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    Study: Kremlin Uses Anti-extremism Law to Suppress Dissent
    May25

    Study: Kremlin Uses Anti-extremism Law to Suppress Dissent

    Russia is using its anti-extremism laws to crack down on dissent, analysts and human rights advocates say. A recent study found that the number of Russians sentenced to prison for extremism tripled over the last five years. A growing number of journalists and dissidents say they have been targeted by prosecutors. Journalists and dissidents are...

    Russia Talks Up Foreign Interest in Eurobond, Investors Skeptical
    May25

    Russia Talks Up Foreign Interest in Eurobond, Investors Skeptical

    Russia on Wednesday hailed its Eurobond issue as a triumph over Western obstruction, but there was no sign that big foreign investors had bought the bond and, unusually for a large issue, there was scant trading in the paper once it was placed. Russia had sold $1.75 billion in 10-year Eurobonds on Tuesday, smaller than its previous placements,...

    Ukraine Pilot, Jailed by Russia, is Released
    May25

    Ukraine Pilot, Jailed by Russia, is Released

    A Ukrainian pilot held in Russian custody has been released. Nadiya Savchenko arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday after spending nearly two years in a Russian prison. The 35-year-old army helicopter pilot was released as part of an apparent prisoner swap with Moscow, with two alleged Russian soldiers leaving Ukraine earlier in the day, according to an...

    Official: Surge in E. Ukraine Fighting Kills 7 Soldiers
    May24

    Official: Surge in E. Ukraine Fighting Kills 7 Soldiers

    Ukraine said on Tuesday seven of its servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours as a result of increased attacks by pro-Russian rebels, the highest reported daily casualty figure since August. International efforts are underway to end a conflict that has contributed to the worst tensions between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. A...

    Lockerbie Lawyer Seeks $330M From Putin, Russia for MH17 Disaster
    May23

    Lockerbie Lawyer Seeks $330M From Putin, Russia for MH17 Disaster

    The U.S. aviation lawyer who won compensation for victims of the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing and is now seeking $330 million from Russia for the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in 2014, says Russian President Vladimir Putin must be held responsible. Jerry Skinner, who is leading Australian law firm LHD’s compensation claim against...

    New Database Aimed at Exposing ‘Kleptocrats’
    May22

    New Database Aimed at Exposing ‘Kleptocrats’

    Making documentary evidence of government corruption accessible to anyone with an Internet connection seems to be catching on. Earlier this month, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists launched a searchable public database for the Panama Papers, the more than 11.5 million documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm revealing...

    Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia
    May20

    Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia

    The Pentagon is dismissing a Russian proposal to carry out joint airstrikes against al Qaida-linked terrorists in Syria. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu floated the notion Friday during a meeting that was broadcast on Russian state television, adding that the strikes could begin as early as May 25, and would be coordinated with the...

    EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel
    May20

    EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel

    European Union ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed on a mechanism aimed at suspending visa-free travel for foreign nationals abusing the privilege and approved funds to help Greece cope with Europe’s migrant crisis. The action would essentially make it easier and faster for EU members to suspend visa waivers granted to foreign...

    NATO Welcomes Montenegro; Russia Threatens Sanctions
    May20

    NATO Welcomes Montenegro; Russia Threatens Sanctions

    NATO officially invited Montenegro to become its 29th member Thursday, angering Russia, which already is threatening sanctions against what it calls a “friendly country.” NATO foreign ministers signed the Accession Protocol in Brussels, as Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic looked on. All 28 legislative bodies, including the...

    Russian Performance Artist Convicted in Pro-Ukraine Protest
    May19

    Russian Performance Artist Convicted in Pro-Ukraine Protest

    A Russian performance artist known for his radical politically charged performances was convicted Thursday of vandalism for a pro-Ukraine protest and sentenced to 16 months in prison. A court in Moscow found Pyotr Pavlensky guilty, though he won’t have to serve prison time because the statute of limitations had expired. But he remains in...

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