Twenty-five years after Lithuania challenged Soviet rule, and amid speculation that Russia may again assert itself in the Baltic states, former Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis spoke with RFE/RL about the region’s continuing struggle for democracy and independence.
Ukrainians in an informal street poll mostly shrugged when asked what they would be willing to sacrifice to reclaim the peninsula, but some said they would commit time and some money.
Miners blocked a main road in western Ukraine to protest unpaid salaries in November and December.
Following the tenge’s drop on January 11 to its lowest level against the dollar since Kazakhstan floated the currency in August 2015, protesters gathered in front of Almaty’s ATF Bank and Fortebank offices demanding that their loans be recalculated.
Russian reactions on social media to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interview with German Bild magazine reflect much irony and skepticism, especially regarding his upbeat forecast for the country’s economy. (In Russian)
Noted Russian political analyst, journalist, and government critic Vladimir Pribylovsky has reportedly been found dead at the age of 59.
The imprisoned pilot’s lawyer Nikolai Polozov tweeted on January 12 that she had lost 15 kilograms since she began a hunger strike on December 17.
Akram Yuldashev, who headed an Islamic group known as Akramiya that was involved in demonstrations leading to a massacre in the city of Andijon in 2005, is confirmed to have died in prison in 2010.
Russia’s prime minister told the Gaidar Economic Forum that the decline of oil prices will require budget revisions, amid reports that a 10 percent budget sequestration is imminent. (Current Time TV)
Residents of the city of Agsu on January 13 protested price increases and problems with wage payments resulting from the plummeting value of the manat. Eyewitnesses claim that police fired tear gas into the crowd and used firearms. (Current Time TV)
INFOGRAPHIC:Who Makes The News?
The fifth Global Media Monitoring Project reports that in 2015 women made up only 24 percent of persons heard, read about, or seen in news media, indicating almost no progress in gender parity in the media over the past five years.