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    Key Players in the French Presidential Election
    Apr20

    Key Players in the French Presidential Election

    France is only a few days out from the first round of its presidential elections—a contest that could go down to the wire. The election on Sunday features several key issues of concern to French voters, among them being terrorism and the failure to assimilate immigrants into French society. This week’s foiled terror plot, planned to...

    The Kremlin Has Its Watchful Eyes Set On The French Elections
    Apr20

    The Kremlin Has Its Watchful Eyes Set On The French Elections

    Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe. Kremlin Press Office, CC BY-SAAndrey Shcherbak, Higher School of Economics, St PetersburgThe Ukrainian crisis, from the Maidan protests and the annexation of Crimea to the violent conflict in Donbass, has led to an unprecedented deterioration of relations...

    France’s elections are just the latest in Russia’s shadow war in a wary Europe
    Apr20

    France’s elections are just the latest in Russia’s shadow war in a wary Europe

    (Credit: AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) As the French prepare to vote Sunday in a presidential election marked by acrimonious debate about Russian influence in Europe, there’s little doubt about which candidate Moscow backs. Last month, the combative populist Marine Le Pen of the right-wing National Front flew to Moscow to meet with President...

    Russian Dissidents Open Office in Ukraine’s Capital
    Apr20

    Russian Dissidents Open Office in Ukraine’s Capital

    Organizers from the Free Russia Foundation, a U.S.-based NGO founded by Russian dissidents, have opened what they call “an Embassy of the Civil Society of Russia in Ukraine,” in Kyiv’s trendy Podil district. Housed in a red brick building with a small blue sign that reads “Free Russia House,” its founders plan to transform the now-bare...

    Gorbachev throws shade at Putin: ‘Russia can succeed only through democracy’
    Apr20

    Gorbachev throws shade at Putin: ‘Russia can succeed only through democracy’

    Decisions made by Russian President Vladimir Putin were “justified” and successfully stabilized his nation, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote in Time magazine, but have proven costly in the longer term.“In the initial phase, certain measures of authoritarian nature—a kind of manual control—were justified,” Gorbachev wrote in...

    The Syrian People Have Been Betrayed By All Sides
    Apr20

    The Syrian People Have Been Betrayed By All Sides

    Where do you stand on the conflict in Syria? This question has become perhaps the ultimate political and sectarian Rorschach test of our time. Are you a leftist or libertarian who opposes U.S. air strikes and waxes lyrical about the paramountcy of Syrian sovereignty and international law? Or are you a very mainstream liberal or conservative who...

    The Daily Vertical: Russia’s Virtual Empire
    Apr20

    The Daily Vertical: Russia’s Virtual Empire

    The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The Morning Vertical, April 20, 2017
    Apr20

    The Morning Vertical, April 20, 2017

    Your daily roundup. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Sport Arbitration Court Lifts Doping Ban On Ukrainian Biathlete
    Apr20

    Sport Arbitration Court Lifts Doping Ban On Ukrainian Biathlete

    A Ukrainian biathlete who tested positive in 2016 for the banned drug meldonium had her one-year ban lifted on April 19 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Exxon Seeks Waiver of US Sanctions to Resume Russian Oil Work 
    Apr20

    Exxon Seeks Waiver of US Sanctions to Resume Russian Oil Work 

    Oil giant ExxonMobil has asked the Trump administration for an exemption from U.S. sanctions against Russia, so it can resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, according to U.S. news reports Wednesday. The request likely will receive extra scrutiny from U.S. officials because the deal between Exxon and Rosneft, the Russian...