Putin has turned France into an adversary.
Thousands of Russian opposition activists held a rally in Moscow on May 6 to mark five years since the 2012 Bolotnaya Square antigovernment protests in Moscow.
Some 200 people protested on May 7 before the parliament building in Chisinau against changes to the country's electoral system.
Kyiv rolled out the red carpet on May 7 as competitors arrived ahead of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet in Washington on May 10 to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as other bilateral issues.
Russian President Vladimir Putin used a speech at a military parade commemorating the Allied victory over Nazi Germany to press Western countries to fall in line with Moscow's approach to combating international terrorism.
Chechnya’s security services have hailed their infiltration of militant social networks, claiming it has led to the opening of dozens of criminal and administrative investigations in the first four months of 2017. Critics say the infiltration, which for example has included goading targeted persons to send money to support terrorist groups, as evidence that can then be used in court against them, has had the consequence of inciting militancy among youth. (Caucasus Realities website)
Georgy Makaryev leads a high-profile life among the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's Luhansk region as the head of a "patriotic" youth organization. But the 39-year-old former police investigator from the Russian region of Kabardino-Balkaria is wanted in connection with a brutal May 2016 brawl in Moscow that left three Tajik migrant workers dead and dozens of people injured.
Kyiv’s chief of police says 25 people, including some who hurled smoke grenades at police and journalists, were detained during rallies commemorating Victory Day, while members of the nationalist movement OUN called on “all patriots” to disrupt the marches. (Ukrainian Service)
As Kyiv prepares to host the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the city is in overdrive to show the West that Ukraine has overcome political upheaval, endured war, and become more European.
Two correspondents with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, both accredited to cover Eurovision, were reportedly detained at the border and barred from entering Ukraine for three years.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili's office said that U.S. President Donald Trump expressed Washington's "full support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity" during a May 8 meeting at the White House.
The United States is calling on Kosovo to ratify a border-demarcation deal with Montenegro, saying the domestic political gridlock over the agreement is damaging the Balkan nation's international credibility.
A new poll by the Russian Public Opinion Fund finds that 50 percent of Russian respondents view former Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s actions during World War II favorably, a 10 percent increase over 2005. The Levada Center reports that 46 percent of Russian respondents view Stalin with “admiration,” “respect” or “sympathy.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)