The Matritsa narrow-gauge railway is crucial to the survival of some villages in the Caucasus Mountains. They take it to school or to visit the doctor, and use it to haul loads. There are no roads in the area.
Oyub Titiyev, who had exposed abuses by security forces in Chechnya, will spend four years in a penal colony. His family said the ruling was an effort by authorities 'to silence and disgrace him.'
A 17-year-old killed himself and wounded three FSB employees at the security service's office in the city of Arkhangelsk. Attacks on the FSB and police are rare outside Russia's North Caucasus region.
Street protests have forced the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan just days after he took up the post. The rapid turn of events could shake up Russia's interests in the region.
Opposition protest leader Nikol Pashinian has said he wants to become prime minister. It's unclear if he will get support from parliament where the Republican Party has a majority.
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