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Russia today successfully launched a test smallsat on a Soyuz rocket.
No information has been released about the test payload, but the link above speculates it is a new lightweight remote sensing design.
This is the second of three launches scheduled for today. China is next, and soon.
The leaders in the 2018 launch standings, for the moment: