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The government in Tashkent uses one of the world’s largest state-sponsored systems of forced labor to harvest Uzbek cotton.

Forced Cotton-Picking Earns Uzbekistan Shameful Spot In ‘Slavery Index’

A new report on global slavery ranks Uzbekistan and Pakistan among the five worst offenders in terms of the number of people forced into modern slavery. More

Russia To Join France's Antihooligan Operation At Euro 2016

Russia says it will join an international police operation against hooligans at the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France. More

This is what you would have seen if you'd visited the @DarthPutinKGB page on Twitter before the suspension.

Twitter Targets Parody Accounts Needling The Kremlin

Twitter has suspended a string of popular parody accounts lampooning Russian officials, sparking outrage among their followers and accusations that the social-media giant is bending to pressure from the Kremlin and its allies. More

At Least One Dead After Apartment Block Collapses In Siberia

At least one person was killed and two injured after part of an apartment block collapsed in Russia. More

Russia Highlights Putin's Upcoming Trip To China

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said President Vladimir Putin's planned trip to China will give powerful new impetus to ties between the two nations. More

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One Whistle-Blower Seemingly Coerced Into Apologizing To Kadyrov; A Second Remains Defiant

Ramazan Dzhalaldinov, who fled his native village of Kenkhi in southeastern Chechnya after harassment that followed his video appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-April to take action against corrupt local officials, has finally been constrained to retract that criticism as “lies” and offer apologies to acting Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov. More

RIP DarthPutinKGB

Twitter has suspended DarthPutinKGB. And for Russia-watchers, social media will never be the same. More
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Features & Commentary

New Russian App: When A Rainbow Is Not Just A Rainbow

Some Dutch artists have released a new app that informs Russians when there is a rainbow in their area. What Russians want to do next with that information is up to them.

Video In Crimean Port, A Hospital Reportedly Takes A 'Potemkin' Approach To Impress

The Potemkin village, that tried and true manifestation of Russian bureaucratic ingenuity whose place in popular lore has been cemented for centuries, has been given a modern update -- the annexed peninsula of Crimea now reportedly has its own "Potemkin hospital."

Audio Slide Show Bigger Than Dominoes: Abkhazia Pins Hopes On Soccer Cup For Outsiders

Shunned by FIFA and dogged by infighting, would-be states and other groupings with uncertain status are holding a soccer "world cup" in breakaway Abkhazia. A colorful opening ceremony will kick off what may be the biggest international event in the isolated Black Sea region since a dominoes championship in 2011.

Russian Monument To Stalin's Victims Highlights Fate Of Executioner

For a dozen years, activists in Saransk have been calling for a monument to citizens executed during Josef Stalin's Great Terror. This week, they got one -- courtesy of the Interior Ministry -- that highlights the "tragic fate" of their republic's secret police at the time.

Savchenko Released, But Fate Of Other Ukrainians Imprisoned In Russia Unclear

With Russia's release of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, who returned to a hero's welcome in Kyiv, attention now shifts to the fate of other Ukrainians jailed in Russia on charges their supporters say are dubious.
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Video Chechen Whistle-blower Apologizes To Kadyrov

A Chechen man has issued a public apology to the republic's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, after he had earlier asked for Vladimir Putin's help in reining corruption in his village. That complaint led to death threats and the destruction of his house.

Video Savchenko Tells Parliament No Life Is More Important Than Ukraine

Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian military aviator who spent almost two years in Russian custody before she returned home last week, has taken her seat as a member of parliament. In her first parliamentary speech, she told lawmakers that the country is more important than anyone's life.

Video The Daily Vertical: Cracks In The Media Facade

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

Video The Daily Vertical: The Cost Of War

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

Photogallery The Soviet Union's Public Art Legacy

Across the former Soviet Union, colorful communist-era mosaics still adorn government buildings, housing blocks, and factory walls. Many celebrate industry and culture with artistic flourishes that belie their staid subjects. Photographer David Trilling found himself drawn to them again and again on his travels around Russia and Central Asia.

Video Putin Begins Visit To Greece

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Greece on his first visit to the European Union this year.

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