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Putin Lashes Out Over Syria, Ahead Of Tillerson’s Arrival In Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow will formally call for an international investigation into what Western governments say was a deadly chemical-weapons attack by the Syrian government on civilians last week.

McCain Concerned About Russian ‘Meddling’ In Bosnia

U.S. Senator John McCain, on a tour of the western Balkans, said in Sarajevo on April 11 that he was concerned about Russian meddling in the internal affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Hidden Killers In Ukraine’s Field

Unexploded bombs, mines, and booby-traps litter the fields of eastern Ukraine -- an unmapped and deadly hazard not only for soldiers, but also farmers and other civilians.

Mourners Pay Last Respects To Russian Poet Yevtushenko

At a literary club in Moscow, mourners paid their last respects to celebrated poet Russian Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Touchdown In Tajikistan -- After 25 Years

The first flight arrived in Tashkent from Dushanbe after a hiatus of a quarter of a century.

OTHER NEWS

Tension High As Tillerson Meets With Lavrov in Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has begun a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov amid heightened tension over the war in Syria.

Russia Says Two Of Its Soldiers Killed By Mortar Fire In Syria

Russia's Defense Ministry said on April 11 that two of its soldiers had been killed in a mortar attack in Syria while a third was seriously wounded.

Canadian Court Denies Bail For Man In Massive Russian Hacking Case

A Canadian court on April 11 declined to release on bail a man accused of working with Russian intelligence agents in the largest-ever e-mail hacking scheme, calling him "a valuable operative for the FSB."

Putin's National Guard Sends A Message In Irkutsk

Although the official mission of the National Guard is to combat terrorism, many in Russia believe its true purpose is to protect the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and to ensure his smooth reelection to a fourth term in March 2018.

Russian Tycoon Usmanov To Sue Navalny For ‘Lies’

Uzbek-born Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov says he is planning a libel lawsuit against Kremlin critic and anti-corruption crusader Aleksei Navalny.

Gay Chechens Recount Roundups, Beatings, Extortion

Human rights groups and a major Russian newspaper say that in recent months gay Chechens have been rounded up because of their sexual orientation, beaten, blackmailed, and even killed.

Ukraine's Hroysman Pledges More Reforms In 2017

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman says his government will continue to implement reforms in 2017.

Ukrainian Oligarch Seeks Compensation From Russia For Lost Crimea Assets

Ukraine’s largest energy company DTEK, which belongs to Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, has presented Russia with a claim for compensation of $500 million as a result of the nationalization of the company’s assets in Crimea after Moscow annexed the peninsula in 2014. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Twenty Belarusians Charged With Organizing Illegal Armed Group

Amid popular discontent over a controversial tax on the unemployed, state media in Belarus report that 20 citizens have been charged with organizing an illegal armed group.

Nazarbayev Launches Adoption Of Latin Alphabet

As part of the national development strategy “Kazakhstan 2050,” Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has instructed the government to draw up a timetable for the replacement of the Cyrillic alphabet with Latin letters, including the publication of all documents, periodicals, and books in the Latin alphabet by 2025. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Amnesty Calls For Release Of Jailed Kazakh Union Activist

Amnesty International is calling on Kazakh authorities to release labor union activist Nurbek Qushaqbaev from prison and stop their "attack" on independent trade union movements.

Tajikistan Orders Police To Attend The Theater

Tajikistan has already told its police to lose extra weight. Now it's ordering them to squeeze themselves into theater seats.

President’s Song Chosen For Asian Games

A song entitled, “Forward, Forward, Only Forward, the Native Land of Turkmenistan,” composed by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov, has been unanimously chosen by members of a national committee as the official anthem of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which the country will host in September. (in Russian, Turkmen Service)

COMMENTARY: Is Balkan Sympathy For Refugees Running Out?

POLYGRAPH.Info: Are Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Activities ‘Extremist,’ As Russia Claims?

PRESSROOM: Protest Coverage Brings Record Audiences to RFE/RL Online Platforms

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