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VISUAL REPORTS

THE POWER VERTICAL: The Tao Of Peskov

Everyday, this Kremlin spokesman seems to discover a new alternative universe.

The Russian Revolution, As Painted By Children

One century ago, a teacher in Moscow collected drawings by his students that showed the events unfolding outside the school's doors: protests, revolution, and civil war.

Orban Visit To Georgia Draws Protests Over University Law

Protests and counter-protests greeted a visit by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, in part fueled by a new law that could shut down a liberal university in Hungary founded by George Soros.

How Did The Kyrgyz President Get So Rich?

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev likes to talk about his wealth, but critics say he's less talkative about where it came from.

OTHER NEWS

Tillerson Briefs Poroshenko On Russia Visit, Vows 'Firm' Support

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improved U.S.-Russian relations, and reiterated his "firm" support for Kyiv.

EU's Mogherini Meets Lavrov In Moscow

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini is on her first official visit to Russia, making the trip at a time when tensions are high between Moscow and the 28-member bloc.

U.S. 'Shocked' By OSCE Member Death In Ukraine, Urges Russia To Aid Probe

The U.S. State Department has said it was "shocked" over the death of a U.S. citizen serving as an international monitor in the conflict zone in Ukraine and called on Russia to use its influence to allow a full investigation.

YouTube Removes Video Comparing Navalny To Hitler

YouTube has removed a video likening Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, citing a copyright claim.

UNESCO Calls For Investigation Of Andrushchenko Death

Calling his death a blow to freedom of expression, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova urged Russian authorities to investigate the death of journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko on April 19. (Russian Service)

‘Difficult’ Russian Journalist Died As He Lived, Mired In Intrigue

Nikolai Andrushchenko, a cantankerous septuagenarian journalist with a turbulent past, rarely kept editors abreast of his investigations.

Ukraine Defense Spending Down By 3.8 Percent In 2016

In a report on military spending in Central Europe released on April 23, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute finds that Ukraine reduced its expenditures in 2016 by 3.8 percent, to approximately $3.5 billion, a drop it attributes to an overall decrease in the intensity of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (Ukrainian Service)

Two Years On, Ukraine's KGB Archives Open 'To Everyone'

Just over two years ago, on April 9, 2015, Ukraine's parliament adopted a historic law on opening up the country's Soviet-era secret-police archives. In the law's first full year, requests for information and access boomed by 138 percent.

Russian Soldier Stabbed To Death In Armenia

A Russian soldier was stabbed to death in the northern city of Gyumri, where Moscow maintains a garrison and which was the site of a grisly mass slaying by a Russian serviceman in 2015 that triggered widespread outrage in the ex-Soviet republic.

Kazakh President Calls For Ban Against Islamic Attire

Black clothing is only for funerals, says Kazakhstan's president, who wants a legal ban on certain Islamic clothing -- such as body-covering black garments for women and so-called Salafi-style ankle-length pants for men.

MOST READ/RUSSIA: Putin Knows All about Conspiracy

In a meeting of the Victory committee, an advisory body to the Kremlin charged with promoting patriotism, Andrei Chepurnoi, speaking for a disabled veterans organization, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin is preparing a coup behind his back and is aiming to be Russia’s next president. Putin responded that there will be no “successor,” and the Russian people will be the ones who will chose the next president. (Over 175K views on Russian Service website)

FURTHER AFIELD: Afghan Soldiers’ Coffins Transported After Balkh Based Attack

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