Loshchinka, located 175 kilometers away from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, has no store, water is brought in from a nearby village, and a bus visits only twice a week, but it has TV, and its population of 25 people voted unanimously for Vladimir Putin. (Siberia Realities website)
Speaking in Prague, Steve Bannon, a former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, told an audience that if NATO countries “are so worried about Russia, pay up,” though he added that China is the biggest threat, and that Russia is "not even in the top 5."
Ukraine has showcased the firepower of the Javelin antitank missile system, supplied by the United States last month, in a performance President Petro Poroshenko called "a dream come true."
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Protesters chanting “Enough Sitting!” gathered in front of the presidential administration building in Kyiv in support of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, held in a Russian prison, who has declared a hunger strike. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, speaking separately, refused to comment on proposals that Sentsov be exchanged for Kirill Vyshinsky, the editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti Ukraine, who was arrested in Kyiv on May 15.
The Russian Navy says a nuclear-powered submarine has successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles on the country's northwestern coast from a submerged position in the White Sea.
At a meeting in the Russian resort city of Sochi on May 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bulgarian leader Rumen Radev hailed their countries’ common cultural ties and vowed to revive economic cooperation, including on major new energy projects.
Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been detained in recent days in Russia, further to an April 2017 decision banning the group as an extremist organization. More than 18 searches and 15 detentions have been reported in Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast and Orenburg, in Russia’s far east, since May 17. The group claims approximately 170,000 followers in Russia, most of whom are now seeking asylum abroad. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
In a political system tightly controlled by the Kremlin, Yevgeny Roizman was an outlier. Having resigned on May 22 to protest a decision to abolish mayoral elections, the now former mayor of Yekaterinburg confronts only meager options.
The host of the YouTube channel of jailed opposition politician and anticorruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days in prison over nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin on May 5.
Soccer's world governing body has declared Russia's World Cup players free of doping, but said it will continue to investigate other soccer players in the country.
Ukraine has accused 35 football clubs of involvement in a match-fixing operation that has implicated two-thirds of all the teams in the country’s top divisions, and allegedly earned millions of dollars a year for the organizers.
Khamzat Kadyrov, the 21-year-old nephew of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, has been appointed acting head of the republic’s Kurchaloevsky district, which includes the family’s ancestral village of Tsentaroi. (in Russian, Caucasus Realities)
An Amnesty International delegation will be in Uzbekistan this week in what the human rights watchdog describes as the first such visit to the country in 14 years.