Corey Flintoff Corey Flintoff is NPR's international correspondent based in Moscow, Russia.

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov (right), was recently convicted of terrorism charges in Crimea dating to last year, when Russia seized the territory from Ukraine. A Russian military court sentenced him to 20 years in one of several cases that have drawn criticism from human rights groups. He's shown here at a hearing at Moscow's Lefortovo District Court on Dec. 26, 2014. Mikhail Pochuyev/ITAR-TASS/Landov hide caption

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High-Profile Russian Trials Bring International Criticism

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Russian workers threw contraband peaches off a truck outside the city of Novozybkov on Aug. 7. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's War On Western Food: Detaining Cheese, Crushing Frozen Geese

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LGBT activists in Kazakhstan hoped international attention from hosting the Winter Olympics might help their cause. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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For Kazakhstan's LGBT Community, A Struggle For Recognition And Rights

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Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive officer of Kaspersky Lab, at his office in Moscow last Dec. 9. Kaspersky and his firm have ties to the Russian government, but say that should not be cause for concern in the West, where the company's cybersecurity software is widely used. Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Kaspersky Lab: Based In Russia, Doing Cybersecurity In The West

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Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

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Popular Russian Balladeer Sang About Ordinary Life In The USSR

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Russia has strict rules on dispensing painkillers. Family members say some cancer patients killed themselves because they could not obtain the medicine and the pain was too great. Andy Baker/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Tough Painkiller Rules Push Some Russian Cancer Patients To Suicide

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Police search the area near a destroyed billboard reading "Crimea is Ukraine!" following an explosion in Odessa on June 12. Alexey Kravtsov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Who's Behind A String Of Bombings In Ukraine's Black Sea 'Pearl'?

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Ukraine's Double Woes: War And Runaway Inflation

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Ukrainian national guardsmen practice protecting and recovering wounded comrades as American military trainers watch. Corey Flintoff/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Army Begins Training Ukrainian Soldiers

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Mikheil Saakashvili (center) is the former president of Georgia, which waged a brief war with Russia in 2008. Last month, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) named Saakashvili the governor of Odessa, the port city in Ukraine, a country waging its own battle with Russia. The two are shown in Odessa on May 30. Mykola Lazarenko/Presidential Press Service Pool/AP hide caption

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A Thorn For Russia, Georgia's Ex-President Pops Up In Ukraine

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Drop In Demand Leads To Layoffs In Russia's Auto Market

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Visitors check out the Soviet-era metro cars exhibited at the Partizanskaya subway station in Moscow, as part of festivities marking the subway system's 80th anniversary. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Glory Of Moscow's 80-Year-Old Subway Tainted By Stalin Connections

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Appears To Be Heating Up Again

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Chechen Leader Is A Hero Or A Villain Depending On The Movie

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