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Serbia Receives 10 Russian Armored Vehicles

July 29, 2019           |                                       

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic inspected a shipment of 10 armored vehicles donated to his country by Russia on July 29. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/serbia-receives-russia-armor/30081750.html

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U.S. Relative Of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Sues Treasury Department

July 2, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — The U.S. cousin of Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg is suing the U.S. Treasury Department for seizing his assets worth millions of dollars. Andrew Intrater, who facilitated his wealthy Russian relative’s attendance at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, accused the government of violating his right against unreasonable seizures, according to a complaint filed on July […]

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The Onion Domes And Towers Of Pskov Vie For UNESCO Heritage

June 28, 2019           |                                       

Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia and several of its historic buildings survived the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution when many churches were destroyed. Now Pskov hopes UNESCO will acknowledge its unique architectural history by including its medieval center on the latest World Heritage List. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/nothing-to-pskov-at/30026272.html

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Transgender Russian Seeks Freedom In Spain

June 6, 2019           |                                       

Francis Savinovskikh made headlines in Russia when the authorities took two foster children away, citing concerns that their upbringing was not “traditional.” At the time, Savinovskikh had the name Yulia and didn’t accept being a man. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-spain-transgender/29984995.html

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Pentagon Official: Purchase Of Russian Missile System ‘Devastating’ For Turkey

May 30, 2019           |                                       

A top Pentagon official has again warned Turkey about the consequences of purchasing a missile-defense system from Russia, turning up the pressure despite Ankara’s stated determination to go through with the deal. Kathryn Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, on May 30 said the purchase of the S-400 missile system […]

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The next UK prime minister inherits a divided nation, a reduced standing in the world and one of the worst periods in U.K.-Russian relations, writes Johanna Ross. By Johanna Ross InfoRos UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s political career officially ended in tears last Friday, as the woman who declared that she would provide “strong and […]

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France, Germany Call For Resumed Ukraine Peace Talks During Visit To Kyiv

May 30, 2019           |                                       

France and Germany are seeking the resumption of stalled peace talks for the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Western nations’ foreign ministers say. Germany’s Heiko Maas and France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian made the comments on May 30 after what they called an “exceptionally good discussion” in Kyiv with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. France […]

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The next UK prime minister inherits a divided nation, a reduced standing in the world and one of the worst periods in U.K.-Russian relations, writes Johanna Ross. By Johanna Ross InfoRos U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s political career officially ended in tears on Friday, as the woman who declared that she would provide “strong and […]

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Russian Rights Group Says Golos Activist Is A Political Prisoner

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s Memorial human rights center says a detained board member of the independent Golos (Voice) election-monitoring group is a political prisoner. In a statement on May 30, the Moscow-based watchdog called on the authorities to immediately release Roman Udot from house arrest, saying that the case against him was politically motivated. Udot was arrested last […]

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Trump Says Russia Helped Him Win Election, But Then Reverses Himself

May 30, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Russia helped him win the 2016 election, a comment that contradicted months of angry denials. Trump made the remark in a tweet on May 30, but reversed himself not long after when pressed by reporters. The U.S. president has repeatedly denied that Russian interference helped enable […]

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U.S., Russian Diplomats Discuss Ways For Syria To Rejoin 'International Community'

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are considering measures that could eventually allow Syria “to move back into the international community” if it agrees to a series of steps to help end the country’s long civil war. Jim Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement, on May 29 told reporters following a closed-door UN Security […]

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U.S. Believes Russia Conducting Low-Level Nuclear Tests

May 29, 2019           |                                       

With no evidence to support the allegations, US DIA officials are accusing Russia of potentially having the capability of violating the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Russia ratified this treaty in 2000, and the US has never done so. There is a global system that would immediately detect a nuclear test, which led Russian MP […]

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A Partial To-Do List For Ukraine's President-Elect

April 22, 2019           |                                       

Ukraine’s presidential election — and all the drama, mudslinging, and accusations between Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskiy that went with it — is over. Now it’s time to get back to governing, and there are a number of issues demanding attention from President-elect Zelenskiy, a political newbie with a billowing popular mandate but virtually no […]

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