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Ukraine Conflict Dominates NATO-Russia Council Session

NATO representatives have told Russia that the situation in Ukraine is of "deep concern" at the first session of the Russia-NATO Council to be held this year.

Putin Defends Punishment Of Protesters, Attacks Sanctions

Speaking at an arctic forum in Arkhangelsk on March 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked U.S. sanctions on Moscow, and answered questions about anticorruption protests on March 26 saying people who broke the law should be punished.

Navalny Lawyer Pledges European Court Battle

Olga Mikhailova, the lawyer for detained Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, said she planned to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

OTHER NEWS

Putin Downplays Anticorruption Protests; Moscow Court Upholds Navalny Sentence

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed criticism over a police crackdown on protesters, saying anyone who breaks the law will be punished.

Russia’s Prosecutor General Orders Block On Websites Publicizing Rally

Alexei Navalny’s anticorruption foundation has published an order by Russia’s General Prosecutor's office instructing Roskomnadzor, the country’s media regulator, to order telecom companies to block access to five websites that have posted calls for mass demonstrations on Moscow’s Red Square and in other cities on April 2. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

U.S. Senate Panel Digs Into Alleged Russian Election Meddling

U.S. senators took a deep look into Russia’s alleged meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic Senators Call For Probe Of Trump Firm’s Azerbaijan Business

A group of senior Democratic U.S. senators has asked the Treasury Department and the attorney general's office to investigate President Donald Trump's alleged business dealings in Azerbaijan, which they say may have violated U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Ukraine President Orders Cease-Fire In Eastern Conflict Zone

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the military to implement a cease-fire and weapons pullback in eastern Ukraine beginning on April 1.

Top Regional Security Officer Killed In Ukraine's Troubled Donetsk Region

Ukraine says one of its top regional security officers has been killed in a car explosion in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Belarus Police Raid Independent TV Channel

Belarusian police have searched the headquarters of the popular Belsat TV station, a subsidiary of Poland's Telewizja PolskChechnyaa S.A.

Chechen Parliament Passes Law Approving Hijab In School

Chechnya’s parliament has approved a law recognizing "the right of students to wear clothes or symbols according to national traditions and religious beliefs,” despite previous declarations by Russia’s education ministry that education in Russia is secular. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Chechen Parliament Speaker Shames Again

Maryat Zanzulayeva, who recently spoke out against recent police arrests and beatings in Chechnya, has become the latest person in the Russian republic to be browbeaten by its powerful parliament speaker.

Putin's Annual Televised Q&A Session Postponed

Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual live question-and-answer session will be postponed this year, his spokesman has said.

Russia’s Proton-M Rockets Declared Defective

The head of Russia’s Energomash firm has told Russian media that defects have been found in almost all engines produced for the Proton-M space launch vehicles since 2015, because of faulty solder, with replacements not likely until 2018. (Russian Service)

NATO Chief Defends Plans To Open Office In Moldova

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has defended plans to open a liaison office in Moldova, saying it can help facilitate a practical partnership between the two sides.

Interpol Issues Arrest Notices For Associates Of Serbian Ultranationalist

Interpol has issued high-priority red notices for the arrest of three associates of Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj.

Kosovo President Vows To Consult On Creating Regular Army

Kosovo’s president has backed away from a controversial pledge to push through a law turning the country's security force into a national army, telling RFE/RL that he will consult with ethnic minorities and make the change through constitutional amendments.

Uzbek President Signs Legislation Softening Punishment For Some Crimes

State-run media in Uzbekistan say President Shavkat Mirziyaev has signed a law that softens punishment for some crimes and reduces the length of time suspects can be held before charge or trial.

THE POWER VERTICAL: Bolotnaya Deja Vu: What Happens Next?

ANALYSIS: Southern Slavic? Balkan Nationalists Balk At Common Language Initiative

COMMENTARY: A New Chinese Interest In Central Asian Security

FURTHER AFIELD: In Rare Video In Persian, IS Threatens To Conquer Iran

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