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Russia has announced that more than 250 athletes have been cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics next month even as President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia's some 100 doping-related suspensions amounted to "discrimination."
Yekaterina was born the son of an officer in the Soviet armed forces and now acts as a bodyguard at LGBT events. She told RFE/RL her story and spoke about her conflicted, often difficult life as an Orthodox Christian transgender person living in Moscow.
Gunmen stormed a police station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, and have kept control of it for the past 10 days amid a tense standoff with security forces. What are they trying to achieve? And why are crowds of supporters marching in the streets?
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Moldovan architecture students have proposed bold new designs for the capital, Chisinau, with the goal of giving the city a recognizable landmark. Whether they have any chance of being built is an open question. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
Moscow's relations with Ankara took a dramatic downturn last year when Turkish forces shot down a Russian plane near the Syrian border in November. Russia imposed sanctions and cut off charter flights. But officials have now announced that Turkish vacation packages will be allowed once again.
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