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    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church joined social-networking site Vkontakte to connect with the public, but the launch of his own personal page was marred by trolls who swamped it with derogatory comments.
  • Germany Protests Russian Decision To Block Entry To Merkel Ally
    Germany has protested Russia's decision to turn away an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Houses Come Down, Statue To Turkmen Leader Goes Up
    The crowning of moment of the Day of the City, May 25, in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat was the official unveiling of a gigantic statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.
  • Turkmen President Honors Himself With Giant Gold Horse Statue
    Authorities in Turkmenistan have unveiled a giant golden statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on horseback in the capital, a towering sign of a growing personality cult celebrating the authoritarian leader.
  • RFE/RL Journalists Assaulted
    Journalists from RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service were assaulted by an unknown man while filming at a company headquarters near Odesa. The team were investigating a $3 million tender for vehicle license plates, which has been won by a company with no previous record of making licence plates. During the assault, captured on camera, a journalist warns the man he'll call the police. The man says "fine, call the police." The camera was damaged during the incident.
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