COVID-19: New Death Reported In Russia; New Restrictions In Effect In Ukraine.

The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 27,700 with almost 600,000 infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness. Here's a roundup of developments in RFE/RL's broadcast countries.

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Russian vote to extend Putin’s rule until 2036 set for July 1st.

Speaking during a live video call with top officials, Putin said the pace of Russia's coronavirus outbreak has slowed down, allowing the nation to safely hold the vote.

Judge Bars Kyrgyz Ex-President From Attending His Own Trial.

A judge in Bishkek has barred former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev from being present at his high-profile trial after the ex-leader of the Central Asian nation refused to sit together with other defendants in the courtroom’s caged area.

Putin Sets July 1 As Date For Constitutional Vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set July 1 as the date for Russians to vote on constitutional changes that make it possible for him to remain in power until 2036.

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Lukashenka Warns No 'Maidan' Following Mass Rallies Supporting Opposition.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has openly warned that there will be no "Maidan" following mass rallies in Minsk and other towns and cities supporting potential opposition presidential candidates.

Kyiv's Metro bridge blocked over bomb threat

The potential bomber hasn't been identified yet.

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