Thousands of people demonstrated in many Russian cities against corruption. Hundreds of them were arrested, including organizer and opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Alexi Navalny has been freed from prison after serving a 30-day sentence for staging illegal protests. His release coincides with the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
After the recent Singapore summit between North Korea and the US, Russian President Putin has issued an invitation to Kim Jong Un. A senior official met with Putin hours before the World Cup opening ceremony.
President Vladimir Putin has rebuffed the G7 summit criticism as "creative babbling" and said his country would be happy to be readmitted to the bloc. Putin also hinted at a possible meeting with President Donald Trump.
Five local lawmakers have been sentenced for election fraud in western Germany. Among them is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn criticism for his trips to Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
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