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Independent Experts Prevented From Evaluating Mental Health Of Shaman Seeking To Drive Putin Out.

The Supreme Court of the Siberian region of Yakutia has excluded independent experts from taking part in evaluation of the mental health of a local shaman, who gained notoriety for claiming to have a plan to remove Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Prosecutor Seeks Stiff Sentence For Russian Journalist For 'Justifying Terrorism'.

The prosecutor in the western Russian city of Pskov has asked a court to sentence journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva to six years in prison for "justifying terrorism" in a commentary she wrote that linked a suicide bombing with the country's political...

Moscow Election Official With Coronavirus Reportedly Worked On Voting Day.

A member of a district election commission in Moscow says the chairwoman of the district worked when Russians voted for constitutional amendments even though she had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Prominent Russian Expert On Mercenary Groups Convicted Of Treason.

The St. Petersburg City Court has sentenced military analyst Vladimir Neyelov to seven years in prison after convicting him of treason.

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Belarusian Vlogger Gets Another 15 Days In Jail As He Awaits Criminal Charges.

Syarhey Tsikhanouski, a jailed Belarusian vlogger who is seeking to take part in an August presidential election and facing criminal charges, has been sentenced to additional 15 days in jail on a charge of "disobeying the police."

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U.S. Ambassador Says Moscow Likely To Meddle In Georgian Elections

U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has warned that Russia will likely try to interfere in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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COVID-19: Austria Cautions Against Balkans Travel Amid Rise In Cases.

Here's a roundup of COVID-19 developments in RFE/RL's broadcast regions.

Latvia Bans Russia's RT TV Over EU-Sanctioned Chief.

Latvia has banned Russia's RT television channels from being distributed on its territory because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state TV network, Dmitry Kiselyov.

In Rare Move, Belarusian Court Cancels Death Sentence In High-Profile Case.

Belarus's Supreme Court has upheld the appeal of a death-row inmate and annulled his sentence in a murder case, a very rare move in the tightly controlled state led by autocratic President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Investigation Launched Into Allegations Russian Police Broke Journalist's Arm At Polling Station.

Russian investigators have launched a preliminary probe into allegations that two police officers broke a journalist's arm at a polling station in St. Petersburg during a vote to change the constitution.

COVID-19: Spike In Central Asia Prompts Renewed Restrictions.

Here's a roundup of COVID-19 developments in RFE/RL's broadcast regions.

Taliban Reaffirms Commitment To U.S. Deal In Call With Pompeo

The Taliban says it has held a video conference call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during which the militant group reaffirmed its commitment to the peace process in Afghanistan.

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Iranian Journalist Sentenced To Death For Role In Protests.

An Iranian journalist whose online work helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017 has been sentenced to death for his actions.

Kyrgyz President Urged To Reject Bill On 'False' Information Online.

Journalists, rights activists, and media-freedom groups in Kyrgyzstan and abroad are urging President Sooronbai Jeenbekov to reject new legislation that they say would curtail press freedom in that post-Soviet republic.

Tajikistan's Official Coronavirus Stats Don't Reflect Reality, RFE/RL Investigation Finds.

An investigation by RFE/RL indicates that Tajikistan's official death toll from COVID-19 doesn't reflect the reality and is significantly lower than the data published by local activists.

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COVID-19: Kyrgyzstan Won't Reimpose State Of Emergency.

Here's a roundup of COVID-19 developments in RFE/RL's broadcast regions.


Clooney Foundation To Monitor Russian Journalist's Trial For 'Justifying Terrorism'.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ), a human rights watchdog founded by Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife, Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Clooney, will be monitoring the high-profile trial of Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva, who...

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Son Of Soviet Leader Khrushchev Dies In U.S. At Age 84

Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, has died in the United States, where he had lived for almost three decades.

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Bail Denied For Ukrainian Official Suspected In Fatal Acid Attack.

A court in Kyiv has sent the head of the regional council in Kherson to pretrial detention under suspicion of ordering a deadly attack on anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk in 2018.

Azerbaijanis Arrested In Russia's Daghestan After Clashes With Police At Border.

Dozens of Azerbaijani citizens have been arrested in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan after hundreds of Azerbaijani men stuck near the Russian-Azerbaijani border clashed with local police.

Predawn Raid By Taliban On Checkpoint Kills At Least 12 Afghan Soldiers.

Afghan officials say Taliban militants have killed at least a dozen security personnel in an early morning raid on a checkpoint in the north.

Former Ukrainian Paramilitary Leader Put Under House Arrest Amid Violent Protests.

A court in Kyiv has placed under house arrest the controversial former leader of a far-right Ukrainian paramilitary group suspected of premeditated murder and possession of an illegal bladed weapon in the killing of a man he claims was self-defense.

Local Ukrainian Official Reportedly Detained In Handzyuk Killing.

Ukrainian Security Service officers have reportedly detained the head of the regional council in Kherson and are bringing him to Kyiv, where his pretrial arrest will be decided in a case where he is suspected of ordering a deadly attack on anti-co...

Another Russian Researcher Charged With High Treason.

The Russian authorities have charged the president of the St. Petersburg-based Arctic Academy, Valery Mitko, with high treason in an ongoing spate of similar investigations targeting Russian academics.

Dozens Arrested During Opposition Protests Outside Armenian Security Service.

Armenian police have arrested more than 90 protesters in Yerevan after National Security Service (HAAT) officers searched the home and office of an opposition leader over alleged economic crimes.

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