As Russia rolls in World Cup, Chechen cheers are muted

Despite Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s undying loyalty to Putin, and despite Putin receiving more than 90 percent of the vote in Chechnya, many fans in Chechnya are rooting against Russia in the World Cup, according to an RFE/RL feature. Chechens used to be...

Energy to dominate Bulgaria’s PM talks with Putin

A week following Bulgarian President Rumen Radev’s meeting with Putin, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov will visit Russia Wednesday to likewise meet with Putin, Balkan Insight reports. With Sofia announcing plans to unfreeze the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project and...