Populism can take many shapes – sometimes originating from the political left, at other times, from the right.
Russia's Primorsky Region borders China and North Korea and serves as Moscow's door to the Pacific. A Communist leader there claims his election victory was blatantly stolen to keep the Kremlin-backed governor in power.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Sergei Lavrov met in Berlin to discuss their roles in Syria. Germany promised reconstruction help if Russia kept President Assad from launching an offensive in opposition-held Idlib.
Of course, the main concern in Syria's last opposition-held province is the trapped civilians. But the area is also a stronghold of radical jihadis, writes Rainer Hermann of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Protests over changes to the pension age in Russia have overshadowed elections for local and regional seats. The pension age would rise to 65 for men — an age 42 percent of Russian men are not expected to reach.
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