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VISUAL REPORTS

Colonel In Ukrainian Military Intelligence Killed In Kyiv Car Bombing

A colonel in Ukraine’s armed forces has been killed in a car bombing in Kyiv that authorities are investigating as a "terrorist attack."

Trash Engulfs Ukrainian City

Lviv is one of Ukraine's most popular tourist destinations. But catastrophic waste management threatens to bury some streets and outskirts under heaps of trash.

Serbs In Kosovo Celebrate St. Vitus's Day

Serbs in Kosovo gathered in Gazimestan to mark St. Vitus's Day. Many Serbs still claim Kosovo as part of Serbia, and the ceremony has been a focal point for nationalists.

'I Got Several Bullets': RFE/RL Journalist Recalls Tajik Civil War

Twenty years after the end of Tajikistan's civil war, Iskander Aliev of RFE/RL's Tajik Service recalls being hit by gunfire on the first day -- and reflects on the legacy of a conflict that shaped his country's post-Soviet era.

OTHER NEWS

Pentagon Report: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia

Kremlin leaders believe the United States wants regime change in Russia, a U.S. defense intelligence report says.

Deliberations Resume In Case Of Accused Nemtsov Killers

Jurors in the trial of five men charged in connection with the 2015 killing of Russian opposition politician and former First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov began a third day of deliberations on June 29.

Noted Russian Defense Lawyer Balks At Law School Tribute To Stalin

Prominent Russian defense attorney and legal scholar Genri Reznik has resigned from the faculty of the Moscow State Law Academy to protest the installation there of a plaque commemorating a 1924 speech by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Russian Oil Giant Rosneft Says Hit By Cyberattack

Russian oil giant Rosneft says a "powerful" hacking attack has been carried out against its servers.

Telegram Messenger To Be Registered As Information Distributor In Russia

Russia’s telecommunications regulator says the Telegram Messenger app has provided all the data required to be registered as an information distributor in Russia.

Ukraine 'Ground Zero' For Hackers In Global Cyberattacks

Ukraine’s heavy reliance on Russian technology impairs its ability to defend against cyberattacks such as the Petya virus ravaging computers around the world, and has helped make the country ground zero in the global cyberwar.

Kyiv Court To Hold Hearing In Yanukovych Treason Case

A hearing was rescheduled for June 29, after Judge Vladyslav Devyatko decided to adjourn the case on June 26 after former President Viktor Yanukovych, who is in Russia, did not show up in the courtroom.

Ukraine To Be Fined For Banning Russian Eurovision Performer

The European Broadcasting Union announced on June 29 it will penalize Ukraine for refusing to admit Russian singer Yulia Samoilova into the country to participate in the Eurovision song contest. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Belarus Releases Activists Charged In Connection With March Protests

Four activists who were charged with preparing mass disturbances in Belarus have been released from custody by authorities in Minsk, a day after three others facing similar charges were freed.

Arbitration Court To Deliver Ruling On Slovenia-Croatia Border Dispute

An international arbitration court is set to rule on June 29 on a long-standing border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia -- two former Yugoslav republics that are now EU and NATO member states.

Court In Czech Republic Closes Ukrainian Separatist Mission In Ostrava

A court in the Czech city of Ostrava has shut down the representative office of Russia-backed separatists from the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk.

THE POWER VERTICAL: We're All Russia's Neighbors Now

It's a good idea to pay very close attention to what Russia does to its neighbors, because it often foreshadows things Moscow will later try out farther to the West.

BLOGGING THE BALKANS: Is The Power Of The Kosovo Myth Fading?

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: Kyrgyz President Wants Second Russian Base

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: The Many Agents Of Tajikistan’s Path To Peace

COMMENTARY: Russia’s Stalinist Relapse

The Levada Center’s Lev Gudkov spoke to RFE/RL about his latest poll, which shows a majority of Russians ranking Joseph Stalin as the world’s most distinguished historical person, followed by Vladimir Putin and Alexander Pushkin. Gudkov said the results are not surprising, as President Vladimir Putin has sought to celebrate the Soviet system as part of an effort to promote “the correctness of centralized power, the vertical structure of society, and the irresponsibility of the authorities to the population.” Gudkov said “we are dealing with a relapse and either imitation or real return to totalitarian days.” (Russian Service)

POLL: Ten Percent Of Russians Can’t Afford Food

A poll by Russia’s Center for the Study of Public Opinion finds that poverty in Russia is at an eight-year peak, with 10 percent of respondents reporting difficulty buying food and 29 percent having barely enough money to buy clothes. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

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