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VISUAL REPORTS

THE POWER VERTICAL: Why Russia Fears Canada’s S-226

The Kremlin is threatened by Canada’s so-called Sergei Magnitsky Act.

Putin Hopes New U.S. Ambassador To Russia Can Improve Ties

Meeting U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman at a Kremlin ceremony on October 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped the new envoy’s arrival will improve badly strained bilateral relations.

Is Russia Extracting Ukrainian Gas?

Ukraine claims Russia is violating international law by drilling illegally within Ukraine's exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea.

Soviet Cars Clog Baku Streets -- And Air

Old Soviet and Russian cars are commonplace in the Azerbaijani capital -- and so is pollution from vehicles that don't meet modern standards.

OTHER NEWS

Russia Accuses U.S. Of Helping Islamic State In Syria

The Defense Ministry made the accusation on October 4 as Russian-backed Syrian government forces and fighters backed by the United States are racing to capture territory from the IS extremist group.

Putin Still Undecided Whether To Seek Reelection

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is widely expected to seek and easily secure his fourth term as president, suggested on October 4 that he will announce a decision by early December.

Navalny Calls For Nationwide Protests Despite Kremlin's Warning

Jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has called on Russians nationwide to protest on President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday on October 7, despite a Kremlin warning that organizers of unsanctioned public gatherings will face prosecution.

3 Russian Businessmen File Second Lawsuit Relating To 'Steele Dossier'

Three powerful Russian businessmen who control the country’s largest commercial bank have filed the second of two defamation lawsuits in connection with a salacious intelligence report involving President Donald Trump.

EBRD To Shut Five Russian Offices In 2018 Amid Ban On Lending

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development says it will shut five of its seven offices in Russia next year, as the London-based lender pursues a ban on new investment loans in the country.

Spanish Court OKs Extradition Of Russian Hacker To U.S.

Spain’s high court has authorized the extradition of a Russian man wanted by U.S. authorities for running a massive computer bot that sent tens of millions of spam e-mails over many years.

Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

Authorities in St. Petersburg’s Petrograd district initially refused to approve an annual rally commemorating journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed on October 7, 2006, claiming the site was reserved for another event, but they relented after the local ombudsman intervened. (Russian Service)

European Court Rules That Russia Violated Right To Free Expression

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay compensation to a human rights activist, ruling that his hate-crime conviction violated his right to freedom of expression.

Homes Of Open Russia Movement Employees Searched

The Moscow homes of several employees of a civic movement established by exiled former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky have been searched by Russian police.

Flat-Earth Theory Wins At Russia's 'Emmy' TV Awards

Russia’s leading TV awards have triggered ridicule after a trophy for best “educational program” was handed to the host of a recent show giving credence to the theory that the Earth is flat.

Ukraine Expels Second Russian Journalist In Recent Weeks

Ukraine has expelled a Russian TV journalist whom the country's main security agency accused of delivering "deceitful, anti-Ukrainian" reports from areas in eastern Ukraine that are held by Russia-backed separatists.

Ukraine President Urged To Veto Changes To Criminal Code

Ukraine’s National Anticorruption Bureau has called on President Petro Poroshenko to veto changes to the Criminal Code, adopted by the parliament on October 3, which shorten the period for pre-trial investigations. The Bureau has said that such limitations could undermine investigations into grave crimes. (Ukrainian Service)

Fear And Speculation In Ukraine Amid Wartime Assassinations

A number of brazen assassinations and attempted murders have shaken and baffled Ukraine since the first unexplained killing, that of a prominent journalist in July 2016.

Independent Journalist Released After Nine Years In Uzbek Prison

Independent journalist Solijon Abdurahmonov has been released after more than nine years in prison in Uzbekistan.

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