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THE POWER VERTICAL: Neighbors Know Best

Seven decades after George Kennan articulated the US Cold War policy of containment, a new policy of containment is beginning to take shape in Europe.

U.S. Senator Booker Says Russia Trying to Destabilize Democracies Globally

Russia's interference in Ukraine is just one sign of a broad attempt to destabilize democracies around the world, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has told RFE/RL.

Vucic Sworn In As Serbian President Amid Protests

Aleksandar Vucic has been sworn in as Serbia's president, taking office amid protests against his increasingly tight grip on power in the Balkan state.

Father-Son Duo Creates Smartphone Farm

A father and son in Ukraine say their DIY, smartphone-run greenhouse can help make homegrown food more plentiful and affordable.

American Barbecue Vs. Moldovan Bureaucracy

A volunteer-cum-entrepreneur who helped launch a popular American barbecue restaurant in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, is trying to help other start-ups.


Russia Expels Moldovan, Estonian Diplomats In Retaliatory Moves

Moscow has ordered five Moldovan and two Estonian diplomats to leave Russia following the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the two countries.

Moscow Court Orders Navalny To Remove Medvedev Corruption Video

A Moscow court has ruled in favor of Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov in his defamation lawsuit against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny.

Landlord Of Navalny's Election Headquarters In Irkutsk Attacked

Unknown assailants have attacked the landlord of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's election campaign headquarters in Irkutsk.

Putin Denies Cyber Meddling, But Leaves Room For ‘Patriotic’ Hackers

Responding to a question about potential Russian hacking of Germany’s forthcoming elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the DPA news agency that Russia “is not engaged and doesn’t plan to engage” in hacking, adding, “if [the hackers] are patriotically minded, they may, on their own, contribute their fair share to fight those who speak badly about Russia.” (Russian Service)

Pilot 'Disorientation' Probable Cause Of Russian Air Crash That Killed 92

The December crash of a Russian military passenger jet plane that killed 92 people, including members of a renowned army musical ensemble, was likely caused by pilot disorientation, Russian media report.

Holy Roller: News Site Told Russian Priest's Land Cruiser Is Off-Limits

A Russian priest with a taste for lavish cars has landed in the spotlight after a furious letter in his name demanded that a regional news site delete its report about his luxury SUV or face a criminal complaint.

Chechen Prosecutor Bans Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

A prosecutor in Chechnya has banned the publication of the French satirical newspaper’s drawings and cartoons on grounds they insult the feelings of believers. The magazine published a caricature of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in April. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Swedish Court Sides With Ukraine In Gas Dispute With Russia In Preliminary Rulings

A Stockholm arbitration court has sided with Ukraine in three preliminary rulings in a long-running dispute between Moscow and Kyiv over natural gas.

Demonstrators In Tbilisi Protest Azerbaijani Journalist’s Alleged Abduction

Georgia's opposition United National Movement party has called for government resignations amid protests in the Georgian capital over the alleged abduction and forcible return of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Afqan Muxtarli to Baku.

Macedonian Parliament Approves New Government Headed By Socialist Zaev

Macedonia's parliament has elected a new center-left coalition government led by former opposition leader Zoran Zaev, ending a six-month political stalemate.

Russian Pranksters Pose As Ukrainian President, PM In Calls To Montenegrin Leaders

Two leading politicians in Montenegro have fallen victim to Russian pranksters who posed as the president and prime minister of Ukraine in telephone calls last week.

Prominent Kazakh Actor Who Criticized Culture Minister Convicted

A court in Kazakhstan has convicted prominent actor-director Tunghyshbai Zhamanqulov and handed him a suspended sentence in a politically charged embezzlement case.

BLOGGING THE BALKANS: Who's Afraid Of Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev?

MOST READ/RUSSIA: The Navalny Effect

Political expert Valery Solovey told RFE/RL that Aleksei Navalny’s chances of competing in Russia’s 2018 presidential election are growing, since “everything the authorities do against [him] turns to his favor” and, come the fall, they may decide that registering his candidacy is the least risky option. (over 40K Views on Russian Service website)

POLYGRAPH.Info: First U.S. Magnitsky Prosecution ‘Falls Apart’

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