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THE POWER VERTICAL: One Man’s Terrorist

Ask a Russian official what a terrorist is, and you’re likely to get an interesting answer.

Navalny Sentenced To 30 Days Behind Bars

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days in prison after being charged and found guilty of repeatedly violating rules relating to the organization of public rallies, and disobeying a police officer." (Russian Service)

Scuffles and Detentions At Russian Protests

More than 1500 people were detained at nationwide anticorruption protests organized by Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who was himself arrested before even leaving his apartment building.

Georgian Drug Laws Under Fire After Rappers Arrested

Georgia's prime minister has promised to relax his country’s drug laws following protests against the arrest of two popular rappers.


Russia Criticized For Detaining More Than 1,500 Anticorruption Protesters

The United States, the European Union, and human rights groups have condemned the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters across Russia.

UN Says Ukraine Conflict Escalating Amid Cease-Fire Violations

A United Nations report says hostilities have been escalating in eastern Ukraine in recent months because parties to the armed conflict there have "repeatedly failed to implement cease-fire agreements."

Researchers Say Major Power Grids Vulnerable To Russian Hackers

Hackers believed to be allied with the Russian government have devised a cyberweapon that has the potential to disrupt the world's electrical systems.

Pskov Introduces Patriotic Education In Schools

Russian nationalist leader Alexander Prokhanov is the author of a new “patriotic curriculum” that schools in the northwestern Pskov region will introduce this fall. According to Prokhanov, the curriculum’s major topics, World War II, “the Republic of Crimea,” and Arctic exploration, have been chosen to “awaken historical and genetic memory in kids,” and provide examples of Russian victories and Russian pioneers. (Russian Service)

Chechen Man Convicted In Politkovskaya’s Murder Dies In Prison

Relatives of a Chechen man convicted of organizing the 2006 murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya say he has died in prison.

Ukraine's Embassy In Kazakhstan Irked By Maps Showing Crimea As Russia

Ukraine's Kazakh Embassy has lodged a protest over maps near an international energy exposition in Astana that show Ukraine's occupied Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia.

Ukraine Bans Russian St. George Ribbon

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law banning the St. George ribbon, which is seen by many Ukrainians as symbol of Russian aggression.

OSCE Hails 'Orderly' Kosovo Election Process; EU Calls For Swift Formation Of Government

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says Kosovo's snap parliamentary elections were held in an "orderly" manner and took place "without major irregularities or incidents."

Tajik President Gives Rank Of State Justice Counselor To Daughter

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has given the rank of state justice counselor to his daughter Ozoda Rahmon, the head of the presidential administration.

Son Of Tajik IS Commander Accused Of Mercenarism

Tajikistan’s prosecutor’s office has brought a criminal case against Behruz Gulmurod, the son of former Tajik special forces Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, who became a senior commander with the Islamic State (IS) militant group in 2015.The younger Gulmurod, who has allegedly had contact with IS, is reportedly accused of “mercenary” crimes. (in Russian, Tajik Service)

SCHEMES: Ukraine Security Service Responds To Disclosures About Luxury Cars

Ukraine’s Security Service has announced it has begun an internal review following a report by RFE/RL’s investigative program Schemes that disclosed that members of the Service’s counterintelligence unit owned luxury cars whose cost far exceeded the salaries earned by civil servants. (Ukrainian Service)

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