Events marking the memory of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, shot dead on February 27, 2015, took place over the weekend in numerous cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Saratov. (RFE/RL's Russian Service and Current Time TV)
This is where Russia and the European Union meet: the twin towns of Narva, in Estonia, and Ivangorod, in Russia, separated by a short bridge, but united by ties of blood and language. (Current Time TV).
At St. Petersburg’s Alexandrinsky Theatre, actors are rehearsing a new play that brings together Russians, immigrants, and Russian-born minorities on stage.
A group of activists calling themselves "LGBT Special Forces" performed street theater in St. Petersburg to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
More than 3,000 people have demonstrated in regional centers across Belarus against an unpopular new law that targets the unemployed.
After nearly 13 years as Russia's top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov is the incredible shrinking foreign minister, marginalized and excluded from the decision-making process in Moscow.
Thousands have marched in Moscow to commemorate slain Kremlin critic and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, who was killed on a bridge steps from the Kremlin two years ago.
Police have reportedly detained six activists at an improvised memorial near the Kremlin where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down two years ago.
Russian President Vladimir Putin began a two-day, three-nation tour of Central Asia on February 27, seeking to shore up ties with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
The United States has called on Russia to "immediately" observe a cease-fire deal in eastern Ukraine, saying that a combined force from Russia’s military and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine had been targeting international monitors.
Russian political activist Ildar Dadin has been released from prison, days after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
In an asset transfer process that began two years ago, Russian state oil company Rosneft is planning to sell a 51 percent stake in Grozneftegaz, together with other assets in the region, to Chechnya for approximately $216.5 million. (RFE/RL Caucasus Reality regional website)
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi on February 27 that “the situation in the labor market is stable,” adding that the next five years will not be easy for the labor market, but because of the lack of skilled workers, not unemployment. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Since the beginning of 2017, Russia’s Duma has reviewed numerous new legislative initiatives to rein in potentially dangerous actions by airline passengers.
A spokesperson for Ukraine’s Security Service has told Ukrainian media that the budget for the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic for the first quarter of 2017 is approximately $190.5 million, of which $34.6 million is funded by regional authorities with the remainder financed by the Foundation for the Support of International Humanitarian Projects, a charity financed by a bank in Moscow. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko met with Ukrainian prisoners in areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists on February 24, irking many of her compatriots in Kyiv.
The European Union decided on February 27 to prolong its weapons embargo on Belarus by another year and to leave a visa ban and asset freezes on four Belarusian citizens in place.
Azerbaijan and the separatists controlling the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region have traded accusations over armed clashes along the heavily militarized line of contact.
Thousands of Romanians revived antigovernment protests in Bucharest during the weekend, renewing demands that the government step down amid accusations it sought to weaken laws against official corruption.
Roman Zakharov, a civic activist who left Russia because of political pressure, says that Russia’s telephone surveillance system surpasses that used during the Soviet period, and recent laws provide no legal mechanism to enable citizens to prove their phones are tapped. He told RFE/RL that a law passed in the 1990s “requires all operators to connect to the SORM system [System for Operative Investigative Activities] and allows for the use of a black-box that even telecom operators are unaware of.” (over 40k views on Russian Service website)