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THE POWER VERTICAL: Who's Insulting Nemtsov's Memory?

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has told reporters that a move in the United States Congress to name a Washington street near the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov was an insult to the slain opposition leader's memory.

Students Speak Out Against 'Segregation' At Bosnian School

In the Bosnian town of Jajce, local authorities want to create Muslim-only classes.

Raging Rivers Threaten Kyrgyz Villagers

In eastern Kyrgyzstan, runoff from the melting snows of winter can cause havoc in the valleys in the spring, causing villagers, along with their livestock, to risk their lives to cross once calm rivers.


U.S. Man Admits Trying To Sell Satellite Secrets To Russian Spy

An engineer for a defense contractor in California has pleaded guilty to selling sensitive satellite information to a person he believed was a Russian spy.

U.S. Sentences Ukrainian Hacker To 30 Months For Fraud Scheme

A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced on May 22 to 30 months in a U.S. prison for a scheme using stolen unpublished news releases to make around $30 million in profits.

New Law Requires Majority Ukrainian Language Content On TV

Ukraine’s parliament adopted a law on May 22 requiring the exclusive use of the Ukrainian language in 75 percent of TV content aired on national channels between 7am and 6pm and between 6pm and 10pm daily. Local channels must ensure that 60 percent of content aired during these times is in the Ukrainian language. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Ukraine To Consider Visa Regime With Russia

Ukrainian media, citing parliamentary sources, is reporting that lawmakers next week will discuss the possibility of establishing a visa regime with Russia, a move some experts say is long overdue, while others say it's just posturing. (Ukrainian Service)

'Living Bots': How Moscow's Mayor Uses Stealth To Shape Public Opinion

Amid controversy over a proposed demolition of up to 8,000 Soviet-era apartment blocks in Moscow, the administration of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has pulled out all the stops to bend public opinion in the direction it desires.

Kadyrov Children Much Richer in 2016

In his 2016 asset and income declaration, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov reported income belong collectively to his 12 minor children amounting to the equivalent of approximately $177,000, a dramatic increase over the amount of $3,540 reported in 2015. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

IPC Says 'Strong Chance' Of Russia Ban For 2018 Paralympic Games

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on May 22 that there "is a strong chance" Russia could be banned from the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea for doping violations.

Azerbaijani Journalist Jailed, Supporters Cry Foul

A court in Azerbaijan has ordered journalist Nicat Amiraslanov to spend 30 days in jail after finding him guilty of resisting police.

Amnesty International Criticizes Moldovan President's Antigay Comments

The Moldova branch of Amnesty International says President Igor Dodon has violated the country's constitution by saying that he is not the president of Moldovan gays.

Nazarbaev Meets Tillerson, Voices Hope For Closer Cooperation

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and voiced hope for closer cooperation between the two countries.

More Than 31 Million More People Became Internally Displaced In 2016

Conflicts, violence, and natural disasters forced more than 31 million people into internal displacement in 2016, says a new report released on May 22 by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC),

POLL: The Strange Lure Of Violence

A survey on how Russians view violence conducted by Public Verdict, a polling group, found that more than 40 percent of respondents believe security forces should have the right to resort to force, including torture, if it supports a criminal investigation. The foundation’s director Natalya Taubina observes that “Russian people are more afraid of crime than of torture.” Psychologist Olga Makhovskaya says the results “prove that power remains a valuable quality and tool in Russia to solve problems and resolve conflicts.” (Russian Service)

BLOGGING THE BALKANS: Bosnian Students Challenge Classroom 'Apartheid'

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: In Northwestern Afghanistan, “We Sold Property... To Buy Weapons”

PRESSROOM: Afghan President Honors RFE/RL Journalists

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