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Navalny Jailed And Fined Over Protests; U.S., EU Condemn Mass Detentions

A Russian court has ordered opposition leader and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny jailed for 15 days for disobeying police, one day after he was arrested near the site of a demonstration in central Moscow.

Violent Belarus Crackdown Snares Old And Young

Among the hundreds of antigovernment protesters arrested by police in Minsk on March 25 were several elderly people, who were violently dragged away.

Russian Truckers Resume Protest As Road-Tax Rate Set To Rise

Russian truck drivers have begun a new series of protests against a state road tax that they say is onerous and ineffective.

VOX POP: Do You Know What Happened On Tverskaya Square On Sunday?

While Russian state media did not widely cover the March 26 anticorruption protests in Russia, virtually all respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow were aware of them, and that they had been dispersed by riot police. One said the demonstrations were peaceful, one said people had the right to express their opinion, and one called the government “cowards,” and said that more people should have taken to the streets. (Russian Service)


THE POWER VERTICAL: Why These Protests Were Different

RFE/RL Correspondents Beaten And Robbed In Southern Russia

Two RFE/RL correspondents have been beaten and robbed by masked attackers in southern Russia.

Russian Interior Ministry Official Shot Dead

Nikolai Volkov, the head of the Russian Interior Ministry's construction department, has reportedly been shot dead in Moscow.

Top EU Court Upholds Sanctions Against Russia's Rosneft

The top European Union court has ruled that EU sanctions imposed on Russian energy giant Rosneft over Moscow's seizure of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine are lawful.

Russia's Sberbank To Sell Ukrainian Branches

Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, is selling its Ukrainian branches amid increasing political and public pressure.

A Younger Generation Invigorates Anti-Kremlin Protests

The weekend protests across Russia were reminiscent of large anti-Kremlin rallies in 2011-2012, but the striking preponderance on the streets of young protesters in their late teens and early twenties sets them apart.

It's All Downhill (Skiing) For Medvedev Amid Protests

While tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Russia on March 26 to express their anger, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was at the top of the world, skiing.

Intrigue Hits World Chess As Russian Chief Ilyumzhinov Said To Resign

World chess has been roiled by intrigue after the game's governing body announced the resignation of its controversial longtime leader, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has suggested he is the target of an American plot.

Former Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk Charged In Russia In Absentia

A Russian district court has accused former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in absentia, of participation in an “armed group” and “aggravated murder,” charges he has rejected as “absurd” on Facebook. (Ukrainian Service)

New Ukrainian Law Requires NGO Heads To Declare Assets

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law controversial amendments to the country's anticorruption legislation requiring representatives of nongovernmental organizations to file asset declarations.

Georgians Gain Visa-Free Travel To Most EU Countries

Georgian nationals with biometric passports will be able to travel to most European Union member states without visas as of March 28.

Jehovah's Witness Faces Hate Charges In Kazakhstan

Preliminary hearings were held in the trial of a Jehovah's Witness charged with inciting interethnic enmity on March 27 in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

Another Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Charged With Corruption

The acting chairman of Kyrgyzstan's opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party has been charged with corruption.

Tajikistan To Hold Separate Military Maneuvers With U.S., Russian Troops

Separate military maneuvers -- one involving Tajik and U.S. forces and the other Tajik and Russian troops -- are due to begin in Tajikistan on March 27.

POLYGRAPH.Info: Kadyrov Claims Total Victory Over Terrorism In Chechnya

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