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Putin Says Hackers Could Target Russia's Critics For 'Patriotic' Reasons

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russian hackers might target those who criticize their country out of "patriotic" feelings, but insisted that the government has no involvement in such cyberattacks.

New Macedonian Government Takes Office

Macedonia's new prime minister, Zoran Zaev, was sworn in on June 1 after the parliament approved his coalition government, ending six months of political deadlock.

Witness Describes Stalin-Era Mass Killings In Kurapaty

Ninety-year-old Volha Barouskaya is the last known living witness to one of the atrocities of the Stalin era, the mass killing by Soviet secret police of prisoners in the Kurapaty woods near Minsk.


Russian Envoy Warns Moscow Will Respond To NATO’s Eastern Boost

Russia’s ambassador to NATO says Moscow will respond to the alliance's military deployment in Eastern member states.

Chechen Accused Of Plotting To Kill Putin Survives Shooting In Kyiv

Adam Osmayev, a Chechen man whom Russian authorities accuse of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin, was shot and wounded in Kyiv in what Ukrainian police say was an assassination attempt.

Russia Lifts Restrictions On Turkish Food Imports

Russia has lifted restrictions on the import of several foods from Turkey, the latest move to mend relations that were badly damaged when Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane in 2015 .

Navalny Challenges Moscow Authorities' Refusal To Allow Protest In City Center

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is pushing back against Moscow authorities' proposal that he hold a protest planned for June 12 at a location outside the city center.

Verdict In Moscow-Based Ukrainian Library Director's Hate-Crime Trial Postponed

A Moscow court has postponed the verdict in the trial of Natalya Sharina, a librarian who is charged with inciting hatred in a case that is steeped in the confrontation between Moscow and Kyiv and has been denounced by rights activists.

Court Orders Release Of Russian Activist From Psychiatric Clinic

A Russian court has ordered the release of an activist who was forcibly committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2015 after making online calls for the establishment of a "Urals people's republic."

Outgoing Macedonian Health Minister Shot At In Skopje

Authorities in Macedonia say that outgoing health minister Nikola Todorov was shot at on June 1 in front of the ministry building.

Russia Uses Iskander Tactical Balistic Missiles In Tajikistan

Russia says it has used its Iskander-M tactical ballistic-missile systems during military exercises in Tajikistan.

The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Uzbek Sculptor Ilhom Jabbarov

Authorities in Uzbekistan have selected an artist to create a sculpture of the late former President Islam Karimov.

POLL: Kadyrov Enjoys Growing Favorability Among Russians

A recent, national Levada Center poll shows that 14 percent of respondents respect the Chechen leader, 11 percent “definitely” trust him, 38 percent are inclined to trust him, and 31 percent believe his appointment in 2007 led to “Chechnya’s appeasement.” Ten percent of respondents expressed respect for Kadyrov in 2016. (in Russian, Kavkaz Realities website)

MOST READ/RUSSIA: Russia And A Return To The European Tandem

In comments to RFE/RL about the recent meeting of the French and Russian presidents at the Versailles palace, Czech EU analyst Libor Roucek said that “France with Macron wants to be more active on the world stage,” and seeks a return to “the traditional French-German tandem” allowing a larger European role in foreign affairs generally, and in relation to Russia. (over 50K views on Russian Service website)

POLYGRAPH.Info: Gazprom CEO Touts Russian Gas Giant As Reliable Supplier

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