Police detained several hundred people as demonstrators marched through central Moscow to maintain pressure on the authorities following the release of Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter who had been arrested on a drug charge supporters said was fabricated.
Kazakh police detained more than 100 people in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, on June 12 amid ongoing discontent following the country's June 10 presidential election.
In Russia's conservative Muslim republic of Chechnya, women have launched their own taxi service to avoid the discomfort and cultural pitfalls of riding with male drivers. An Emirates-based fund hopes the service will promote Islamic "norms and traditions."
The popularity of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl has bolstered a niche market within an online cottage industry -- the sale of Soviet-era memorabilia linked to the infamous 1986 nuclear power-plant disaster.
RFE/RL spoke with Vladislav Kulminski, executive director of the Institute for Strategic Initiatives in Chisinau, about how the crisis evolved, what's at stake, and what the future might hold.
Russia said on June 11 that it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, just days after Washington gave Ankara a deadline of July 31 to reverse the purchase or face the loss of subcontracting work on the U.S.-led F-35 fighter-jet project.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Group of 20 (G20) gathering in Japan later this month, but the Kremlin says it has “no such confirmations" about a face-to-face meeting at the summit, scheduled for June 28-29 in Osaka.
The narcotics case against Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov has been dismissed, and police have admitted that no evidence against him exists. Activists say the notorious Article 228 of Russia's Criminal Code originally brought against Golunov has become one of the authorities' preferred weapons in an ongoing war against political opponents, civil-society activists, and inconvenient journalists.
Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development has proposed fining entities and entrepreneurs that connect to foreign satellite networks, thereby bypassing Russian regulations and state-controlled stations. The proposal coincides with the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink global Internet access system, which saw the release of the first 60 mini-satellites, of 12,000 planned, in May. (Russian Service)
Over the five years of war pitting Ukrainian forces against Russia-backed fighters, the United States has provided Kyiv with hundreds of millions of dollars in military gear, and starting last year, sophisticated anti-tank missiles. Now, U.S. lawmakers are moving to up the ante again, with legislation that would authorize supplying Kyiv with surface-to-air missiles.
A court in Russia-controlled Crimea has sent eight Crimean Tatars to pretrial detention until August 5 on extremism charges. Since Russia seized the peninsula in 2014, dozens of Crimean Tatars have been prosecuted for allegedly belonging to Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Moldova's police chief has fired six officers for publicly backing a rival government amid a dramatic political standoff in this divided country. In recent days, a court declared the new cabinet led by Maia Sandu unconstitutional, dismissed President Igor Dodon, dissolved parliament, and called snap elections for September 6. Despite Dodon’s dismissal, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged him his support.
In a joint press conference with North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski in Brussels on June 12, European Council President Donald Tusk said that the EU should launch accession talks with both North Macedonia and Albania, but warned there will be no quick decision.
Kosovo is marking 20 years since NATO troops were deployed to help stop a bloody Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanian nationalists in the then-Serbian province.
The United Nations Human Rights Office has called on Kazakh authorities "to respect freedoms of peaceful assembly, expression and right to political participation" following the detention of hundreds of protesters during rallies since Kazakhstan's June 9 presidential election.