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Bulgaria Insists Russia Violated International Aircraft Rules Over Black Sea

Bulgaria on July 26 insisted that Russian aircraft had violated international rules while flying over the Black Sea although it conceded they had not flown into Bulgarian airspace. More

U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia may have leaked embarrassing Democratic party e-mails to influence the presidential election.

Obama: Russia May Have Leaked Democratic E-Mails To Influence Election

U.S. President Barack Obama said it is possible that Russia was behind a major leak of Democratic party e-mails last week and had the goal of influencing the U.S. presidential election. More

Andrei Belyaninov, head of Russia's Federal Customs Agency (file photo)

Russian Customs Chief's Home Searched

Russian investigators said on July 26 that they have searched the office and home of the country's top customs official in connection with a smuggling case, the second high-profile security services action against another government agency in a week. More

White House Names Russia, China, Iran, North Korea In Cyberattack Guidelines

The White House on July 26 issued new guidelines on how government agencies should respond to major cyberattacks. More

Over 100 Russians Barred From Rio Games

The world's rowing federation announced on July 26 that it has rejected 22 of the 28 rowers that Russia entered into the Olympics over their previous use of performance enhancing drugs. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: Ukraine's Forgotten War

Despite following off the world's radar, July is already the deadliest month in the last year for the fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. More
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Moscow Mayor Ridiculed After Floods

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is facing a new wave of criticism over extensive renovation works after heavy flooding that many Muscovites believe was exacerbated by bad planning.

Moscow Creating Its Version Of Pokemon

Moscow city authorities are developing a smartphone application that promises to be a lot like Pokemon Go, except that players will search for Russian historical figures like Aleksandr Pushkin and Yury Gagarin.

Russian, Ukrainian Marchers To Meet In Kyiv

Two religious processions converging on Kyiv -- one from the east, another from the west -- have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital.

Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit.

Russian TV Uses U.S. Protest Footage To Illustrate Pokemon Fallout

Those aren't Pokemon hunters! Russian TV uses unrelated protest footage in a report on mishaps befalling players of the hit game.
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Video U.S. Joins Ukraine And NATO Members In Black Sea Drills

The 15th annual Sea Breeze naval exercises are underway on the Black Sea. Co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, the drills include personnel from 13 nations including Britain, Turkey, Romania and Georgia.

Video Ukraine's Forgotten War

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video 'LGBT Saved Me' -- A Former Soviet Soldier's Sex Change Story

The threat of violence or condemnation frequently hangs over lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Russia. RFE/RL's Russian Service program, Signs of Life, spoke with Yekaterina, who was born the son of an officer in the Soviet armed forces and now acts as a bodyguard at LGBT events.

Photogallery In Siberia, Oil Companies And Reindeer Herders Fight For Rights To Land

In the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District of western Siberia, many families of the Khanty minority make their living by herding reindeer. But the territory where they live has been leased to an oil company, whose operations restrict the herders' movements and damage the land. Some herders have become environmental activists, filing thousands of complaints and even taking cases to court to try to fight the developers' encroachment. (RFE/RL's Petr Shelomovskiy)

Video Did Russia Order A Cyberattack On The Democratic Party?

Hackers have leaked thousands of documents from the U.S. Democratic National Committee. The data dump came on the eve of the party's convention to nominate Hillary Clinton as its presidential candidate. Cybersecurity firms say the attack came from Russia -- possibly under orders from the Kremlin.

Video Separatists Of The World Unite!

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

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