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Violent Storm Killed 16 In And Around Moscow

Russian authorities say the death toll from a violent storm that swept through Moscow and the surrounding region on May 29 has risen to 16. (Current Time TV)

Belgrade Muslims Pray After Mosque Demolished

Friday Prayers in a Belgrade suburb took place in the open air, next to a mosque that was controversially reduced to rubble the night before.

Landslide Sweeps Through Tajik Valley

A late spring thaw in the mountains of northern Tajikistan unleashed a huge landslide on May 28, sending streams of debris into a river and partly blocking the road to Kyrgyzstan.

Drinking Dirty Water In Kyrgyzstan

Inhabitants of Kyzyl-Oktyabr in Kyrgyzstan drink dirty water from a lake that sometimes contains dead animals. Some 39% of the country's population has no access to clean water.

OTHER NEWS

Moscow Vows To Retaliate After Moldova Expels Five Russian Diplomats

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has promised a "tough" response after Moldova ordered five of Moscow's diplomats in Chisinau to leave the country.

'Nothing But Silence': Muscovites Outraged At Lack Of Storm Warnings

Muscovites have reacted with outrage over authorities' preparations for a deadly storm that tore through the Russian capital on May 29, claiming a system of mobile-phone alerts failed them as the perilous weather conditions bore down on the city.

Navalny Seeks Permits For June 12 Protests Across Russia

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his allies have formally requested permission from the authorities to hold anticorruption rallies in Moscow and several other cities on June 12.

Moscow Court Hears Oligarch's Defamation Suit Against Navalny

A Moscow court has begun hearings in the case of a defamation lawsuit filed by Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny.

Kadyrov Invites French President And German Chancellor To Chechnya

In response to criticism from European leaders about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, regional strongman Ramzan Kadyrov used his Telegram account to call on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron "not to be guided by false information," but to visit the republic "in search of truth." (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Text A Priest: Russian Orthodox Church Using Social Media To Connect Kids, Clerics

The Father-Online project, a website and social-media initiative in which Orthodox priests answer questions submitted by youths, is the latest in a spate of developments that has many Russians questioning the proper relationship between the church and the state.

Mic Maker Moves Russian Jobs From Arms To Audio

Using lathes from a Kalashnikov factory and specialists who honed their skills at Russian weapons factories, Soyuz Microphones is building professional mics that have captured the attention of top music producers from Los Angeles to London.

Ukraine's Security Service Searches Yandex Offices In 'Treason' Probe

The Ukrainian Security Service says that searches of the Kyiv and Odesa offices of Russian Internet giant Yandex as part of a treason investigation found that company management had "illegally collected" personal data on local citizens.

Ukraine Blames Separatists For Bombardment That Injures Eight Civilians

Ukrainian authorities are blaming Russia-backed separatists for a hail of artillery fire that injured at least eight civilians, damaged buildings, and interrupted water supplies in the front-line town of Krasnohorivka over the weekend.

Yanukovych Trial Postponed Until June 16

A Kyiv court has adjourned preliminary hearings on charges of high treason brought against ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The former president, who resides in an undisclosed location in Russia, was not connected to the proceedings, however, his lawyer says he is willing to participate in the process, but on his own terms. (Ukrainian Service)

Atambaev Says Kyrgyzstan To Hold Presidential Vote On October 15

President Almazbek Atambaev has announced that Kyrgyzstan will hold a presidential election on October 15.

Former Kyrgyz PM Faces Corruption Investigation

The Prosecutor-General's Office in Kyrgyzstan says that former Prime Minister Igor Chudinov is under investigation in a corruption probe.

Uzbekistan Bans Dozens Of Computer Games

Uzbekistan’s State Agency for Intellectual Property has named 34 popular computer games, including Mortal Kombat X, Postal 2, and Grand Theft Auto, to a list of banned games.

Uzbek Authorities To Purchase Ancient Manuscripts From Population

A new resolution allows authorities to purchase ancient manuscripts from private individuals to enhance the Abu-Reyhan Beruni Oriental Institute's collection in Tashkent.

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