A Kremlin-backed website featuring a forged letter from Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry to the US ambassador to Uzbekistan again spotlights Russia's efforts to divide Washington and Tashkent.
Russia's plot to kill Arkady Babchenko is just the latest example of the Putin regime's ongoing campaign to intimidate and murder those who speak out against the Kremlin.
The €3.3 million project aims to increase media literacy and supports initiatives to prevent radicalisation in the region.
The raid on the two Russian media outlets in Ukraine coincides with the inauguration of a bridge connecting Russia with Crimea, which the Kremlin illegally annexed in 2014.
The sentiment reflects a global trend of rejecting Kremlin-backed information sources that have proven time and time again to be unreliable.
Anxious Russian television station owners have been attempting to court favour with Uzbekistani audiences in the face of increased domestic competition.
The Kremlin's use of Facebook to influence Uzbekistanis with a malicious propaganda campaign has raised concern among social media users, while Sputnik Uzbekistan's blatant agenda has failed to resonate.
The US embassy is planning a number of events to bring about a new generation of commentators on various matters.
The former head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security is at the centre of a recent Sputnik report that he calls 'a complete lie'.
The now-defunct resources targeted readers in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other Russian-language speakers around the world, Facebook said.