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VISUAL REPORTS

Burned Out In Rostov

Hundreds of Russians have been made homeless by fires. Were they victims of arson attacks launched by property developers?

Ukraine Monitors Cease-Fire Violations With U.S.-Supplied Radars

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says it's using sophisticated U.S.-supplied Firefinder radars to monitor cease-fire violations by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

A Look Inside One Of Russia's Last Guitar Factories

This guitar factory in Izhevsk, Russia, is struggling mightily to survive as its traditional methods meet with competition from cheaper musical instruments made abroad.

OTHER NEWS

Washington To Get Boris Nemtsov Plaza In Front Of Russian Embassy

Local authorities in Washington, D.C. have approved a measure to rename the street in front of Russia's embassy after slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

U.S. Denies Involvement In Drone Attacks On Russian Assets In Syria

The Pentagon has rejected Russian insinuations that U.S. forces were involved in recent drone attacks against Russia's air base and its naval facility in western Syria.

Kazakhstan's Nazarbaev To Meet With Trump At White House

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev at the White House on January 16, to discuss “ways to strengthen and enhance our strategic partnership,” the White House has said.

Nazarbaev Sets Out National Agenda In Annual, Prerecorded Address

In a pre-recorded annual address to the nation titled New Opportunities For Development Under Conditions Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution, long-ruling Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev praised Kazakhstan as a transit hub, announced plans to increase income from transit to $5 billion by 2020, and declared the goal of joining the world’s 30 most-developed nations. (in Russian, Kazakh Service)

Rights Groups Condemn Charges Against Memorial Head In Chechnya

Human Rights groups in Russia and abroad are condemning the detention of leading activist Oyub Titiyev in Chechnya on a narcotics charge they contend is fabricated, and are calling for his immediate release.

Russian Serial Killer On Trial For Murder Of 60 More Women

Former Russian police officer Mikhail Popkov, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for the killings of 22 women, is on trial again, charged with murdering 60 more women.

Ukrainian Court Arrests Suspect In Activist Lawyer's Murder

A Ukrainian court has arrested a suspect in the killing of activist lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska that sparked public outrage and underscored concerns about the justice system in Ukraine.

Minsk Barbershop Elicits Buzz By Evoking Soviet-Era Secret Police

A pair of barbers in Belarus’s capital have named their shop “Chekist” - a reference to secret police whose reputation for brutality could make the hair on some people's necks stand on end -- hoping it might attract a new generation to get their hair cut.

Moldova Standoff Deepens As Parliament Bypasses President

Moldovan President Igor Dodon has used a Facebook post to threaten to mobilize mass protests after the chairman of the country’s parliament bypassed him to approve new ministers and a ban on Russian news broadcasts. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Macedonian Deputy PM In Athens For Talks On Name Dispute

Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani met on January 9 with Greek officials in Athens in an effort to settle a decades-old dispute over the name Macedonia.

Beloved Russian Comic Actor Derzhavin Dead At 81

Mikhail Derzhavin, a Russian comic actor widely beloved for his roles in numerous iconic films of the Soviet era, has died at the age of 81.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost Of Russia’s Rights Violations

FURTHER AFIELD: Over 100,000 Businesses Harmed By Internet Filtering In Iran

PRESSROOM: One Minute With…RFE/RL Russian Service’s Melanie Bachina

Bachina comments on her documentary about the life and violent death of journalist Pavel Sheremet, and what is important for journalists in Russia today.

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