Regional elections are being held across Russia, but critics say the vote will not be free or fair. Much of the focus has been on elections in Moscow, which has seen the biggest police crackdown on protesters in nearly a decade
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption foundation has been raided again. The crackdown comes after Navalny led protests against the Kremlin this summer.
While Brussels is reluctant to draw western Balkan countries closer to the EU, the Kremlin is taking action to foster relations in the region, particularly with its longtime ally Serbia.
Fresh raids on the regional offices of opposition leader Alexei Navalny have been seen by supporters as attempts to intimidate his nonprofit anti-corruption group, recently designated by officials as a foreign agent.
The Russian actor who was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in a penal colony has had his sentence overruled following an outcry from public figures. A court ruled that he will serve a one-year suspended sentence.
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