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PHOTOGALLERY: The Clock Is Ticking For Russia's 'Khrushchyovki'

PHOTOGALLERY: The Clock Is Ticking For Russia's 'Khrushchyovki'

VISUAL REPORTS

Questions Abound Over Salafism In Kyrgyzstan

Religious scholars say the fundamentalist Salafi movement of Islam, widely practiced in Saudi Arabia, is gaining ground in Kyrgyzstan.

The Abandoned Dogs Of Donbas

The conflict in Ukraine's Donbas region has driven countless residents to flee, leaving behind their homes, possessions, and sometimes their pets.

Hipster Honey Entrepreneur Brings Jobs To Russian Village

Guzel Sanzhapova started an artisan homemade honey shop and created dozens of jobs for a poor village in the Russian Urals.

Who Wants To Live Forever?

Cryonics is a long way from going mainstream, but Russia’s KrioRus, the first cryonics company set up outside the United States, says business is picking up.

OTHER NEWS

Everyone Seems To Have A Peace Plan For Ukraine

Amid a recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine and yet another failed cease-fire in the nearly 3-year-old conflict are a wave of new proposals to bring peace to the crisis-stricken nation -- including some unexpected places.

Ukrainian Lawmaker Says Kidnap Was Fake, Designed To Trap Criminals

In an unexpected twist, Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko says his reported kidnapping was actually a sting operation designed to trap an organized crime group.

Funeral Held For Russian UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told mourners at a Moscow funeral service for UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on February 24 that he was "an exceptional diplomat and a people’s diplomat."

Russia Appoints Temporary UN Ambassador

Russian media reports that Russian First Deputy Secretary to the UN Petr Ilichev will head the mission as Chargé d'affaires. (Russian Service)

Russian Opposition Politician 'Warned' Regarding Nemtsov March

Vladimir Milov, a lead organizer of a march planned for Feb. 26 to commemorate slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, has received a warning from Moscow prosecutors.

Belarus Withholds Recognition Of Separatist Passports In Ukraine

Belarus’s Ministry of Internal Affairs declared in a Feb. 22 statement that the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are "unrecognized territorial entities," and that documents issued by them would be considered invalid on the territory of Belarus. (Belarus Service)

Protests Continue In Belarus Against Construction Near Memorial Site

Dozens of activists protested for a fifth day against the construction of a business center near a site in Belarus where at least 30,000 people were killed and buried by Soviet authorities in the 1930s and 1940s.

Kazakh Blogger Jailed After Attempt To Report On Protest

A Kazakh blogger has been sent to jail for 15 days after he tried to report on a protest against the incarceration of an independent journalist.

Official Says Six Dead In Uzbek Chemical Plant Blast

An official in Uzbekistan told RFE/RL that an explosion at a chemical plant in the city of Ferghana on Feb. 23 killed six people.

Montenegro Sees NATO Membership By Late May

Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic has said he expects his country to become a full member of NATO at a summit in late May.

Bosnia Asks Hague Court To Review Ruling Clearing Serbia Of Genocide

Bosnia on February 23 formally asked the United Nations' top court to review a 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide charges during the 1990s civil war.

COMMENTARY: Turkmenistan: A Country For Old Men

According to an announcement made by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov in his inauguration address on February 17, Turkmenistan's rubberstamp parliament is about to lose its rubber stamp, again.

MOST READ/RUSSIA: Exile As Russia’s Response To Dissent

Arkady Babchenko, a popular Moscow journalist and blogger who recently fled from Russia to the Czech Republic, told RFE/RL that instead of repression, Russian authorities “now allow [critics] to leave the country with no possibility of return. They will jail you only if you don’t get the hint that it's time to leave.” (over 50K views on Russian Service website)

DOCUMENTARY: The Reindeer Herders

(Warning: this video contains graphic images.) The Zharkov family herds reindeer on the Arctic tundra of Russia's Taymyr Peninsula. RFE/RL spent several weeks with the family to document their way of life on the remote fringes of Russia. (Full Documentary)

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