Members of a Russian socio-military group who call themselves Cossacks have been using their nagaikas to whip up a storm of controversy lately. The origins -- and the intentions -- of these neo-Cossacks are being hotly debated.
State funeral ceremonies were held on June 10 in Pristina for Fadil Vokrri, 57, the head of Kosovo's Football Federation, who died on June 8 after a heart attack.
Eight Russians who demonstrated in Moscow in 1968 against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and who were punished for their protest by being dispatched to labor camps and psychiatric hospitals, have been honored by the Czech Republic.
RFE/RL’s Brussels correspondent reports that members of the European Parliament plan to include a section in a resolution on human rights in Russia, tabled for June 14, calling for a diplomatic boycott of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. (Russian Service)
In response to reporters’ questions during a summit in Qingdao, China, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated that back-channel talks were being held on the possible exchange of prisoners with Ukraine, which could involve the release of dozens of prisoners just days ahead of the start of the soccer World Cup in Russia this week.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine are scheduled to meet in Berlin on June 11 to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The issue of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission in the conflict zone is expected to be discussed.
No fewer than 1,700 demonstrators gathered on Moscow’s Sakharov Avenue on June 10, two days ahead of that national holiday Russia Day, to protest against mass violations of human rights in Russia and to call for the release of political prisoners.
Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service has asked a Moscow court to extend by one year the five-year suspended prison sentence that opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is currently serving on an embezzlement conviction in the so-called Kirovles case.
The editor in chief of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, Nikolai Uskov, has been fired, he says, for participating in a program on the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
Russian media reports that the National Intellectual Development fund, which is associated with Moscow State University under the brand name “Innopraktika” and is led by the alleged daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin Ekaterina Tikhonova, has received a contract for approx. $5.6 million from the majority state-owned company Rosneft, run by close Putin ally Igor Sechin. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
After spending billions of rubles to build a subway system over more than 25 years, the Siberian city Omsk, with more than 1 million residents and one station completed, has called it quits.
A sign honoring slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov now stands near the Russian Embassy in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Dozens of residents and representatives of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats party attended the ceremony for the unveiling of the Boris Nemtsov Square sign on June 9.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Europe and elsewhere for gay pride rallies to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, with marchers assailing all types of discrimination.
Tajikistan is set to take strict new measures to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases that many believe have been brought to the country primarily by labor migrants returning from Russia. One new measure involves setting up medical booths at entry points, including airports, to administer blood tests.
Former presidential candidate and socialite Ksenia Sobchak will present to a Moscow audience on June 12 her documentary, “The Sobchak Case,” about her father, former St. Petersburg mayor Anatoly Sobchak, an early patron of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the film, numerous people who knew Mr. Sobchak, including Putin, talk about his life and St. Petersburg politics in the early 1990’s. (over 91k views in Russian Service website)