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The Police Baton -- Guarantor Of Stability (RFE/RL Azerbaijani Bureau)


U.S. Sanctions Coordinator Cites Europe’s Resolve On Russia

During a visit to Prague on June 16, Coordinator for U.S. Sanctions Policy Ambassador Daniel Fried told RFE/RL that he was impressed with European leaders’ resolve in pursuing sanctions against Russia.

The Daily Vertical: Russia's 'Real Men'

With offers of legal assistance to hooligans, the Kremlin is making no pretense of its support for the violence that has marred the UEFA 2016 European Championship in France.

A Day With Ukraine's Frontline Medics

Bullet wounds, shrapnel, and loss of blood are all part of a day's work for medical volunteers in Avdiyivka, despite a cease-fire.

First McDonald's Welcomed In Almaty, Kazakhstan

Residents like the food, but say that prices in the restaurant, which has created around 200 new jobs, are a little high. (Kazakh Service)


Ban's Comments On Russia Stir Outrage

Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations was "completely outraged" by the UN chief’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, in which he said Russia "has a critical role to play" in ending conflicts, safeguarding human rights, and controlling the proliferation of weapons.

Russia Launches New Nuclear Icebreaker

The Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg has floated out a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and most powerful.

The Destruction Of The Kerch Bridge

Seventy families await the demolition of their homes in connection with the promised construction of a bridge they believe will never be built. (In Russian)

Kadyrov Announces Chechen Parliament Dissolved

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov made the announcement on Instagram on June 16, adding that, due to budget constraints, legislative elections planned for 2018 would be cancelled, and instead would be combined with the republic’s upcoming presidential elections in September, 2016. (In Russian/Current Time TV)

Moscow Amends North Caucasus Development Program Again

Over the past year, Moscow has demonstrated some awareness that new approaches are needed to address the corruption, cronyism, violence, and human rights abuses that have alienated a large proportion of the region's estimated 10 million people, most of whom are Muslims.

Lukashenka Touts Belarus’s Weapons Triumph

The Belarus president announced in Minsk on June 16 that, with very limited financial resources, Belarusian military experts have created a new missile system.

Most In Transnistria Want To Join Russia

A poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center finds that 86 percent of respondents in the unrecognized territory support joining Russia, two percent wish to join Moldova, and fewer than one percent supports joining Romania. (In Russian/Current Time TV)

The Breaking Of A Tajik Defense Lawyer

Ishoq Tabarov, a human rights lawyer known for defending Tajiks who most needed defending, died on June 12, officially of a heart attack, but possibly of a broken heart.

MOST READ/RUSSIA: North Korea’s Revenant

A reporter with RFE/RL’s Russian Service traveled to Seoul to interview a 60 year-old refugee from North Korea, who said that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were “10 times harsher than Stalin,” and that, despite growing discontent, only an outsider’s “match” can ignite a challenge to the regime. (over 100K views on Russian Service website)

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