The activist/art group “What is to be done?” produced what it describes as anti-fascist posters to mark the anniversary of the 2009 murders of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova by neo-Nazis in Moscow.
Under new rules passed last autumn, some Ukrainian refugees will have to leave Russia by February 1, possibly returning to a war zone they had fled.
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Security forces have used water cannon and tear gas against protesters in Azerbaijan's northeastern Quba district as unrest spreads over worsening economic conditions.
Georgia’s opposition condemned reports of Gazprom’s entry into the Georgian gas market, saying it would regard any deal as a conspiracy by leading shareholder and former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili for personal gain, at the expense of the country’s national interests. (Current Time TV)
Last year’s brutal slaying of an entire family, blamed on a soldier with Russia’s 102nd military base in the Armenian city Gyumri, has sparked debate over the continued presence of Russian armed forces on Armenian soil.
Russia’s culture minister has denied any responsibility for the burning of more than 50 books by a local college on grounds they contained ideas "alien to Russian ideology."
Former Russian National Bank Vice Governor Sergey Aleksashenko told RFE/RL that the Russian economy has adjusted to the currency devaluation, but that Russia’s budget has not, the population is poorer, and that this year’s legislative elections will serve as a referendum on the current government. (In Russian)
Cossacks claiming to “restore public order” raided a mixed Slavic-Tatar community in Crimea after unknown persons painted a local bus stop in the colors of the Ukrainian national flag. (In Russian)
In a response to remarks made by Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov labeling opposition members “traitors,” Russia Duma member Konstantin Senchenko posted a video on Facebook denouncing him as a national “disgrace.” (In Russian)
Commenting on the trade ministry’s plan to put the Odesa port plant up for auction in March, Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that a purchase price below one billion USD would be criminal. (Current Time TV)
In interviews with RFE/RL, Kazakh citizens, beset with economic hardships not seen since the 1990s and mindful of that decade’s failed efforts, expressed concerns about plans to privatize the country’s biggest enterprises.
The Simferopol and Crimea diocese has announced that it will pray on January 19 for the salvation, preservation, and success of the peninsula’s tourist season. (Current Time TV)