Russian Man Jailed for Insulting Boy Over Militarist Symbol

In a contentious case in Russia, a court sent a man behind bars for three years because he insulted an 11-year-old boy who wore a hat with an embroidered letter ‘Z’ which symbolizes support for Russian troops fighting in Ukraine. The boy’s father is fighting there.

Kyrgyzstan Court extends Custody of 4 Journalists

A Kyrgyz court ordered on Friday that four reporters, who were charged in January with “inciting mass unrest” through their investigative stories about corruption in the Central Asian country, remain in pre-trial detention until August 8, according to their editor, Bolot Temirov.

US Moves Against BEC Fraud

A workers’ union in Massachusetts received last year an email purportedly from an employee of an investment consulting firm, requesting a payment change. The address looked legitimate and off went US$6.4 million to a fraudulent account.

Serbia: Allegations of Election Fraud Surface Again

Opposition parties in Serbia claim that the ruling right-wing Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) cheated in a rerun of local elections on Sunday, just as it did six months ago when accusations of election fraud prompted weeks of protests.