global Scandal Over Israeli Program Grows...

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations that journalists of a local investigative news website had been spied on using an Israeli program at the center of an international scandal....

 2021-07-20 10:15 

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Tsikhanouskaya Urges U.S. To 'Stand With Belarus' Ahead Of White House Talks...

Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya is expected to meet White House officials and U.S. senators on July 20 as she continues to rally support for the pro-democracy movement against authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka....

 2021-07-20 09:26 

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The Man Walking Alone Across Russia...

Andrei Sharashkin has faced wolves, bears, thieves, and countless friendly locals while walking (and sometimes hitchhiking) alone across almost 30,000 kilometers of Russian territory....

 2021-07-20 08:26 

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Russia, Uzbekistan To Hold Military Maneuvers Near Afghan Border...

Russia and Uzbekistan will hold joint military maneuvers near the Uzbek-Afghan border amid increasing security concerns in Central Asia over Taliban offensives against government troops in northern Afghanistan....

 2021-07-20 07:43 

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Another Pussy Riot Member Leaves Russia Amid Crackdown...

Aleksandr Sofeyev, a member of the Pussy Riot performance-art collective, has left Russia after being released from custody following his second arrest in less than a month....

 2021-07-20 03:02 

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Iran's Oil-Rich Khuzestan Hit By Fifth Night Of Protests Over Water Shortage...

Protests in Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province continued for a fifth-straight night over a severe water shortage....

 2021-07-19 23:38 

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Azerbaijani, Armenian Forces Exchange Fire Along Tense Border Section...

Azerbaijani and Armenian forces exchanged fire for several hours along a section of their border as tensions continue to simmer between the two countries after last year's war over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region....

 2021-07-19 18:54 

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'A Planned Assault Along Many Fronts': Russia's Komanda 29 Shutters, Saying It's Too 'Dangerous' To Continue...

A prominent St. Petersburg-based legal-aid group that focuses on cases involving alleged state secrets has shut down following months of intense persecution by the state. The group's lawyers say that "the risks have become too great for many peopl...

 2021-07-19 18:48 

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Azerbaijani Journalist Talks About Spyware Hack Of Her Phone...

Sevinj Vaqifqizi, an Azerbaijani journalist working for Meydan TV, an independent news organization based in Berlin, was one of those whose phone number was found to have been infected with the Pegasus spyware from the Israel-based NSO Group. She told RFE...

 2021-07-19 17:14 

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Two Belarusian Civil Rights Groups' Bank Accounts Frozen Amid Crackdown...

Belarusian authorities have frozen the bank accounts of two civil rights groups without explanation amid an ongoing crackdown on nongovernmental organizations....

 2021-07-19 15:47 

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EU Agency To Help Monitor Lithuanian Border Amid Surge In Migrants From Belarus...

The European Union's border agency says it will deploy 60 guards next week to monitor Lithuania's frontier amid an influx of migrants crossing illegally from Belarus, a move seen as revenge by Minsk after the bloc imposed a new round of sanctions ...

 2021-07-19 15:30 

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'It's Safe Here': Belarusians Adjust To Exile In Latvia...

Amid brutal repression in Belarus, increasing numbers of people are finding political asylum in neighboring Latvia. Many left in the blink of an eye, leaving everything behind, and are now struggling to adjust. "On the one hand, everything is similar,...

 2021-07-19 15:04 

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U.S. Investor Calvey Tells Court Innocent Verdict Would Have Positive Impact On Russia's Image...

Prominent U.S. investor Michael Calvey has told a Moscow court that evidence presented in his embezzlement trial proves his innocence and that his acquittal would attract billions of dollars in investment into the Russian economy....

 2021-07-19 14:26 

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Outrage Builds Over Report Of Alleged Use Of Spyware On Press, Activists...

The president of the European Commission says the usage of spyware against journalists is "completely unacceptable" as outrage builds after a report alleged several governments, including EU-member Hungary, used a program to hack the phones of jou...

 2021-07-19 14:26 

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Outrage Builds Over Report Of Alleged Use Of Spyware On Press, Activists...

Politicians and media rights groups across the world have voiced outrage after a new report alleged several governments, including one from the European Union, used an Israeli program to hack the smartphones of journalists, officials and rights activists ...

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