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U.S Ambassador Huntsman On Religious Freedom In Russia, Sanctions, And Ukraine

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman spoke to RFE/RL on April 12 about the recent arrests of members of religious minorities in Russia, and hopes for a democratic outcome in Ukraine’s forthcoming presidential election.

Ukrainian President Arrives For Debate In Kyiv, Challenger Doesn't

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko went to Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy Stadium for a presidential election debate, but his challenger didn't show up after a disagreement over the timing.

NATO Holds Navy Drills In Black Sea Amid Russia Tensions

Sea Shield 2019, an annual Romanian-led naval exercise, continued in the Black Sea on April 12, with more than 20 ships and crews from Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, and Turkey. The drill took place amid increased tensions in the Black Sea region after Russia's capture of three Ukrainian naval vessels in November.

Thousands In Belgrade Protest Against Vucic

Thousands of Serbian demonstrators marched through the center of Belgrade on April 13 for the latest, and what organizers hoped would be the biggest, outpouring of opposition following months of protest against President Aleksandar Vucic.

Remembering Kosovo's 1999 Mass Deportation

Kosovars marked the 20th anniversary of the wartime expulsion by Serbian forces of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo.

OTHER NEWS

Russian Court Postpones Serebrennikov Trial In Apparent Victory For Defense

A Russian judge has ordered a "comprehensive" evaluation of financial, artistic, and other evidence brought against theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and his co-defendants, in what appeared to be a victory for the defense in the high-profile case.

Estonia Bans Visas For Russian Journalists Assigned To Discredit Religious Group

Estonia’s interior ministry has issued a 5-year Schengen visa ban to Yelena Yerofeyeva and Pavel Kostrikov, two Russian journalists working for the state-run VGTRK who, the ministry says, were tasked with producing a report “making fun of the activities of the religious organization [Jehovah’s Witnesses] and inciting hostility towards it.” (Russian Service)

Former Poroshenko-Owned Ship-Building Factory To Repair Russian Ships

Russian media reports that the Sevmorzavod ship building plant in Sevastopol will begin repairing ships of the Russian Black Sea fleet. The plant previously belonged to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, but was nationalized by Russia-backed authorities in 2015 following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. (Russian Service)

Armenian, Azerbaijani FMs To Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh In Moscow

Moscow is set to host the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers on April 15 for talks on the conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

European Parliament To Debate Rule Of Law In Romania

The European Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary session on April 15 to discuss the rule-of-law situation in EU member Romania. European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans had warned Romania's leftist government on April 3 that Brussels will act swiftly if Bucharest does not take real action toward reform.

Proposed Republika Srpska Ban On Filming Police Sends Chill Through Bosnia’s Media

Lawmakers in Republika Srpska, Bosnia's Serb entity, are set to vote on April 16 on a series of public-order laws that, among other things, would ban people from taking or distributing videos and photos of public servants, including police and security officials, while they are performing their duties.

Opposition Activists Clash With Police In Albanian Capital

At least five police officers and dozens of opposition activists were injured in clashes with police in the Albanian capital, as demonstrators called for the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama's government.

Uzbek President's Daughter Given Deputy Post In State Media Agency

The eldest daughter of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has been appointed deputy head of the newly established presidential Press and Information Agency that oversees communications and media regulation.

Tajiks Spend More Than $320 Million Annually On Bribes For Medical Treatment

Medical services in Tajikistan are officially free, and 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, but residents pay on average about $22 per year for medical certificates, examinations, and preferential treatment by doctors. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

MAJLIS PODCAST: The Continuing Torture Of A Tajik Opposition Leader

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