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New Evidence Of Russian Agents In Eastern Ukraine

Kommersant has learned that a former professor arrested last week in the Donbass region by Ukraine has been named as a Russian FSB agent.

At an outpost in the Donetsk region.
At an outpost in the Donetsk region.
Maria Efimova, Ilya Barabanov; Yanina Sokolovskaya, Kiev

KIEV — Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly reported arrests they say they've made of numerous Russian citizens fighting on the side of the pro-Russian militia. Moscow has always promptly denied such reports.

But new details have come to light that lend weight to Kiev's claims after Ukraine's special services said they had arrested a Russian FSB agent on June 30. The FSB (Federal Security Service) is the main successor of the Soviet KGB.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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