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Trial Of 'Bullied' Russian Conscript Charged With Murdering Eight Opens.

The trial of Russian Army Private Ramil Shamsutdinov, who is accused of murdering eight fellow servicemen last year in what he claims was the result of his brutal hazing, has begun in the Siberian city of Chita.

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Belarusian Opposition Leader Kalesnikava's Detention Extended.

The Minsk city court has upheld the extension of the pretrial detention of Maryya Kalesnikava, an opposition leader who is facing national-security charges.

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Eleven Former Russian Prison Guards Convicted Of Inmate Torture In High-Profile Case.

Eleven former prison guards in the Russian city of Yaroslavl have been convicted and handed prison terms in a high-profile case on inmate torture.

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Kazakh Court Upholds Decision To Place Blogger In Psychiatric Clinic.

A Kazakh court has upheld a decision to place a journalist and blogger accused of being involved in the activities of a banned organization in a psychiatric clinic.

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Bullied Conscript Who Killed Eight Soldiers In Siberia Set For Trial.

A court in the Russian city of Chita in Siberia has set November 23 as the date for the trial of conscript Private Ramil Shamsutdinov, who is accused of shooting dead eight fellow servicemen last year in what he claims was a result of brutal hazing.

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Trial Set For 'Bullied' Conscript Who Confessed To Killing Eight Soldiers In Siberia.

A court in the Russian city of Chita in Siberia has set November 23 as the date for the trial of conscript Private Ramil Shamsutdinov, who is accused of shooting dead eight fellow servicemen last year in what he claims was a result of brutal hazing.

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Elderly in Belarus Demand Justice For Slain Anti-Government Protester.

Demonstrators have marched in the Belarusian capital to demand the resignation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, a day after hundreds of people were detained by security forces in the latest crackdown on protest against a disputed presidential election.

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Charges Against Kazakh Journalist Dropped Without Explanation.

The Kazakh authorities have dropped charges against a well-known journalist accused of breaking the law on public gatherings.

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Leaked Audio, Testimony Find Journalists At Hungarian State Broadcaster Instructed On News Coverage.

An investigation by RFE/RL has found journalists at Hungary's public broadcaster faced pressure leading up to European Parliament elections in 2019, including orders to push, among other things, an anti-migrant narrative, a key issue of the govern...

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Russia Cancels House Arrest Of U.S. Investor Calvey, Other Suspects In Embezzlement Case

Russia's Supreme Court has eased the detention terms for U.S. investor Michael Calvey and six others from house arrest to a restriction on "certain activities."

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Iran Arrests Separatist Leader Accused Of Deadly Attack On Military Parade.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry has confirmed the arrest of a separatist group leader allegedly involved in a deadly attack during a military parade in 2018.

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Noted Belarusian Journalist Gets 15 Days In Jail For Covering Anti-Lukashenka Rally.

Noted Belarusian journalist Aleh Hruzdzilovich has been sentenced to 15 days in jail over covering one of the ongoing mass rallies demanding Alyaksandr Lukashenka's resignation.

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Siberian Court Orders Falun Gong Movement Banned

A Siberian regional court has banned Falun Gong, the Chinese spiritual movement that China's Communist Party has sought to stamp out since the late 1990s.

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Budapest Art Students End Sit-In As Hungary Goes Into Coronavirus Lockdown.

Hungary has announced a partial lockdown as a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections has prompted right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban to move away from his previous policy of avoiding serious restrictions to protect the economy.

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Georgian Police Use Water Cannons To Disperse Election Protest.

Police have used water cannons outside Georgia's Central Election Commission office to disperse protesters who were demanding the resignation of the commission head and new parliamentary elections.

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Aliyev Says Azerbaijan Took Control Of Key Stronghold In Nagorno-Karabakh.

President Ilham Aliyev says Azerbaijan's forces have taken Shushi(known as Susa in Azeri), the second-largest city in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, while Armenian officials say fighting continues in the city.

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Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Flares Up As Azerbaijan Says Key City Captured.

President Ilham Aliyev says Azerbaijan's forces have taken Shushi(known as Susa in Azeri), the second-largest city in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, while Armenian officials say fighting continues in the city.

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Lukashenka Says Belarus To Become 'Nuclear Power' At Power Plant Opening.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has officially opened the first and only nuclear power plant in Belarus, boasting the Eastern European country "will become a nuclear power."

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Armenia Considers Tripling Compulsory Payments To Army Insurance Fund.

Armenia's Ministry of Defense has proposed tripling the amount of money working Armenians pay to a special fund set up for compensation paid to the families of soldiers killed or seriously wounded in war.

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Bailiffs Search Headquarters Of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation In Moscow.

Officers of Russia's Federal Bailiffs Service(FSSP)have searched the premises of outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation(FBK)in Moscow.

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Dozens Of Russian Nationalists Stage Anti-Putin March In Siberia.

Supporters of Russian nationalist groups have gathered in a Siberian city to protest against President Vladimir Putin as the country marked the annual National Unity Day holiday.

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EU Agrees To Extend Sanctions To Lukashenka, 14 Others Over Crackdown In Belarus.

European Union member states have agreed to slap sanctions on Alyaksandr Lukashenka, along with 14 other Belarusian officials, in response to a brutal crackdown on postelection protests.

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Ukrainian Ex-Fighter Acquitted In 2014 Killing Of Italian Journalist Returns To Kyiv.

A Ukrainian-Italian dual citizen whose conviction by an Italian court over the death of an Italian journalist during Ukraine's war with Russian-backed separatists has returned to Kyiv after having his sentence overturned.

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War Crimes Prosecutors, EU Mission Target Kosovar Ex-President In Pristina Operation.

Prosecutors for The Hague-based war crimes investigators are carrying out special operations in the Kosovar capital that began early on November 4 in cooperation with local police and the EU's rule-of-law mission.

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War Crimes Prosecutors, EU Mission Detain Former Kosovar Parliament Speaker.

The Hague-based war crimes prosecutors in cooperation with local police and the EU's rule-of-law mission have arrested a former guerrilla leader and ex-speaker of Kosovo's parliament during a special operation that began before dawn in Pristina.

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