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Pavlensky Says Inspired By Pussy Riot, Russian Church

Dissident Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky talks to RFE/RL about what prompted him to take up political art, and how he sees his political stunts as a rejection of a pervasive "clerical" ideology.


Paratroopers jump from a C-130 Hercules plane during NATO allies' Anakonda 16 exercise in June.

Audio Power Vertical Podcast: Countdown To Warsaw

What should we expect at NATO's upcoming summit in Warsaw? Listen to the new Power Vertical Podcast to find out. More

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (left) and former wrestler Buivaisar Saitiyev watch a boxing match in Grozny in March.

Ramzan Kadyrov's Trojan Horse

It is no secret that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has long considered Daghestan's Khasavyurt district that borders on Chechnya part of his bailiwick. Two recent interlinked moves are clearly intended to strengthen his influence not only in Khasavyurt, but elsewhere in Daghestan. More

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Parents In Pakistan Call For Ban On Toy Guns During Holidayi
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July 01, 2016
Activist groups in Pakistan have called for a ban on toy guns as the Eid al-Fitr holiday approaches. They said that the toys, many of which look realistic, are among the most popular gifts for children on the holiday which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- this year on July 6. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

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Kabul Bombing Hits Police Cadetsi
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June 30, 2016
A deadly suicide attack targeted a bus carrying police cadets as they headed into Kabul. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Kabul Bombing Hits Police Cadets

A deadly suicide attack targeted a bus carrying police cadets as they headed into Kabul. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Makeshift Shrine In Kyiv To Opera Singer Killed By Sniper

Photos, flowers, and candles were placed on Kyiv's Independence Square after a famous opera singer was killed by a sniper in eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video NATO, Partners Begin 'Rapid Trident' Exercises In Ukraine

An annual NATO-led training exercise has kicked off in western Ukraine near the Polish border. The 16th edition of the "Rapid Trident" exercise brings together troops from 11 countries, including NATO members such as the United States, Canada, Britain, and Turkey.
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Video Afghans In Pakistan Protest Detentions, New Visa Restrictions

Afghans at a market in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, shouted slogans against the Pakistan authorities over the detention of some 2,000 Afghans in recent days. Pakistan has set June 30 as the last day that many Afghan refugees will be able to remain in the country legally. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Armenian Protester Scuffles With Lawmaker

An angry demonstrator faced off with lawmaker and former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratian in Yerevan during a protest over a controversial defense agreement between the Armenian government and Russia. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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Video Pope Francis Hails Armenia’s ‘Christian Identity’

Pope Francis met with the supreme leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Garegin II, at an ancient cathedral in the town of Echmiadzin on June 24. Francis praised Armenia for making Christianity an “essential part of its identity.”
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Video Kazakh Man Facing Eviction Threatens To Blow Up Home

A resident of the Kazakh capital, Astana, threatened to blow up a gas cylinder in a bid to keep city authorities from evicting him from his house, which is slated for demolition. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
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Video Ukrainian Forces Shelled In Attack Near Donetsk

Ukrainian positions in the east of the country came under heavy fire from Russia-backed separatists. An RFE/RL correspondent embedded with Ukrainian government troops in Avdiyivka, near the city of Donetsk, captured footage of the attack on the night of June 22. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Thousands Mourn Slain Pakistani Singer

Crowds thronged the streets of Karachi for the funeral of Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan's most famous singers, gunned down in the city the previous day. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Ukrainian Tank Drills Simulate Eastern Attack

Ukraine is conducting 10 days of drills simulating an attack from the east in breach of the Minsk agreement with Russia and Russia-backed separatists. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Pakistani Lawmakers Face Off In Provincial Assembly Ruckus

Scuffles broke out between Pakistani lawmakers in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly. Members of the ruling party faced off and had an exchange of harsh words during a debate on the provincial budget on June 21. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Afghan Activists Call For U.S. Support Against Pakistan

Several hundred Afghans demonstrated against Pakistan in Kabul, after deadly border clashes last week escalated tensions between the two countries.
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Video Macedonian Activists Escalate Paint Protest, Hose Justice Ministry

Antigovernment protesters in Macedonia have escalated their attacks on government buildings and monuments in the latest of nightly demonstrations. On June 20, they pulled out compressors and hoses to spray jets of paint on the Justice Ministry.
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Video Planned Kyrgyz Media Law Draws Criticism In Bishkek Roundtable

Journalists, media experts, and activists have roundly criticized proposed media legislation in Kyrgyzstan, saying it would limit press freedom. Only one member of parliament attended a roundtable in Bishkek, where participants had a scathing assessment of the bill. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Serbian And Croatian Leaders Meet Aiming To Mend Relations

Serbian and Croatian leaders have taken part in a series of symbolic gestures in a renewed effort to repair strained relations. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on June 20.
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Video Nepalese Guards Killed In Kabul Suicide Attack

A group of Nepalese security guards working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul have been killed in a suicide attack on their minibus. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said 14 guards were killed, and eight others were wounded in the early morning attack on June 20. (RFE/RL's Afghan Service)
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Video Swollen Kyrgyz Rivers Wash Out Roads And Bridges

Heavy rains caused rivers to swell, washing out bridges and roads in parts of Kyrgyzstan. In the Issyk-Kul region, the harsh weather caused rock slides in mountainous areas.
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Video President Xi Arrives In Belgrade, As Chinese Influence Increases In Balkans

Serbia has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to Belgrade at a time when China is increasing its economic influence in the Balkan country. Xi is scheduled to sign a series of trade and investment agreements during the three-day visit, which includes a stop at a Chinese-owned steel plant.
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Video Afghans March Against Taliban, Call On Government To Secure Highways

Hundreds of Afghans, including members of civil society organizations, protested a recent mass hostage taking by Taliban militants. During a march through Kabul on June 17, activists called on the government to improve security on highways and to protect people traveling across the country.
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Video Deadly Storms Strike Northwest Pakistan

At least seven people were killed and 49 others were injured as violent storms hit northwest Pakistan. Rain and high winds lashed the town of Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on June 15, causing buildings to shake and roofs to collapse, while power was cut. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Kosovo's LGBT Community Honors Orlando Victims

Activists from the LGBT community held a candlelit vigil in Pristina, amid homophobic comments in Kosovo after the Orlando mass shooting. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Trucks Stuck At Afghanistan-Pakistan Border After Gun Battle

Hundreds of trucks were still stranded on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, after gunfire between soldiers at a key crossing point resulted in several deaths.

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Video From Small-Town Journalism Student To Kickboxing Champ

Yulia Guseva graduated in journalism but her real passion was martial arts. After winning the Volga region championship in Russia, she moved to the United States. There she won her first local kickboxing championship, and went on to become the WKA U.S. champion and win several world championships.

Video Threats Of Violence Haunt Russians With Household Debt

Tatyana Lyakhova, a single mother, faces constant harassment, vandalism, and threats from debt collectors demanding repayment of her ex-husband's loans. Stories like hers are increasingly common in Russia, where millions of people have household debt and collectors are largely unregulated.

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June 30, 2016

Media, Human Rights Groups Call On Turkmenistan To Free Nepeskuliev

Thirteen media and human rights organizations have sent a letter to Turkmenistan President Berdimuhamedow, calling for the immediately release of jailed RFE/RL freelancer Saparmamed Nepeskuliev as the one-year anniversary of his disappearance and detention approaches.
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June 10, 2016

RFE/RL Announces Thomas Kent as New President

Thomas Kent, a longtime Associated Press journalist, has been appointed the new President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), effective June 27.
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June 03, 2016

RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives -- Now Online

RFE/RL welcomed the publication this week of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda.
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May 25, 2016

Ismayilova Freed From Prison But Intent On Justice

Elated but defiant, RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova walked out of prison in Baku today -- and vowed to take the Azerbaijani government to court to hold it accountable for concocting a case against her on political grounds.
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