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Russian opposition leader Leonid Volkov, who works as Aleksei Navalny's campaign chief, has been barred from an upcoming election.

Russian Activists Barred From Polls Start Hunger Strike

Three Russia opposition activists have gone on hunger strike in Novosibirsk to protest the authorities' decision to disqualify them from a local election. More

British Judge Accuses Russia Of Interfering In Litvinenko Case

The British judge investigating the radioactive poisoning death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko accused Russian authorities of interfering with his inquiry July 28. More

Putin Fetes Russian Religious Founder Prince Vladimir

Russian President Vladimir Putin July 28 marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages. More

White House Won't Pardon Snowden

The White House has dismissed a petition calling on the United States to pardon fugitive government contractor Edward Snowden, whose revelations about spying prompted international outrage and damaged relations with key allies. More

Nadia Savchenko's trial starts on July 30

Lawyers Say Savchenko Has Alibi

The lawyers of jailed Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko said on July 28 that they have proof she was already captive when the two Russian journalists she is accused of killing died in shelling. More

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Ukraine As A Bargaining Chip?

Speculation is rampant that the West cut a deal with Moscow at Ukraine's expense. Does it hold up to scrutiny? More

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Photogallery New Management At The Gulag Museum

After local authorities in Perm took over control of Russia's only gulag museum, a visit to the revamped exhibition revealed an unexpected take on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's labor camps.

Video Russian Money Laundering In Britain: From Documentary To Hashtag...To Reform?

A British documentary film exposing the complicity of London real-estate agents and others in laundering criminal money from Russia has set off a social-media campaign aimed at ending the United Kingdoms's role as handmaiden to "the global looting machine."

Pics Cost Russian Soccer's 'Miss Charming' Her Title

The Russian Premier League's newly crowned Miss Charming has been stripped of her title after accusations that she sympathized with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Communist Party Calls Off Referendum On Dzerzhinsky

One of most polarizing figures of the Bolshevik era seemed closer than ever to returning to his pedestal. But then the Communist Party effort to bring the notorious statue of Feliks Dzerzhinsky back to Lubyanka came crashing down.

Volunteer Rebel Sheds Light On Russian Military Involvement In Eastern Ukraine

Russian troops regularly enter separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine and serve there on a rotational basis, according to a volunteer who has been fighting with the insurgents since October. Rustam, a Russian citizen from Tatarstan's Saba district who gave only his first name, made the claims in a telephone interview with RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service on July 20.
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.

Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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