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7:40. Everything You Want To Know On November 13

​Today’s highlights:

  • In so-called Donetsk People's Republic (“DNR”) and the Luhansk People's Republic (“LNR”), Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik are declared winners of the elections. The Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov congratulated them, while Kiev and the E.U. called the elections illegitimate.
  • In Kiev, the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people has been taking place.
  • Tajikistan's security services claim that they have uncovered an ISIS cell preparing terrorist attacks against the Russian military.
  • The Serbian Orthodox Church refused to recognize the decision of Constantinople on Ukraine.​

Full text here. (In Russian)

Navalny Barred From Leaving Russia Ahead Of ECHR Ruling

​​Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says authorities have barred him from leaving the country to attend a ruling at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on a case he filed against the state. The Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation has not commented on the ban. The document itself, which was presented to the opposition politician at the airport, does not include the date of the decision on the ban, and the name of the bailiff service has been misspelled.

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Russia's “Crimean bridge, Made With love!” Rom-Com Panned By Critics

A Russian rom-com set during the construction of a bridge linking Crimea to Russia has been panned by critics and called a box-office disappointment. The romantic comedy was shot by Tigran Keosayan and the script written by his wife, RT channel’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. The money was allocated to them by the Ministry of Culture without competition. Despite the large-scale PR of Federal channels, the film has recorded low ratings.

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7:40. Everything You Want To Know On November 12

​Today's Highlights:

  • In Austria, there has been revealed another alleged Russian spy-an employee of the Austrian Federal Agency for the protection of the Constitution and the fight against terrorism, according to the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
  • The Communist Valentin Konovalov became the head of Khakassia in non-alternative elections, he managed to gain more than 50 percent.

Full text here. (In Russian)

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