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With Blinders On
Russia’s privileged young millennials are savvy and sophisticated but also disillusioned, paranoid, and politically apathetic.


July 18

Hostage Drama Unfolds at Yerevan Police Station
One officer killed, four wounded on Sunday as opposition-aligned gunmen attack station, taking five police hostage.

Serbia to Use Joint Military and Police Teams to Curb Migrant Influx
The Serbian government steps up its efforts to secure its borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia against migrants and smugglers.

Four Dead in Almaty Shootout
Three police and a civilian reported killed when two men attacked a police station today.

Impending Pokemon Release in Russia Triggers Panic Among Some
Russian conservatives fear that players might become spies for the CIA.

July 19

Almaty Shooting Suspect Identified
Lone gunman adopted radical Islam in prison says security chief.

Ministers Deny Polish Responsibility for Jewish Pogroms in the 1940s
Polish education, defense ministers place blame elsewhere for massacres in the Jedwabne and Kielce.

Russian Heads Roll in Doping Scandal
Allegations of state-sponsored doping during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics might lead to Rio Games ban.


A Family Reflects on the Chernobyl Disaster
Three generations explain how their lives were transformed by the nuclear explosion in 1986. From The Guardian.
By Olga Tsvetkova

Ukraine’s Avenging Angels
One group has been the main engine behind the country’s anti-corruption efforts.
By Tatania Kozak

Russia Set to Veto MH17 Resolution, Orban Lashes Out at Refugees, European Left
Plus, a detained Azerbaijani journalist appears in court, and Serbia vows to keep Kosovo out of UNESCO.
By Timothy Spence

Azerbaijan Journalist Says Wife Held Hostage to Make him Return
Cloak-and-dagger meetings in a border town as police try to force journalist to come back. From IWPR.
By Afgan Mukhtarli


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