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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."

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.

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.

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.

HRW Urges Kyrgyz President To Veto Controversial Bills.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov "to uphold fundamental rights" and veto laws recently approved by parliament that "violate the country's human rights obligations."

Mystery Surrounds Death Of Kazakh Journalist

A Kazakh journalist known for his criticism of the authorities has died in hospital hours after he wrote on Facebook that doctors gave him an unknown medicine.


COVID-19 Disinformation From Russia, China More Influential Than Domestic News Sources, Study Finds.

Coronavirus disinformation published by Chinese and Russian state media outlets in France, Spain, and Germany is in some cases reaching a greater audience on social media than news coverage of the global pandemic produced by major domestic media o...

Protesters Urge Kyrgyz President To Veto Bill Seen As Impacting Free Speech Online.

Hundreds of protesters have rallied in Bishkek urging Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov to veto new legislation that they say would curtail press freedom in the Central Asian nation.

Exclusive: Records Reveal Money Trail In Kyrgyz Corruption Scandal  .

Hundreds of financial records leaked by a self-confessed money launderer at the center of a corruption scandal in Kyrgyzstan have been published, showing how hundreds of millions of dollars linked to a secretive cargo empire were funneled out of t...

Watchdog Denounces 'Full-Scale Purge' Ahead Of Belarusian Presidential Vote.

Amnesty International says the Belarusian authorities are carrying out a "full-scale purge of dissenting voices" as part of a crackdown on freedom of expression ahead of a presidential election set for August 9.

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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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Kazkah Police Detain Men Picketing Chinese Embassy Over Detained Relatives In Xinjiang.

Police have detained two men who staged separate pickets outside the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan's capital, Nur-Sultan, demanding the release of relatives being held in custody in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

U.S. Condemns Death Sentences Against Iranian Anti-Government Protesters

The United States has condemned an Iranian court’s decision to issue death sentences against three men who took part in anti-government protests last year.


Three Pakistani Police Detained After Torture Video Goes Viral.

hree police officers in northwestern Pakistan have been suspended and placed in custody over the release of a video showing them stripping and beating a man who had criticized them, officials say.

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Azerbaijani Journalist Convicted Of Hooliganism In ‘Trumped-Up’ Case.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is urging Azerbaijan to quash last week’s conviction against reporter Tezehan Miralamli, calling him the "latest victim" of the government’s practice of fabricating cases against critical journalists.

Russian-Controlled Court In Crimea Postpones Hearing Into Case Against Rights Activist.

A court in Russia-controlled Crimea has postponed a preliminary hearing in absentia against a veteran Crimean Tatar leader and prominent Soviet-era dissident who has vehemently opposed Russia's illegal annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in 2...

Tatar Activist Loses Job After Publicly Challenging Coronavirus Numbers.

An activist in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan claims he has been dismissed as head of a branch of the local government-funded World Tatar Congress in the republic's second-largest city, Naberezhnye Chelny, after publicly challenging the official m...

Three Arrested In Iran For Trying To Sell Babies Via Instagram.

Police in Tehran say three people have been arrested for attempting to sell newborn babies via the social-media site Instagram.

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Danish Jehovah's Witness Jailed In Russia Granted Early Release.

A court in southwestern Russia has granted early release to a Danish member of the Jehovah's Witnesses who had been imprisoned since 2017, the religious denomination says

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Romanian State-Run Company Boss Faces Graft Charges Over Coronavirus Mask Deal.

Romanian prosecutors have charged the head of a Romanian state-owned company with corruption over a contract to acquire medical equipment aimed at fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Whelan's Lawyer Says Client Won't Appeal Sentence, Hopes For U.

A lawyer for the former U.S. Marine convicted of espionage in Russia last week says his client will not appeal the decision because he doesn’t trust the country’s judicial system.

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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Prosecutor Seeks Six Years In Prison For Russian Director Serebrennikov.

Prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to sentence acclaimed theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov to six years in prison on embezzlement charges he denies.

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Two Defendants In Russian 'Network' Case Receive Lengthy Prison Terms.

Two Russian activists from a group known as Set (Network) have received lengthy prison terms on charges of being members of a terrorist group that planned to overthrow the country's authorities.


Founder, Two Members Of Prominent Anti-Poverty NGO Detained In Iran.

A prominent Iranian NGO that fights poverty says its founder and two other members have been detained. 


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