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    2 Members of Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Detained

    Two members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were briefly detained Monday after rallying for the release of a Ukrainian filmmaker outside his Siberian prison. During Sunday’s protest in Yakutsk where Oleg Sentsov is serving his sentence, the band members unfurled a banner on a nearby bridge that read “Free Sentsov!”...

    Russia says Trump’s New Ukraine Envoy to Visit Moscow
    Aug06

    Russia says Trump’s New Ukraine Envoy to Visit Moscow

    The Trump administration is sending its envoy for Ukraine negotiations to Moscow in a bid to make progress on the diplomatic crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Sunday. After his first meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson since new American sanctions, Lavrov emerged with an upbeat assessment about the potential for...

    Top US Intelligence Officials Wary as Ever of Russia
    Aug05

    Top US Intelligence Officials Wary as Ever of Russia

    Top U.S. intelligence officials are refusing to back down over concerns about Russia, even as U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian officials lament what they describe as deteriorating relations between the two countries. “Our values and our interests are not aligned naturally,” Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, director of the...

    On Eve of Shock Arrival in Poland, Stateless Ex-Georgian President Vows to Fight for Adopted Homeland
    Aug04

    On Eve of Shock Arrival in Poland, Stateless Ex-Georgian President Vows to Fight for Adopted Homeland

    Mikheil Saakashvili, since last week the world’s only stateless former president, says he could have remained safely in the United States, or perhaps settled with his family in his wife’s home nation, the Netherlands. But instead, the former Georgian leader, who last week was stripped of his adoptive Ukrainian citizenship, turned up...

    New EU Sanctions Blacklist Russian Deputy Minister
    Aug04

    New EU Sanctions Blacklist Russian Deputy Minister

    The European Union on Friday imposed sanctions on three more Russians — including Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov — and have also been blacklisted over the delivery of Siemens’ turbines to Moscow-annexed Crimea. A department head at the Russian ministry, Evgeny Grabchak, is also now barred from traveling to the EU and any assets he...

    Georgian Court Rejects Saakashvili’s Motion to Postpone Embezzlement Hearing
    Aug03

    Georgian Court Rejects Saakashvili’s Motion to Postpone Embezzlement Hearing

    A Georgian court on Wednesday rejected a request to postpone former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s hearing on embezzlement charges. Saakashvili’s lawyers asked Tbilisi City Court to delay the hearing because the former president has been stateless since July 26, when Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko revoked Saakashvili’s...

    Georgian President tells VOA He is Confident of US Support
    Aug03

    Georgian President tells VOA He is Confident of US Support

    Nana Sanjaia of VOA’s Georgian service spoke with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, following Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the country. Below is a transcript, edited for clarity and length. Q: Vice President Mike Pence is the highest official of the current U.S. administration who visited Georgia. What is the takeout...

    Go West, US Vice President Pence Tells Balkan Leaders
    Aug02

    Go West, US Vice President Pence Tells Balkan Leaders

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused Russia on Wednesday of working to “destabilize” the Western Balkans and divide the region from the West where he said its future lies. Pence spoke in Montenegro, which joined NATO this year in defiance of Russia, on the final leg of a tour designed to reassure Eastern Europe of Washington’s...

    Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill Into Law
    Aug02

    Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill Into Law

    U.S. President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions Wednesday on Russia, signing legislation with penalties aimed at Moscow for its interference in last year’s U.S. election designed to help him win the White House. Trump had objected to the measure because it gives Congress a 30-day review period during which it could block Trump from easing...

    US Begins Russia Drawdown After Kremlin Retaliates for Sanctions
    Aug02

    US Begins Russia Drawdown After Kremlin Retaliates for Sanctions

    The United States began removing furniture and equipment from a diplomatic property in Moscow on Tuesday in the first sign of compliance with a Kremlin order to slash its presence in Russia as retaliation for new U.S. sanctions. President Vladimir Putin has ordered the United States to cut around 60 percent of its diplomatic staff in Russia by...

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