Russian military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria's Aleppo international airport, local media reported. In the aftermath, several Iranian militia leaders were arrested in what was seen as the latest episode of tensions between Iranian and Russian forces in Syria. Since the beginning of Syria's civil war in , Russia and Iran have built a strong military presence in the country in support of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. But as the war is waning, with Syrian regime forces reclaiming most of the territory once controlled by rebel forces, Russia and Iran seem to be vying for influence in the war-torn country. Each country's proxy wants a cut of that," he told VOA.
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In Ukraine and Russia, civil society and professional associations are helping women experts to raise their profile in the public arena. In terms of expert comments appearing in news articles, female experts only appear as professional commentators for one in four articles. The study also revealed a lack of positive change in gender balance in the Ukrainian media over recent years. This reduced representation of women in the media, especially as professionals and experts, is a result of complex public processes regulating gender relations. Women in Ukraine and Russia face no formal restrictions when it comes to a career in politics, business or research, although in Russia there is a ban on over jobs deemed to be too dangerous or arduous Ukraine lifted a similar ban in and restrictions on women in specific positions in its professional military. In both Ukraine and Russia, however, there is still a glass ceiling.
Russia on March 30 dismissed U. This is not about any 'military contingents'," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. Her comments came a day after U. Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela a week ago and offloaded troops and equipment, ratcheting up international tensions amid a standoff between Venezuela's government and the opposition.
Rallies and protests in Russia—over various issues and in different parts of the country—have ceased to be something extraordinary. Not long ago, a handful of people protesting on the central square of a provincial town would have attracted widespread attention and been covered in the national news. But rallies and protests are now occurring with increasing frequency, primarily because Russians no longer care if the authorities refuse to sanction a given gathering, making it and participation in it illegal.