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 2021-07-19 14:04 

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Pegasus: Hacking Journalists' Mobile Phones Worldwide...

Military-grade spyware licensed by an Israeli firm was used in attempted and successful hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, politicians, and human rights activists worldwide, according to an investigation by 17 media organizations and coordinat...

 2021-07-19 13:57 

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More Belarusian Activists Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Terms As Crackdown Intensifies...

A court in Belarus has handed lengthy prison terms to 11 activists as authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka's crackdown against pro-democracy activists, the independent media, and civil rights groups continues to intensify....

 2021-07-19 12:53 

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No Entry Into The European Union...

Almost 140,000 non-EU citizens were refused entry into the EU in 2020 -- mostly Ukrainians, Albanians, and Moldovans....

 2021-07-19 11:23 

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Turkmenistan Continues Military Buildup Near Border Amid Deteriorating Afghan Security...

Turkmenistan continues to send heavy weaponry, helicopters, and other aircraft to areas along the Turkmen-Afghan border to allay security fears as Taliban fighters engage in major offensives nearby in northern Afghanistan....

 2021-07-19 11:20 

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Russia Continues Campaign Against Jehovah's Witnesses, Fines Three For Activities...

A court in the Urals city of Kirov has fined three Jehovah's Witnesses on charges of organizing and financing the religious group that Russia labeled as extremist and banned in 2017....

 2021-07-19 10:54 

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Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan To Hold Military Maneuvers Near Afghan Border In August...

Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will hold joint military maneuvers near the Tajik-Afghan border in early August amid increasing security concerns in Central Asian nations over Taliban offensives against government troops in northern Afghanistan....

 2021-07-19 10:37 

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Serbia, Kosovar Leaders To Meet In Brussels For Normalization Talks...

The European Union is set to host a meeting between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels on July 19 in a new attempt to make progress toward normalizing relations between the two Balkan neighbors....

 2021-07-19 07:23 

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RFE/RL Condemns Detention Of Another Of Its Correspondents In Belarus...

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has condemned Belarus's detention of another of its correspondents, Ales Dashchynski, as authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka continues to crack down on independent media....

 2021-07-19 06:02 

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North Macedonia Repatriates Four Suspected Islamic State Fighters, Families...

North Macedonia says it has repatriated four suspected former fighters of the Islamic State extremist group and their families from Syria and Iraq....

 2021-07-19 04:10 

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U.S. Donates 2 Million Coronavirus Vaccine Doses To Ukraine...

Ukraine has received 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the United States through the international COVAX program....

 2021-07-19 00:34 

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Drug Deaths In Russia Spike 60 Percent During Pandemic...

Deaths in Russia from drug-related causes jumped 60 percent in 2020 compared to a year earlier, mirroring trends elsewhere in the world during the coronavirus pandemic....

 2021-07-18 22:47 

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Belarusian Opposition Leader Tsikhanouskaya Arrives In Washington...

Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya arrived in Washington on July 18 as part of a multi-day trip in the United States to rally support for her prodemocracy movement against authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka....

 2021-07-18 19:53 

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Russian Human Rights Association Shuts Down Amid Fears Of Criminal Investigations...

An association of Russian human rights lawyers linked to jailed Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny's group says it has suspended its work to protect its members and supporters from criminal prosecution amid a government pressure campaign....

 2021-07-18 19:32 

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Azerbaijan Suspected Of Spying On Reporters, Activists By Using Software To Access Phones...

A new report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) alleges Azerbaijan has been spying on hundreds of local activists and journalists, including RFE/RL reporters, using sophisticated software that gave the government access to the...

 2021-07-18 17:44 

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Georgian Opposition Protests In Parliament Over Dead Journalist...

An extraordinary session of the Georgian parliament on July 18 in Tbilisi, where Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri was scheduled to address the July 5 violent attacks in the Georgian capital, was interrupted by a number of opposition deputies. They sur...

 2021-07-18 16:35 

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OPEC+ Reaches Agreement On Oil Output Increase; Russia To Boost Production...

Major oil-producing nations have reached an agreement on an increase in output, ending a dispute that sent prices to a six-year high earlier this month....

 2021-07-18 09:12 

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Pussy Riot Member Leaves Russia Citing 'Persecution'...

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

 2021-07-18 08:53 

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'Unloved Children Of The Kuzbass': Life And Death In A Siberian Village...

A region in southwestern Siberia, the Kuzbass holds some of the largest coal reserves in the world. Despite the region's mineral wealth, life in the villages remains hard and often impoverished....

 2021-07-18 07:52 

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Eliminating Presidential Candidates In Central Asia...

Jahongir Otajonov has announced he is withdrawing from Uzbekistan's presidential race due to pressure put on his family. It is a hard road for opposition candidates in Uzbekistan -- and practically everywhere else in Central Asia -- with almost no one...

 2021-07-18 00:30 

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Kosovo Repatriates 11 Citizens From Islamic State Camps In Syria...

Kosovo has repatriated 11 of its citizens from camps in Syria holding Islamic State group fighters and their families....

 2021-07-17 19:52 

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Tehran Says Nuclear Talks Must Await Iran's New Administration...

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator says the next round of talks in Vienna must wait until Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes over in early August....

 2021-07-17 16:33 

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Slain Reuters Journalist's Body Handed Over To Afghan Officials...

The body of Reuters' award-winning journalist Danish Siddiqui was transported to a hospital in Kandahar on July 17. The 38-year-old Indian national was killed a day earlier while covering clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in ...

 2021-07-17 12:06 

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In Welcoming The Taliban, Kremlin Opens Door To A Host Of Criticisms, Diplomatic Uncertainties...

The departure of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan has given Russia a chance to showcase its diplomatic and military influence on the world stage. But experts say Moscow's initial moves have revealed that the Kremlin has no long-term strategy in place....

 2021-07-17 10:03 

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Thousands March In Russian Religious Procession Despite Coronavirus Restrictions...

Several thousand Russian Orthodox believers participated in a religious procession in Yekaterinburg on the night of July 16-17 even though local authorities had denied permission to hold the event because of the coronavirus pandemic....

 2021-07-17 07:32 

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Demonstrator Shot Dead At Iranian Water-Shortage Protest...

One person has been shot dead during a protest against water shortages in southwestern Iran, Iranian media reported on July 17....

 2021-07-17 07:14 

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'Brutal' Chechen Leader Kadyrov The Face Of Balkan Music Festival...

Organizers of the Chechnya Fest, in a quiet corner of Bosnia-Herzegovina, say there's no harm in promoting a charity event with images of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, accused by rights groups of reigning over egregious torture, enforced disappearanc...

 2021-07-17 04:10 

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Tsikhanouskaya Plans High-Level Meetings During Visit To U.S. Next Week...

Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya will meet with U.S. politicians during a trip to the United States next week aimed at finding ways to resolve the crisis in Belarus....

 2021-07-16 17:24 

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Ukrainian Village Of New York Hit By High-Caliber Artillery Shells...

The Ukrainian military claims Russia-backed forces used high-caliber artillery to shell the village of New York in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. During the bombardment on the evening of July 15, a shell hit a house in the village and damaged it, l...

 2021-07-16 16:36 

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A Suspected Super-Spreader Event In St. Petersburg Prompts Fresh Scrutiny Of Russia's COVID Figures...

The spectacular Scarlet Sails graduation ceremony topped off a series of mass gatherings in a season of pageantry in St. Petersburg that defied the warnings of health experts. But it also prompted scrutiny of contradictory figures as a devastating surge o...

 2021-07-16 15:48 

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As Migrants Cross From Belarus, Lithuania Sees Influx As 'Hybrid Attack'...

Some 1,500 people have illegally crossed from Belarus into EU member Lithuania this summer -- more than 20 times the number in all of 2020. Lithuanian leaders say Belarus is allowing migrants from third countries to transit to the European Union as a form...

 2021-07-16 13:43 

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On The Road In Uzbekistan...

A 2,500-kilometer road trip by Anzor Bukharsky, one of Central Asia's most beloved photographers and cultural commentators, offers a rare glimpse into everyday life on the backstreets and byways of Uzbekistan....

 2021-07-16 13:16 

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The Week's Best: 10 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...

 2021-07-16 13:12 

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All Passengers And Crew Survive As Rescue Teams Find Missing Plane In Siberia...

A Russian plane that went missing with 19 people on board has been found with reports that all crew and passengers survived an emergency landing....

 2021-07-16 12:01 

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Jailed Political Activist In Kazakhstan Maims Himself After Parole Denied...

Jailed Kazakh activist Erzhan Elshibaev, recognized by rights groups as a political prisoner, has maimed himself to protest what he called "provocative"; attempts by prison officials to prevent his release on parole....

 2021-07-16 11:42 

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Ukrainian Parliament Approves Denys Monastyrskiy As New Interior Minister...

Ukrainian lawmakers have approved Denys Monastyrskiy as the country's new interior minister, replacing Arsen Avakov, who resigned this week....

 2021-07-16 11:16 

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Russia Investigative News Group Starts Liquidation Process Following 'Undesirable' Designation...

The Russian investigative news outlet The Project has announced the "liquidation"; of its U.S.-registered company a day after being declared an "undesirable"; organization by the Prosecutor-General's Office in Moscow....

 2021-07-16 10:14 

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The Week In Russia: Putin, Ukraine, And 'Phantom Pain'...

With a deadly COVID wave setting grim new records almost daily, President Vladimir Putin continued to devote a great deal of attention to the past and future of Russia's ties with Ukraine, self-publishing a startling article that drew a mix of derisio...

 2021-07-16 10:12 

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Single Picketers In Siberia Protest Latest Crackdown On Journalists...

Single-person protests have been held in Siberia's largest city, Novosibirsk, to express support for journalists who have been added to the controversial registry of foreign agents....

 2021-07-16 09:34 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Jailed U.S. Ex-Marine Trevor Reed Transferred To Penal Colony In Russia's Mordovia...

Jailed former U.S. marine Trevor Reed has been transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, a region about 350 kilometers east of Moscow historically known as the location of Russia's toughest prisons, including Soviet-era labor camps for political pris...

 2021-07-16 08:25 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

RFE/RL Raided As Belarusian Police Search Offices And Homes Of Journalists...

Security forces have raided the offices and homes of several independent journalists across Belarus, including the premises of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Minsk....

 2021-07-16 06:23 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

U.S. Offers $10 Million Rewards In Effort To Stop Ransomware Attacks...

The United States is offering $10 million rewards for information leading to the identification of cybercriminals after a series of ransomware attacks by hackers believed to be located in Russia....

 2021-07-16 05:50 

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Djokovic Cites 'Special Joy' Of Playing For Serbia In Announcing He Will Compete In Olympics...

World tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic has announced that he will play at the Tokyo Olympics after all, giving him a shot at the first calendar Golden Grand Slam by a male player....

 2021-07-16 02:31 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Lawyer For RFE/RL Crimea Journalist Wants Investigation Into His Treatment In Detention...

A lawyer for RFE/RL freelance correspondent Vladyslav Yesypenko, who has been charged with possession and transport of explosives, said the defense wants to investigate his claims that he has been subjected to psychological and physical pressure in detent...

 2021-07-16 02:14 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Merkel, Biden United On Preventing Russia From Using Energy Against Neighbors...

U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to stand together in opposing Russia using energy as a "weapon" against its neighbors as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany nears completion....

 2021-07-15 20:03 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Pyotr Mamonov, Russian Rock Musician And Actor, Dies From Coronavirus At 70...

Pyotr Mamonov, a rock musician and actor who was prominent on the Russian cultural scene, has died at the age of 70....

 2021-07-15 19:28 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Crimean Court Announces Charges Against RFE/RL Journalist...

A court in Russia-occupied Crimea has filed charges against an RFE/RL freelance correspondent in a process that has been decried by Kyiv, the United States, and press advocacy groups as a sham to crush dissent and information....

 2021-07-15 19:18 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Facebook Disrupts Iran-Based Espionage Hacking Group...

Facebook has disrupted a group of hackers in Iran behind "espionage operations" targeting mostly U.S. military personnel and companies in the defense and aerospace industries....

 2021-07-15 19:02 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

U.S.-Iran Kidnap Plot: Why Is Iran Attempting To Silence Masih Alinejad?...

The target of an alleged kidnapping plot by Iranian agents in the United States, journalist Masih Alinejad, angered Tehran officials with her campaign against the compulsory hijab and by highlighting the long list of human rights abuses in Iran....

 2021-07-15 18:21 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Zelenskiy Consolidates Power As Heavyweight Interior Minister Steps Down...

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov's "forced" resignation may be a sign President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is asserting himself, analysts say. Will he use his new confidence to carry out long-awaited police reforms?...

 2021-07-15 16:40 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Kazakh Medical Staff Accused Of Forgery Of COVID Vaccination Documents...

Four medical staff members of a hospital in Kazakhstan's northern city of Pavlodar have been detained on suspicion of selling more than 200 forged certificates "confirming" vaccinations against COVID-19....

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