The Hungarian government is offering married couples a 10 million-forint (around €30,590) loan, which they do not have to pay back if they have three children. Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party want to encourage population growth via families rather than mass immigration.
Travellers to Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in Russia would be able to obtain E-visas for free. The regime will be in force from October 1, 2019.
More than 22,000 protesters gathered in Moscow on Saturday against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for city elections in September. This is the largest demonstration in Russia in recent years.
Press freedom advocates have called for more safeguards from legal attempts to silence journalists. Without them, such lawsuits will continue to pose "a threat to media freedom and public interest advocacy."
Yelena Grigoryeva, an activist for the St. Petersburg-based Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT People for Equal Rights, was killed on the evening of July 21. According to human rights activist Dinar Idrisov and the Russian LGBT Network, Grigoryeva had received multiple death threats both on- and offline.