Doctors have warned Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who is on a hunger strike while serving a 20-year sentence on terrorism charges in a Russian prison colony, that he will be force-fed if his vital organs start to fail.
Respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow were divided in their views. Several said “we don’t exchange prisoners”; two cited Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, saying it depends on who they are; one said it is a matter for politicians to decide. (Russian Service)
Karlen Aslanyan reported from Yerevan on the April-May protests in Armenia that transformed the country. RFE/RL’s Armenian Service’s live-streams attracted more than 300 million views on Facebook and over 200 million views on YouTube.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signaled a willingness to repair ties with the European Union ahead of a visit to Austria, his first trip to a Western European country since his reelection earlier this year.
Russian military ships are detaining and inspecting ships sailing to Ukraine’s Mariupol and Berdyansk ports, threatening what experts say is the potential “extinction” of civilian seafaring and the local fishing industry in the Azov Sea. (Ukrainian Service, Donbas Realities)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the indictment by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close Putin associate and billionaire owner of a St. Petersburg “troll factory,” for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Putin scoffed at the idea that someone described as his chef could sway U.S. voters.
A new regulation in Russia authorizes the imposition of fines on persons and search engines that reference banned websites in Russia. The fines range from $8,000 to $11,200 for companies, from $48 to $80 for individuals who post links to banned sites, and from $482 to $804 for officials. (Russian Service)
A court in the Netherlands has accepted a request by Ukraine’s state gas company Naftogaz to seize Gazprom shares in seven Dutch subsidiaries. The move is part of an effort by Ukraine to recover $2.6 billion that it has been awarded by the Stockholm Arbitration court, but which Gazprom refuses to pay. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Journalism watchdogs have strongly condemned the 12-year prison sentence given to Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko by a Moscow court after it convicted him of spying. His lawyer, Mark Feigin, says the case is politically motivated and would be appealed.
Nikolai Andrushchenko, a prominent Russian journalist who reported on corruption in St. Petersburg, was among 18 journalists commemorated at a June 4 ceremony at the Newseum in Washington for being killed while pursuing their work. Andrushchenko, 73, who died after a brutal beating, was honored along with Daphne Caruna Galizia, 53, a Maltese investigative journalist who was killed by a car bomb last year.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and protest leader Zaza Saralidze met for talks after four days of demonstrations in central Tbilisi by angry citizens who say justice has not been done following the stabbing deaths of two teenagers in a brawl in December. Saralidze set June 10 as the deadline for progress in the investigation.
Zaza Saralidze has vaulted to the forefront of a wave of discontent among ordinary Georgians who are fed up with what they see as a justice system corrupted by, and for, the country’s elites.
Tbilisi subway workers continued to strike for higher wages for a second day, as the leader of antigovernment protests in the Georgian capital vowed to fight on against the country's ruling elite.
Kyrgyz authorities have punished more than 20 police officers over the brutal killing of a 20-year-old woman by a man who abducted her as part of a long-standing but illegal local practice known as "bride kidnapping."