A Bird's-Eye View Of Eastern Europe
Cartoons Portray Putin Brutally Tough On Corruption
The All-Russia Popular Front -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal, national support organization -- has quietly released a series of cartoon videos showing him employing gruesome methods to eliminate corrupt officials.
Moldova Protests Corruption
In a graphic demonstration of growing public outrage against corruption in Moldova, Anatol Matasaru, a civil rights activist, mounts an unconventional protest outside of Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center.
Soviet-Era Monument Torn Down In Eastern Ukraine
The crowd in Dnipropetrovsk on January 29 tore down a statue of Soviet-era leader Hryhoriy Petrovsky, one of the architects of the Holodomor, the mass famine that killed millions in the 1930s.
U.S. Lawmaker Urges Release Of Azeri Journalist
In a public letter to Azerbaijan’s president, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce has warned that the continued imprisonment of RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova and other journalists "will harm relations between our two countries."
Poroschenko Says Greater Risk Of Open War With Russia Now
In a February 3 interview with the German newspaper Bild, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russia had implemented "not one single point" of the Minsk accords and that the risk of open war is greater now than it was a year ago.
Putin Names New Military Intelligence Chief
The appointment of General Lieutenant Igor Korobov to head Russia’s military intelligence agency, known as the GRU, following the death of his predecessor in early January, suggests that continuity is the priority.
Ukraine Economy Minister Resigns
Announcing his resignation on February 3, Aivaras Abromavicius said, “I and my team do not want to be a cover for blatant corruption or to be puppets for those, who, in the style of the old regime, want to control public money.” (Current Time TV)
Ukraine Experts Speculate Over Cabinet Changes
With a government report due out on February 15 and two parliamentary factions calling for an overhaul of the Cabinet of Ministers, speculation is rife over whether Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will survive. (In Ukrainian)
‘Undesirables’ Expelled From Donetsk With No Right To Return
Leaders of the separatist-controlled Donetsk People’s Republic have expelled volunteers with the group Responsible Citizens, accusing them of cooperating with “undesirable” organizations, including Doctors Without Borders. (In Russian)
In Russia, Debt Collectors Get Violent
Dubbed "black bailiffs" and "vultures of the crisis," overzealous debt collectors are attacking rising consumer debt with threats and violence.