- Russian separatists fired on the group that monitors the ceasefire in Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). They also seized a drone the OSCE members were launching to investigate alleged shelling of Donetsk’s water filtration system.
Anti-Putin activist Ildar Dadin was released from a Siberian prison after Russia’s Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Dadin was the first person convicted of violating a law that prohibits conducting protests without official permission.
Some additional light has been shed on a Russian case where a Kaspersky Labs employee and two Federal Security Service (FSB) members were arrested and charged with treason. The charges stem from a 2010 complaint by a Russian businessman, Pavel Vrublevsky, who claims they sent information about his company to Verisign and other American companies, who shared it with American intelligence agencies.
A senior Syrian military intelligence official, General Hassan Daabul, died in an attack claimed by Hay’at Tahrir Sham, a new amalgamation of Syrian rebel groups that includes what was once al Qaeda’s Syrian branch. Daabul was reportedly close to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
A French parliamentary fact-finding commission concluded that France’s attempt to deradicalize jihadists is a “total failure”:
The preliminary report reveals that the government has nothing to show for the tens of millions of taxpayer euros it has spent over the past several years to combat Islamic radicalization in France, where 238 people have been killed in jihadist attacks since January 2015. The report implies that deradicalization, either in specialized centers or in prisons, does not work because most Islamic radicals do not want to be deradicalized.