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THE POWER VERTICAL: Putin Revives The Brezhnev Doctrine

Don’t look now, but Russian President Vladimir Putin is channeling Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, again.

'Look At Me!' -- Russian Ambassador Demands Attention

Russia's UN ambassador Vladimir Safronkov got somewhat frustrated with his British opposite number, Matthew Rycroft, during the Security Council debate on Syria on April 12.

Macedonians Voice Frustrations With 'Constant Crisis'

Macedonia is mired in a political crisis that has left it without a government since December and spawned constant protests.

From Kyrgyz Educator To Janitor In Moscow

Gulnara Kasybekova was the head of a village school in Kyrgyzstan, but her salary was barely enough to survive on. Like hundreds of thousands of Kyrgyz citizens, she left her home and family in pursuit of a decent living in Russia.


Kremlin Says No Discussion Of U.S. - Russia Summit

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not discuss the prospects for a meeting between Putin and President Donald Trump during their talks in Moscow.

U.S., Russia Urge Better Ties After Tillerson-Putin Meeting, Though Syria Rift Remains

The United States and Russia have cautiously backed efforts to improve ties after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, though a clear rift remained over a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria.

Russia To Move 2018 Presidential Vote To Day Marking Seizure Of Crimea

Russia is preparing to move the date of the 2018 presidential election that is expected to hand President Vladimir Putin a new term from March 11 to March 18, the day Russia celebrates its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

European Court Says Russia Failed To Protect Beslan Victims

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia must pay nearly 3 million euros to relatives of victims of a school siege that left 334 people dead in the southern town of Beslan.

More Russian March Organizers Detained

Opposition PARNAS party leader Vladimir Maltsev has suffered a heart attack after authorities searched his apartment in Saratov and detained him on April 12 on allegations of using violence against a policeman during rallies in Moscow on March 26 that he helped organize. Nationalist activists and march organizers Ivan Beletskiy and Yuriy Gorskiy, have also been detained. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Navalny Calls For New Protests On June 12

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is calling on "all patriots" in the country to join nationwide anticorruption rallies on June 12.

Putin Says Some Russians Might Lose Citizenship For Joining IS

Russian President Vladimir Putin says some Russians might lose citizenship for joining the so-called Islamic state group.

Kadyrov And Sechin Vow To Sue Financial Times Over ‘False Allegations’

In a statement issued on April 12, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian state oil company Rosneft chief Igor Sechin announced their intention to file legal claims against the Financial Times for an April 11th story reporting a conflict between the two men, saying the story “offends the bright memory of Ahmad-Hadji Kadyrov, whom Igor Sechin knew closely since 1999.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Hundreds In London Protest Persecution Of Gays In Chechnya

Hundreds of people have descended on the Russian Embassy in London to protest against the reported torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya.

Doctors Virtually Held Hostage in Separatist-Controlled Ukraine

RFE/RL’s Donbas Realities website reports that doctors in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic are being forbidden from leaving, as separatists controlling the territory consider them civil servants and fear the loss of specialized personnel. Doctors are told that, if they leave, Ukraine will prosecute them as collaborators, whereas if they manage to return, separatist authorities will consider them spies. (Ukrainian Service)

U.S. Senator Backs Montenegro's NATO Membership

U.S. Senator John McCain has said Montenegro's accession to NATO is crucial to stability in the region in the face of Russian actions abroad that he called "not acceptable."

Bosnian Serb Police Charge Retired Croatian General With War Crimes

Bosnian Serb police have accused retired Croatian General Ante Gotovina of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

MOST READ/RUSSIA: How Arkady Rotenberg Is Covering His Tracks

The Internet research group Municipal Scanner has conducted an investigation of foreign property belonging to Arkady Rotenberg, a close friend and former judo partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and reports that Rotenberg, currently under a U.S. and EU ban, is evading sanctions by sending associates to western countries as proxies to register companies and buy assets. (over 110K views on Russian Service website)

PHOTOGALLERY: The Manhoff Archives: Artist Or Spy?

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