Protests in Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk have continued for more than two weeks, with some 50,000 people taking to the streets on July 25 to protest the arrest on murder charges of former regional Governor Sergei Furgal. A Levada Center poll finds that 45 percent of Russian respondents support the protests, while 17 percent oppose them. Is Khabarovsk an isolated case?
Even though snail farming is relatively new in Ukraine, business is drying up. Demand for snails has plunged in key European markets like Spain and France because lockdowns were imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On July 29, a Moscow court is expected to issue its verdict in a case involving Texas resident Trevor Reed that has shaken his family and prompted speculation that the former U.S. Marine has become a pawn in a geopolitical standoff between Russia and the United States.
U.S. and Russian officials have opened three days of nuclear arms-control talks in Vienna less than a year before the 2010 New Strategic Arms Treaty (New START), covering about 90 percent of the world's atomic weapons, expires.
U.S. officials have identified three English-language websites that they say Russia is using to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. struggles to contain the outbreak. The officials have said the activity is linked to Russian intelligence services.
Russian journalist David Frenkel, whose collarbone was broken by a police officer, was fined 500 rubles ($7) after being found guilty of failing to obey police while reporting from a polling station on June 30 ahead of Russia’s July 1 constitutional referendum.
An Iranian delegation will visit Ukraine this week to discuss compensation for a Ukrainian jet shot down by Iran on January 8, the Ukrainian foreign minister has said. "There are all reasons to ask from Iran to pay the highest price for what it did," Dmytro Kuleba said at a news conference.
Belarusian police on July 28 detained at least 11 journalists near the KGB security service building in the capital, Minsk. The detentions occurred as a representative of jailed presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka filed a petition with the KGB to change the terms of his arrest. Eight were later released.
Serbia’s Finance Ministry has requested bank information since the start of 2019 from 20 individuals and 37 nongovernmental organizations and institutions known for their work on human rights, transparency, and exposing corruption, local media are reporting. Critics say the probe is a blatant attempt at intimidation by President Aleksandar Vucic’s government.
Kosovo has asked U.S. technology company Apple to correct the country’s borders on its maps. Kosovar Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj said on Twitter on July 26 that maps produced by the AppleMap Service show Kosovo as part of Serbia, "in direct contradiction of the political and legal realities."
The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the death of ethnic-Uzbek rights defender Azimjan Askarov, while in Kyrgyz custody. Askarov, a 69, died in a Bishkek prison hospital on July 25 of what Kyrgyz officials described as pneumonia.
As the coronavirus pandemic hits home in Central Asia, people are finding a lack of medicines at pharmacies, rising drug prices, and little help from governments that are scrambling to combat the disease even as they deny its impact. Also: COVID-19 Roundup: Kazakhstan Extends Lockdown For Two More Weeks.
Tajikistan's national energy company Barqi Tojik says it will impose restrictions on the supply of electricity due to a dramatic drop in water levels in a reservoir used to generate hydroelectric power. Low water levels in the Nurek reservoir have allegedly been caused by a dearth of snowfall in the mountains during the winter.
Russian President Putin’s trust level is at 23%, according to a Levada Center poll, down from 40% in 2019 and 59% in 2017. However, 60% of respondents view his performance positively and 33% regard it negatively, in comparison to 68% and 31%, respectively, in January. (Russian Service)