Iran has rearrested top human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has highlighted human rights abuses in the Islamic republic.
Ukraine's Youth and Sports Ministry has approved grants to far-right groups for "national-patriotic education projects," including to a group allegedly behind recent violent attacks against Roma.
Aleksei Navalny, freshly released from a Moscow jail, jokes about the facility being upgraded with flat-screen TVs and special menus to accommodate rowdy English World Cup fans.
A Ukrainian artist's provocative poster campaign against Russia hosting the World Cup has spread like wildfire across the Ukrainian Internet, while Kyiv's official call to boycott the soccer championship falls flat.
From 1 to 2.5 million: a look at some of the more interesting figures that factor into World Cup 2018.