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Dear Expelled Diplomats, The Plane Is Preparing For Takeoff, Please Turn Off All Your Spying Radios (RFE/RL Russian Service)

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Ukrainian Nationalists March In Kyiv

Hundreds of flag-waving Ukrainian nationalists took to the streets of Kyiv on April 3 to protest corruption and the power of oligarchs.

Putin Launches Construction Of Turkey's First Nuclear Power Plant

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have formally launched the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, a $20 billion project in Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coastal region of Mersin.

The Biggest Plane On Earth Takes Off For The First Time In Six Months

The world's largest airplane, the AN-225 "Mriya," produced by Ukraine’s Antonov factory, flew from the airport in Gostomel to Leipzig, Germany, from where it will transport about 150 tons of cargo to Saudi Arabia. (Ukrainian Service)

NATO Vs. Killer Russian Robots: Graphic Novel Envisions Cyberwar In Moldova

Silent Ruin, a fictional, comic-style story published online by the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, aims to help U.S. soldiers be better prepared for future cyberbattle threats.

OTHER NEWS

7:40am -- Good Morning!

[Excerpt from Current Time TV’s daily, first-read for Russian-speaking audiences.]

Today in the Hague, at Russia’s initiative, the executive committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will convene an extraordinary meeting in connection with the nerve-agent attack against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. On the eve of the meeting in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Novichok, which poisoned the Skripals, could have been produced in “about 20 countries.” Earlier, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Britain will find itself forced to apologize to Russia. “In any case their theory will not be confirmed, because it is impossible to confirm it.”

Trump Tells Baltic Leaders 'Nobody Tougher On Russia' Than Him

The three Baltic presidents pledged to continue meeting NATO's defense-spending obligations in the hope that the alliance will bolster security along NATO's eastern flank.

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny To Create New Party

Russian opposition politician and Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny plans to establish a new political party called Rabocheye Nazvaniye, which can be translated as either Working Name or Provisional Title.

Facebook Deletes Pages Linked To 'Troll Factory'

Facebook says it has deleted dozens of pages linked to a Russian "troll factory" that was indicted in the United States for political activities aimed at influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Direct Mayoral Elections Abolished In Yekaterinburg

Lawmakers in Russia's Sverdlovsk region have abolished the direct election of the mayor in the regional capital, Yekaterinburg, a move that has met with resistance from the current mayor and residents of Russia's fourth-largest city.

Ukrainian Lawmakers Legislate E-Declarations For Anticorruption Activists

In a move criticized by the West. Ukraine’s parliament has approved legislation that will require anticorruption activists to submit electronic income and asset declarations, just as government officials and civil servants do. (Ukrainian Service)

Son Of Moldovan Ex-President Convicted Of Money Laundering

A son of former Moldovan President Petru Lucinschi, Chiril Lucinschi, has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison on corruption charges that he says are trumped up

Uzbek President ‘Eyewashed’ During Visits To Provinces

In remarks to RFE/RL, Uzbek Presidential Spokesman Komil Allamjonov acknowledged reports of artifice and fakery intended to enhance President Shavkat Mirziyoev’s visits to the provinces. Fake greenhouses have been hastily constructed along the presidential route and, in one district, dozens of college students were made to sit at sewing machines and pretend to work at a not yet operational textile factory. (in Russian, Uzbek Service)

Former Uzbek Deputy Security Service Chief Reportedly Detained In Purge

Uzbek police have detained a former deputy head of the country’s National Security Service, the latest in a series of high-profile arrests of senior law enforcement officials.

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: Current Kyrgyz Presidents On Collision Course

PHOTOGALLERY: Putin's Team 2000: What Happened To Key Players

Current Time TV has compiled an interactive photogallery documenting life after the elections for key figures who were present at Vladimir Putin’s campaign headquarters during his first presidential victory in 2000. Some have joined the opposition, some have pursued lucrative careers, and some have died. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

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