News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 22 July.

Photo sourced from DBDuophotography

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Less than 24 hours after his embezzlement conviction, Aleksei Navalny, was released from custody. The Russian opposition leader is free to run as a Moscow mayoral candidate until his appeal has been heard.

Source: The New York Times

The US–Russia standoff over former security contractor Edward Snowden may threaten an arranged summit between President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin. Canceling the meeting, set to precede the G20 Leader’s Summit in St Petersburg, would be viewed as a direct blow to Mr Putin.

Source: Bloomberg

Ukrainian activists from Vradiyivka marched into downtown Kyiv, 350 km away, on Thursday to protest against police abuses. The 10-day march follows a suspected cover-up of a rape case involving local police.

Source: RFE/RL

Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei is expected to visit the European Union headquarters this Monday. The trip will mark the first Belarus visit to the EU since the 2010 electoral unrest, resulting in EU sanctions on government officials.

Source: RFE/RL

Romania’s National History Museum has found proof that a local woman burnt seven stolen paintings by Picasso, Mattise, Monet and others. The works, worth tens of millions of pounds, were stolen from the Rotterdam gallery last year in the largest art heist in more than a decade.

Source: Guardian


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