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THE POWER VERTICAL: Corrupting Putin's Software

The real threat of this weekend’s protests is that they targeted the Kremlin’s operating system, the software that makes the system run: corruption.

RFE/RL Journalist Describes Attack On Him In Russia

Several assailants attacked RFE/RL Russian Service reporter Sergei Khazov-Cassia and cameraman Andrei Kostyanov on March 28 in Kropotkin, a town in the Krasnodar Krai.

Georgians Celebrate Visa-Free Travel Into EU

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili became one of the first Georgians to enjoy visa-free travel into the European Union. He joined students, cabinet ministers and members of parliament on a flight to Athens on March 28.

Clashes In Kyrgyzstan Following Jailing of Ex-Lawmaker

Police in Kyrgyzstan clashed over the weekend with protesters demanding the release of former parliamentary deputy Sadyr Japarov.

OTHER NEWS

Tillerson To Urge NATO Pressure Over Russian 'Aggression' Against Neighbors

A senior U.S. official says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will discuss at an upcoming NATO meeting of foreign ministers the need for the alliance to pressure Russia over "aggression against its neighbors" and fulfill its commitments to end the war in Ukraine.

U.S. Senate Gives Final Backing To Montenegro's NATO Bid

The U.S. Senate has given final approval of Montenegro's bid to join NATO, an enlargement of the alliance that is likely to anger Russia.

Top U.S. Military Commander In Europe Calls For Lethal Weaponry For Ukraine

The top U.S. military commander in Europe again backed sending more advanced weaponry to Ukraine to help it in its fight against Russia-backed separatists.

Polish Consulate In Western Ukraine Damaged In Attack

Officials and media reports say unidentified attackers have opened fire at the Polish Consulate in the northwestern Ukrainian city of Lutsk, damaging the roof and windows.

Putin Restricts Broadcasts Of Court Sessions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved legislation restricting broadcasts of court sessions by the media. The new law gives judges the prerogative to permit broadcasts, limit the length of recordings, and specify where recordings can take place. (Russian Service)

Navalny Group Targeted Over Protests As Kremlin Seen Weighing Crackdown

Russian authorities moved quickly to arrest supporters and shut down Alexei Navalny’s anticorruption foundation following public protests last weekend, but analysts suggest the Kremlin is carefully weighing whether to crack down further with just under a year until a presidential election.

Russian Tycoon Accuses AP Of 'Malicious' Lie In Report On Ex-Trump Adviser

Kremlin-connected billionaire Oleg Deripaska has accused the Associated Press of generating a "massive and misleading campaign" against him with its recent report on his ties to U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Russian Hacker Extradited From Finland Pleads Guilty To U.S. Charges

A Russian man extradited from Finland two years ago on computer-fraud charges has pleaded guilty to spreading malicious software and netting millions of dollars for himself.

Russian Conservatory Instructor Resigns After Lecture On National 'Traitors'

An instructor at the Moscow Conservatory has resigned after a video came to light showing her leading a class session in which various opposition political parties, activists, and others were labeled "fifth columnists" and "traitors."

Former Ukraine Attorney Appeals To Court For Reinstatement

Former Attorney General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin, removed from his post one year ago, has filed a lawsuit against Ukraine’s president and parliament challenging his dismissal and asking that he been reinstated in his position. (Ukrainian Service)

Moldovan President Eyes Cooperation Memo With Russian Economic Bloc

Moldova's president has said he will sign a cooperation memorandum with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union at a conference in Chisinau on April 3-4.

Kyrgyz Supreme Court Upholds Detention Of Opposition Leader

Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court has upheld the detention of opposition party leader Omurbek Tekebaev, who has been in custody since his arrest in late February on suspicion of bribe-taking and fraud.

‘Two-Speed Europe’ -- A Plan For EU Unity Or Disintegration?

The Rome Declaration, signed by the leaders of 27 EU member states on March 25, marked the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding Rome Treaty with a vow for continued unity after Britain leaves the European Union.

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Russians Hold Putin Responsible For Corruption

More than two-thirds of Russians believe that President Vladimir Putin is "entirely" or "significantly" responsible for massive corruption among state officials, according to a new survey by the Levada Center.

COMMENTARY: In Casting Quandary, Croatian Filmmaker Lacks For 'Enemies'

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