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 2021-07-01 12:48 

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Putin Tightens Internet Control, Signs Law Compelling IT Giants To Establish Local Branches...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that obliges foreign IT companies to set up local units or face penalties including a possible ban as Moscow continues to try and tighten its control over the flow of information on the Internet....

 2021-07-01 09:37 

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Iran Appoints New Judiciary Chief As Raisi Moves To Presidency...

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has appointed a new chief of the judiciary to replace President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, who was voted in last month....

 2021-07-01 08:54 

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Kazakh Police Detain Hunger Strikers Demanding Release Of Political Prisoners...

Police in the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent have detained more than a dozen activists, including three who have been on a hunger strike for weeks to push for the release of political prisoners....

 2021-07-01 08:45 

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Kazakh Police Detain Activists Involved In Xinjiang Protests Outside Chinese Consulate...

Police in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, have detained several activists who have been involved in ongoing pickets in front of the Chinese Consulate to demand the release of their relatives held in China's Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region....

 2021-07-01 08:01 

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Moscow Starts Booster Vaccine Campaign Amid Surge In Cases...

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced the beginning of a booster vaccine campaign amid efforts to contain a surge in coronavirus cases in Russia blamed on the highly infectious Delta variant....

 2021-07-01 06:45 

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Former Producer Of Navalny's YouTube Channel Detained...

Aleksei Yakovlev, a former producer of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Navalny LIVE YouTube channel, has been detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport....

 2021-07-01 02:45 

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Russian Court Extends Ex-Journalist Safronov's Pretrial Detention By Three Months...

The Moscow City Court on June 30 extended by three months the pretrial detention of prominent former journalist Ivan Safronov, who is accused of treason....

 2021-06-30 22:28 

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Russia Labels Khodorkovsky-Linked Groups 'Undesirable'...

Russian authorities have taken further action against the network of exiled former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky....

 2021-06-30 20:06 

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Belarus Orders Two German Educational Institutions To Halt Work...

Germany has deplored Belarus's decision to demand an end to all activities of two prominent German educational institutions after the European Union imposed economic sanctions on Belarus....

 2021-06-30 18:39 

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Lavrov Says Russia-U.S. Arms Control Talks To Start 'By Mid-July'...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he expects the United States and Russia to launch new arms control talks by mid-July....

 2021-06-30 18:32 

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Ukrainian Politicians Sport National Colors After Team Advances At Euro 2020...

Ukrainian leaders -- from the prime minister to the mayor of Kyiv donned yellow-and-blue jerseys to celebrate the national football team's win over Sweden in the European Championships, advancing Ukraine to the last eight for the first time....

 2021-06-30 18:07 

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Hague Tribunal History: Decades Of Atrocities, Anguish, And Justice For Ex-Yugoslavia...

As the UN prosecution issues its last verdicts for crimes and atrocities from the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, we look at some of the major moments in the history of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia....

 2021-06-30 17:55 

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Putin Had A Chance To Rev Up Russia's Sluggish Vaccination Drive. His Message Was Muddled....

As Russia battles a big wave of COVID-19 infections and hospitals struggle with an influx of patients, President Vladimir Putin had a unique chance to rally the country around a vaccination drive championed by his government after months of equivocation. ...

 2021-06-30 16:44 

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Serbian Gendarmerie Honors Ex-Commander Accused Of Involvement In Murders Of Three U.S. Brothers...

The Serbian special-forces unit known as the Gendarmerie has honored former commander Goran Radosavljevic, who was allegedly involved in the killing of three U.S. citizens who went to Kosovo to fight alongside ethnic Albanian rebels against Belgrade's...

 2021-06-30 16:24 

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UN Chief Calls On U.S. To Lift Iran Sanctions As Agreed In 2015...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to the U.S. administration to "lift or waive" all sanctions on Iran as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers....

 2021-06-30 15:35 

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Two Bosnian Police Officers Injured While Attempting To Investigate Migrant's Death...

Two Bosnian police officers were injured when migrants in a temporary camp in northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina threw stones at them as they tried to enter the camp to investigate the death of a migrant....

 2021-06-30 14:18 

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Britain, Russia Still At Odds Over Warship Incident In Black Sea...

Britain and Russia have once again clashed over an incident last week in the Black Sea as a British warship passed by Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014....

 2021-06-30 13:56 

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Putin's Lengthy Call-In Q&A Sessions...

Vladimir Putin's annual Direct Line call-in show is a marathon event during which the Russian president answers for hours prescreened questions from the Russian public. What else could be accomplished in the same amount of time?...

 2021-06-30 13:47 

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Two Jehovah's Witnesses Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Terms In Russia Amid Crackdown...

Two members of the Jehovah's Witnesses have been handed lengthy prison terms in Russia's Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk amid an ongoing crackdown on the religious group, which has been banned in Russia since 2017....

 2021-06-30 10:30 

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More Activists Jailed In Kazakhstan Ahead Of Nazarbaev's Birthday Celebrations...

More activists have been jailed in Kazakhstan's capital, Nur-Sultan, as police keep on rounding up activists amid preparations to mark the 81st birthday of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev in the tightly controlled Central Asian country....

 2021-06-30 09:54 

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Activists In Bishkek Protest Controversial Bill They Say Will Stifle Free Speech...

Dozens of civil rights activists and public figures have rallied in Bishkek, protesting a controversial bill on the "prevention of the proliferation of false and unconfirmed information," legislation they say will stifle freedom of speech....

 2021-06-30 08:21 

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Election Commission Member Handed Prison Term For 'Attacking Police' At Navalny Rally...

A court in Moscow has sentenced an opposition member of the city's district election commission to two years in prison for hitting a policeman during an unsanctioned rally in January to support jailed Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny....

 2021-06-30 07:06 

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Former Serbian Security Chiefs Face Verdict In War Crimes Retrial...

Two former chiefs of the Serbian state security service are due to be given a verdict on June 30 in a UN court retrial in The Hague on charges of running paramilitary death squads in the 1990s Yugoslav Wars....

 2021-06-30 01:51 

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Russia Labels Czech NGO 'Undesirable'...

The Russian State Prosecutor's Office has banned a Czech nongovernmental organization after putting it on the "undesirable"; list....

 2021-06-30 00:38 

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Putin Set To Stage National Call-In Show With COVID Surging, Elections Looming...

With Russia in the grips of a wave of coronavirus cases, President Vladimir Putin is set to host his nationally televised call-in show, an annual performance aimed at showcasing his willingness to respond to average Russian concerns....

 2021-06-29 23:45 

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UN Report Says Russia Carries Out Abuses In Central African Republic...

Russian military instructors and Central African Republic (CAR) forces they are supporting have carried out indiscriminate killings, used excessive force against civilians, and looted in the war-torn country, according to a UN report....

 2021-06-29 20:13 

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Russia Adds Navalny Associate Zhdanov To International Wanted List...

Russia has placed Ivan Zhdanov, the director of jailed Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), on an international wanted list and shared the details of his case with Interpol....

 2021-06-29 20:05 

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Russia Approves Roster Of 335 Neutral Athletes For Tokyo Olympics...

Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) says it has approved a roster of 335 athletes who will compete at the Tokyo Olympics under a neutral flag and anthem....

 2021-06-29 19:39 

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Reports: U.S. To Restrict Air Travel To Belarus Over Ryanair Incident...

Reports say the United States will take steps to restrict air travel to Belarus in its latest response to the forced diversion of a passenger flight to Minsk last month that allowed for the arrest of a dissident journalist and his girlfriend....

 2021-06-29 18:44 

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Putin's Promises: A History Of Empty Assurances...

On June 30, Russia's president is holding his annual televised call-in show. In previous years, he's used the program to lay out plans for the country's future and craft a benevolent image for himself. Here's a look back at some of the pro...

 2021-06-29 18:32 

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Serbia Shows Off Its Weaponry To A Weary Balkan Public (And A Wary Europe)...

President Aleksandar Vucic caps two weeks of military exercises with surprising talk of making Serbia's army "twice as strong as today."...

 2021-06-29 16:51 

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'Tired, Desperate, And Hungry': Energy-Sector Strikes Put Pressure On Iranian Regime...

Thousands of contractors in Iran's energy sector have gone on the country's biggest strike to demand higher wages and better working conditions, putting an added crunch on a battered economy....

 2021-06-29 15:05 

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Russian Police Launch Probe Into Attack On RFE/RL Contributor...

The Investigative Committee in Russia's Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk has launched a probe into a physical attack on a contributor to RFE/RL's Siberia.Realities....

 2021-06-29 14:24 

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Ukraine Seeks To Upgrade Trident Emblem...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hopes a proposed expansion of Ukraine's famous blue-and-yellow national emblem -- the trident -- can be passed by parliament in time for the country's 30th anniversary of independence....

 2021-06-29 13:52 

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Ukrainian Lawmakers OK Bills On Reforms Requested By Western Donors...

Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has approved several draft laws aimed at reforming the judiciary and curbing corruption as Kyiv seeks to secure more loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under a $5 billion financing program approv...

 2021-06-29 12:55 

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Authorities Detain Another Kazakh Activist Ahead Of Nazarbaev's Birthday Celebrations...

Kazakh authorities have detained another activist as they continue a crackdown amid preparations to mark the 81st birthday of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev in the tightly controlled former Soviet republic....

 2021-06-29 12:00 

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Russians' Views On The Death Penalty...

Report reveals that 41% of Russians believe that the death penalty should be restored to "how it was in the early 1990s."...

 2021-06-29 11:52 

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With Record Daily COVID Deaths, Kremlin Says Vaccination Campaign Not Meeting Targets...

Russia has reported another daily record for COVID-19 deaths as the country struggles with a jump in cases triggered by the highly contagious delta variant first identified in India and a sluggish vaccination rollout....

 2021-06-29 10:26 

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Russia Tests Air Defense Systems In Occupied Crimea Amid Multinational Black Sea Drills...

Russia has tested its air-defense systems in occupied Crimea as multinational military drills co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States were under way in the Black Sea....

 2021-06-29 10:14 

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Kyrgyz President Calls April Deadly Border Clashes 'Heavy Test'...

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov has called deadly clashes along a disputed segment of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border "a heavy test for both nations."...

 2021-06-29 09:09 

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Journalists' Homes Searched After Report On Russian Minister...

Moscow police have carried out searches of the homes of several senior journalists at the investigative website The Project hours after it published a report questioning how Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev and his relatives gained their wealth....

 2021-06-29 08:18 

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Czechs To Set Up Representative Office For Belarus Opposition...

The Czech Republic has agreed to establish an official office in Prague for the Belarusian opposition as it battles a brutal crackdown at home under the direction of authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka....

 2021-06-29 07:34 

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Putin Signs Law Criminalizing Links To 'Undesirable' Organizations...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that criminalizes participation in the activities of foreign nongovernmental organizations recognized as "undesirable"; in Russia....

 2021-06-29 04:39 

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Russia Tightens Gun Ownership Law Following School Shooting...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill tightening gun controls in response to a deadly school shooting earlier this year....

 2021-06-29 01:04 

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Biden Vows Iran Will Not Get Nuclear Weapons In Meeting With Israeli President...

President Joe Biden assured Israel on June 28 that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon, as he met with outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the White House....

 2021-06-28 19:28 

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Czech Republic Demands Compensation From Russia For 2014 Explosion...

The Czech Republic has demanded that Russia pay compensation for the 2014 explosion at an arms depot that Prague has blamed on Russian intelligence agents....

 2021-06-28 19:22 

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Putin, Xi Agree To Extend 20-Year-Old Friendship Treaty...

Russia and China extended a 20-year-old friendship treaty, the latest in a series of moves that have drawn Moscow and Beijing closer together....

 2021-06-28 19:03 

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Kyrgyz, Turkmen Leaders Agree On Energy, Business, Education Cooperation...

The leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan agreed on new financial and energy deals, as the two met for talks in the Turkmen capital....

 2021-06-28 17:33 

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Companies Linked To Uzbek Government Won Major COVID Construction Contracts...

Construction contracts for two major COVID-19 medical facilities near Tashkent went to companies linked to the Uzbek president's inner circle and the capital city's mayor, according to an RFE/RL investigation....

 2021-06-28 17:08 

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Would-Be Belarus Presidential Candidate Tells Minsk Court Charges Fabricated...

Viktar Babaryka, a former Belarusian banker whose bid to challenge authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka in last year's disputed election was halted by his arrest, has told a court during his trial that the corruption charges against him were fabr...

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