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Rotenberg Brothers And Putin Relations Top List Of Russia’s Richest

The Gutseriev family, worth almost $6 billion, tops the list, but the Rotenberg family, which is on the U.S. sanctions list for constructing a bridge to the Crimea peninsula, is second, with combined wealth of $5 billion. The Shamalov family is ranked 7th, with assets increasing dramatically after 2013, when Kirill Shamalov married Katerina Tikhonova, whom international media believe is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter.

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So-Called Donetsk People's Republic Appoints Interim Head

Denis Pushilin, Member of Donetsk People's Republic government attend a press conference at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine
Denis Pushilin, Member of Donetsk People's Republic government attend a press conference at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine

Denis Pushilin has been appointed by the self-declared republic’s people’s council as the DPR’s acting head following the death of previous leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who was killed in an explosion in a cafe in downtown Donetsk on August 31.

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Uzbek TV Channels Banned From Mentioning Islam Karimov

Editors of all TV channels operated by the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan were warned in August that the name of late President Islam Karimov should no longer be mentioned on air. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is the new object of adulation and praise. Read full text here.

Banned Russian Websites Are Among Most-Visited In Ukraine

Ukraine -- Youth during a protest against a ban of Russian social networks Vkontakte by the Ukrainian government near President Administration in Kyiv, May 19, 2017
Ukraine -- Youth during a protest against a ban of Russian social networks Vkontakte by the Ukrainian government near President Administration in Kyiv, May 19, 2017

Research by the Internet Association of Ukraine shows that despite a ban on access to Russian social networks, search engines and websites imposed by Ukraine in May 2017, the Russian platforms Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, and the search engine Yandex were among the top 10 most-visited websites in Ukraine in August.

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