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A court on January 22 found Sobol guilty of a "violation of the law on mass gatherings," namely of calling for unsanctioned rallies. It ordered her to pay a fine of 250,000 rubles ($3,400).

27-year-old Armenian veteran Varazdat Saneian had to ask his brother to slip an engagement ring on his fiancee's finger because he lost both arms in the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Like many amputees, he faces a daunting struggle to raise the cash for artificial limbs.

"Kettling" operation: Kazakh police forced protesters to stand together like sardines for nine hours in freezing cold in an attempt to intimidate them from staging future demonstrations.

"It's scary": amid Russia's clampdown on dissent, the world of social media and entertainment appears split in its approach to Aleksei Navalny's jailing, his latest video investigation, and his call for protests. @mjluxmoore  reports from Moscow:

Has a new era of Azerbaijani-Turkmen cooperation finally arrived, and is it bringing prospects of new gas supplies to Europe with it? By @BrucePannier 

Teenage couple in Belarus has been sentenced to prison terms for for painting slogans against strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka on the shields of riot police officers during ongoing protests.


Millions of people died of starvation in 1932-33 when Soviet authorities seized food to force Ukrainian peasants to join collective farms. One woman reveals how her great-grandfather secretly photographed the suffering in the city of Kharkiv.

When this 76-year-old Russian pensioner needs to herd her cows, she skates across the frozen waters of Lake Baikal to find them.

A week-long "reduction in violence" between the Taliban and U.S. and Afghan security forces will begin at midnight local time.

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Russian opposition activist Konstantin Sinitsyn has been found dead of head injuries in the entranceway to his St. Petersburg apartment building.

Lyubov Sobol posted a video showing armed, masked men barging into her office ahead of today's rally in Moscow. Sobol was one of the opposition candidates not allowed to stand in the upcoming municipal elections.

Moscow Councilwoman Aleksandra Parushina says she was struck in the head by police who "brutally" dispersed protesters near Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's office on July 27. Read more here:

Today four years ago, passenger flight #MH17  was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.

The Dutch team investigating #MH17  concluded today that the Buk system came from Russia's 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade. Here's their reconstruction of the shoot-down from last year.