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Ukraine’s 2019 Elections (RFE/RL Ukrainian Service)
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Brexit Uncertainty Weighs On Bulgarian-Staffed British Farm

A farm in southern England is the largest employer for a small Bulgarian village, which sends roughly a third of its population to work there each summer. As negotiations over Brexit drag on, migrant workers and farm managers alike are wondering what impact it might have on their livelihoods.

Ancient Russian Instrument Finds A New Resonance

A 30-year-old Russian entrepreneur has set up a factory in his hometown to build the gusli, an ancient Russian musical instrument. Sergey Gorchakov and his craftsmen build instruments based on old drawings, but have also developed new models.

INFOGRAPHIC: Sending Money Home: The Largest Remittance Recipients Around The World

Transfers of money by foreign workers to their home countries have reached almost $700 billion in 2018.


WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested In London

London police say they have arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran Embassy after being "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadoran government's withdrawal of asylum," a statement said.

As Runoff Race Intensifies, Poroshenko Pushes ‘Me Or Putin’ Message

Giant purple billboards produced by incumbent President Petro Poroshenko’s campaign declare that Ukrainians voting in the runoff election on April 21 face "a decisive choice" between Poroshenko and...Russian President Vladimir Putin.

New Ukraine Poll Gives Zelenskiy Huge Lead Over Poroshenko

The first independent poll taken since the first round of Ukraine's presidential election suggests that political newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy has a lopsided lead of 61 percent to 24 percent among respondents who intend to vote in the runoff on April 21.

Russian Probe Targets Lithuanian Judges Over War Crimes Conviction

Russian authorities have announced a criminal investigation involving judges at a Vilnius court, claiming they delivered “a deliberately wrongful sentence” by convicting dozens of former Soviet army personnel, mostly in absentia, of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during Moscow's deadly 1991 crackdown on the Baltic nation's independence movement.

Former FSB Employee Imprisoned For Six Years In High-Profile Treason Case

A former employee of the Federal Security Service’s cyberunit has been sentenced to six years in prison on high-treason charges in a case linked to a major scandal at Russia's main security agency. The case has shed light on the murky overlap between computer hackers and the FSB.

Cairo Court Reportedly Charges Five Russians As 'Extremists'

The head of the Russian Embassy's consular department in Cairo says five Russian citizens from Ingushetia who were detained in Egypt in August 2018 have been charged with extremism.

Duma Advances Russian 'Sovereign Internet' Bill

Russia’s Duma has passed the second of three votes for a controversial bill that would effectively disconnect the country's Internet from the global network. Critics say it is part of an effort by the government to increase state control over the Internet.

Putin Offers Russia’s Help To Build Kazakh Nuclear Plant

Talk in Kazakhstan of constructing a nuclear power plant is on again, and picking up momentum. President Vladimir Putin proposed Russian help to build a plant when he met with Kazakhstan's new president earlier this month in Moscow.

Kolomoiskiy Sues Ukraine For Return Of PrivatBank Shares

Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskiy is suing Ukraine for the return of $2 billion worth of shares in PrivatBank, the country’s largest financial institution, which was finalized by the Ukrainian government in 2016. (Ukrainian Service)

Lukashenka Accuses Russia Of ‘Twisting Arms’

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has equated Moscow’s recent exclusion of a number of Belarusian products with sanctions, saying Russia has “already become so impudent, they are starting to twist our arms. ” Speaking to his economic advisors, he added that “the good we do for the Russian Federation always turns out to be evil for us.” (Russian Service)

Iranian Murder Suspect Fights Deportation From Belarus

Mehrdad Jamshidian has spent the past eight months locked up in a Minsk detention facility, awaiting deportation from the last country in Europe to retain the death penalty to another that has been accused of carrying out "arbitrary executions."

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