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    State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year
    Jun25

    State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year

    Restrictions on freedom of expression, politically-motivated prosecutions, and government discrimination against minorities were among the most significant human rights problems in Russia last year, the U.S. State Department says in its newly-released human rights report for 2014. The report, released Thursday, says Russia’s government last...

    Kenney says Canada doesn’t have the right weapons to give Ukraine’s army
    Jun25

    Kenney says Canada doesn’t have the right weapons to give Ukraine’s army

    Until now, the official reason Canada has hesitated to arm Kiev has been concern that such a move could inflame the conflict in the east of the country …read more Source: The Globe and...

    For cred, Azov Regiment looking to Canada
    Jun25

    For cred, Azov Regiment looking to Canada

    Ultra-nationalist Ukrainian fighters want Canada to burnish their image …read more Source:...

    Armenians are protesting over price hikes — and Russia’s not pleased
    Jun25

    Armenians are protesting over price hikes — and Russia’s not pleased

    Thousands in Armenia’s capital Yerevan have been protesting over a 17-22% electricity price hike coming on August 1. Things got particularly ugly over the weekend when police unleashed water cannons, and 237 protestors were arrested. (They have since been released.) Crowds have subsequently grown up to 15,000 people, and protests have...

    Azov Regiment looking to Canada for credibility
    Jun25

    Azov Regiment looking to Canada for credibility

    KYIV, Ukraine – A notorious ultra-nationalist paramilitary group in Ukraine is appealing to Canada to bestow credibility on them and burnish their image. Alexander Alferov, a spokesman for the Azov Regiment, says Canada is a “noble-minded nation” and should publicly reject the characterization of the group as neo-Nazi thugs. The comments were...

    Ultra-nationalist Ukrainian fighters want Canada to burnish their image
    Jun25

    Ultra-nationalist Ukrainian fighters want Canada to burnish their image

    KYIV, Ukraine – A notorious ultra-nationalist paramilitary group in Ukraine is appealing to Canada to bestow credibility on them and burnish their image.Alexander Alferov, a spokesman for the Azov Regiment, says Canada is a “noble-minded nation” and should publicly reject the characterization of the group as neo-Nazi thugs.The...

    Amid Threats, Latvia, Russia Should Develop ‘Good Neighborly Relations,’ Latvian President Says
    Jun25

    Amid Threats, Latvia, Russia Should Develop ‘Good Neighborly Relations,’ Latvian President Says

    Latvia and Russia should maintain a strong diplomatic relationship despite tensions over the Ukraine conflict and Latvia’s association with the NATO alliance, Latvian President Andris Berzins said Thursday. Berzins reiterated that Latvia and Russia “remain good neighbors” just days after a Russian military official said Latvia could one day...

    Russia’s former Olympic city of Sochi under water after flash floods
    Jun25

    Russia’s former Olympic city of Sochi under water after flash floods

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia’s Black Sea city of Sochi, the host of last year’s Winter Olympic Games, is being pounded by torrential rains that have caused flash floods. Local authorities are struggling to manage, as rain continues to pour down on the resort city for the second straight day, causing river levels to rise as much as 4 feet,...

    Countries, Human Rights Abuses in US Report
    Jun25

    Countries, Human Rights Abuses in US Report

    In addition to serial abusers Iran and Cuba, the State Department Human Rights report listed numerous other countries where similar behavior occurs. Here’s a look at those countries and what the State Department says they did: Middle East Syria: Massacres by government and allied militias, civilian neighborhoods bombarded, prisoner abuse,...

    Putin Cracks Down on U.S. Press Reporting Russian Involvement in Ukraine
    Jun25

    Putin Cracks Down on U.S. Press Reporting Russian Involvement in Ukraine

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry has banned U.S. investigative journalist Simon Ostrovsky from working in Russia. On June 4, it denied a press visa for Ostrovsky, an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist best known for his coverage of the Ukraine crisis for Vice News. The denial came only days after Ostrovsky contacted Russian...