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INFOGRAPHIC: Soviet Space Dogs: A Tribute To Canine Cosmonauts

INFOGRAPHIC: Soviet Space Dogs: A Tribute To Canine Cosmonauts

The Soviets launched a total of 48 canine cosmonauts. Twenty died paving the way for humankind.

VISUAL REPORTS

Zimorodok’s Protest Art

A Russian artist who goes by the pseudonym Zimorodok creates collages that combine famous works of art with shots of riot police detaining demonstrators at recent unsanctioned election-related rallies. “You have to react somehow,” he said, of the hundreds of detentions that have occurred since mid-July.

The Hill Of Crosses: Lithuanians Kept The Faith After Generations Of Destruction

Christian pilgrims have been coming to a sacred hill in northern Lithuania to leave crucifixes of various sizes since 1863. It's been an act of faith and, often, political defiance.

Women's Soccer Kicks Off In Rural Kyrgyzstan

Women's soccer has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years -- and has now arrived in rural Kyrgyzstan.

PHOTOGALLERY: Loose Cannons: Russian Kuriles Expedition Uncovers Japanese Weapons

Explorers on the disputed Kurile Islands have uncovered heavy guns and piles of explosives left in the jungle after World War II.

OTHER NEWS

Bolton Arrives In Ukraine To 'Underscore U.S. Support'

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has arrived in Kyiv, the first visit to Ukraine by a top U.S. official since the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in April.

Trump Would 'Certainly' Invite Putin To Next Year's G7 Summit

U.S. President Donald Trump on August 26 reiterated that he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin when the United States hosts the G7 summit of the world's largest economies next year.

U.S. Senator Says He Was Denied Russian Visa

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, says that Russia has denied him a visa to visit as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation.

Macron Announces Major Ukraine Peace Summit In September

At the conclusion of the G7 summit in the southwestern French resort of Biarritz, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France would hold talks next month aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Norwegian Expert Says Explosion At Russian Military Base Was Likely Nuclear Reactor

A Norwegian nuclear safety expert says the fact that barium, strontium, and lanthanum isotopes were released at a northern Russian military base indicates a nuclear reactor exploded, not a fuel source for a rocket engine or a missile, as Moscow has claimed.

European Court Condemns Russia Over Magnitsky Death In Custody

In a unanimous August 27 ruling, a panel of seven judges serving on the European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia for "multiple violations" committed against Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer who died in custody in 2009.

Court Puts Navalny Team Leader On St. Petersburg Municipal Ballot

A St. Petersburg city court ruled on August 26 that Aleksandr Shurshev, the head of the local chapter of Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, and another candidate, journalist Maksim Kuzakhmetov, must be reregistered for forthcoming municipal elections after being removed from the list through an earlier court order.

Capsule Carrying Russia's Humanoid FEDOR Docks At ISS

A second attempt to dock a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian humanoid robot to the International Space Station has been successful, NASA said in a blog.

Roscosmos Announces Research Tender For Moon Launch

Russia’s aeronautical giant Roscosmos has announced a $5.6 million tender for research to support a mission to the moon in 2021. The agency is planning a moon landing in 2030. (Russian Service)

Romania's Ruling Leftist Party Loses Majority After Junior Partner Quits

Romania's ruling Social Democrats lost a parliamentary majority on August 26 after a junior party pulled out following its leader's failure to become the governing coalition's presidential candidate.

People In Turkmenistan Detained For Standing At ATMs

Police in Turkmenistan's eastern Lebap province are detaining people who are standing in long lines at ATMs to try to get money amid cash shortages. RFE/RL correspondents in the region are reporting that those detained have been released after being instructed not to stand in lines at the cash machines.

Uzbek Men Reportedly Detained, Forced To Shave Beards

Uzbek security officials have come under fire after allegedly detaining dozens of men at a local market in Tashkent and bringing them to a police precinct to shave their beards before releasing them.

Kazakh Activists Demand Release Of Political Prisoners

Activists in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan on August 26 held solitary protests that began last month demanding the release of political prisoners, including Mukhtar Dzhakishev, former president of the national company Kazatomprom, dissident poet Aron Atabek, and many others. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

OBITUARY: Akbar Ayazi, Former RFE/RL Afghan Service Director

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