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    Russian Rights Activists Denounce Counterterrorist Legislation
    Jul01

    Russian Rights Activists Denounce Counterterrorist Legislation

    Russia’s parliament has approved a package of controversial amendments to its existing counterterrorism laws despite strong criticism from human rights activists, including the head of the Russian president’s rights council. The amendments were passed last week by the State Duma, the parliament’s lower chamber, and on Wednesday...

    Chechen Suspected in Istanbul Attack, but Questions Remain
    Jul01

    Chechen Suspected in Istanbul Attack, but Questions Remain

    Responsibility for Tuesday’s Istanbul airport attack is centering on one key suspect: Akhmad Chataev, a man with a long history of involvement in jihadist activities, beginning in Chechnya and ending in Syria. At least 44 people were killed and more than 230 others wounded Tuesday when three men attacked Ataturk airport, Turkey’s...

    Spanish Emigration Hits Highest Level Since at Least 2008
    Jul01

    Spanish Emigration Hits Highest Level Since at Least 2008

    The number of Spanish nationals moving abroad rose last year to its highest level since comparable figures were first compiled in 2008, the National Statistics Institute said Thursday. Many traveled to Britain, where they now face an uncertain future following last week’s decision by British voters to leave the European Union. Almost...

    Putin Says Russia Won’t Enter Arms Race With NATO
    Jun30

    Putin Says Russia Won’t Enter Arms Race With NATO

    President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will respond to NATO’s military buildup near its borders, but will not be drawn into an arms race. Putin said Thursday that NATO underlined its anti-Russian intentions by deploying forces in Poland and the Baltics and building missile defense sites. Russia has described NATO’s U.S.-led missile...

    Russia Seeks to Reassure Over Brexit Volatility
    Jun29

    Russia Seeks to Reassure Over Brexit Volatility

    As Britain and Europe struggle to come to terms with the British vote in favor of leaving the European Union, financial markets are roiling across the globe, including in Russia. Even before the vote for a British EU exit, the head of Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, warned that the country’s economic recovery would be at risk and...

    Netherlands, Italy to Share UN Security Council Seat
    Jun29

    Netherlands, Italy to Share UN Security Council Seat

    The Netherlands and Italy took the rare step Tuesday of agreeing to share a two-year seat on the U.N. Security Council, after a contest that ended in a dead heat. After five rounds of voting, the countries were tied with 95 votes each. Neither was able to reach the two-thirds majority needed to secure a seat. After discussions, the two European...

    Brexit’s Impact on Russia Stirs Concern
    Jun29

    Brexit’s Impact on Russia Stirs Concern

    There is growing angst over how Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will impact Russia’s strategic footing around the globe, but disagreement about how much it will affect Moscow, just as the West moves to curb Russian aggression in the Baltics and Syria. President Barack Obama tried to allay fears Tuesday, cautioning...

    Russia Rejects Much Engagement Sought by US, Ambassador Tefft Says
    Jun28

    Russia Rejects Much Engagement Sought by US, Ambassador Tefft Says

    The United States is seeking to engage and involve Russia on a range of international issues — including the most sensitive to their relations — but is often given the cold shoulder, according to U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft. In an hour-long and exclusive joint interview Monday with VOA Russian Service’s Danila Galperovich and Radio...

    Russian Military Tests Readiness With Snap Inspections
    Jun27

    Russian Military Tests Readiness With Snap Inspections

    Russia recently wrapped up nine days of inspections of its military forces in order to judge their readiness. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the inspections, which lasted from June 14 to 22. The surprise inspections involved all four of Russia’s military districts, with the focus on command and control structures as...

    Russia Sees Brexit Impact Widespread but Temporary
    Jun25

    Russia Sees Brexit Impact Widespread but Temporary

    Russia reacted to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union with a mix of pleasure, understanding and concern. Some Russian politicians celebrated the Brexit, taking aim at the EU and its Western allies. “Brexit reflects the crisis in the EU governance model,” tweeted senior Russian lawmaker Alexey Pushkov, adding that it was a “personal...

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