The upper house of Russia’s parliament is reportedly considering a bill that would define sovereignty and criminalize violations against it.
The controversial list was widely criticized for being a "copy-paste" of Forbes' Russia rich list.
Most respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow were cautiously optimistic, with several saying that improvement is possible if people are “kinder” to each other. One said that confrontation will continue, since no one is willing to admit mistakes; another warned that further deterioration will have negative consequences for all humanity. (Russian Service)
Hundreds of people protested in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, against dangerous levels of air pollution.
Russian social-media users did not appear to be impressed with the fruits of the U.S. Treasury Department's monthslong effort to identify "oligarchs" and officials close to President Vladimir Putin.
The directors of Russia's three main intelligence and espionage agencies all traveled to the U.S. capital in recent days, in what observers said was a highly unusual occurrence coming at a time of heightened U.S.- Russian tensions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree naming the 23rd fighter aviation regiment the "Tallinn" regiment, after the capital of neighboring Estonia.
A Russian court has convicted former Kirov Oblast Governor Nikita Belykh of taking a bribe, delivering a widely expected guilty verdict after the high-profile trial of the prominent liberal politician.
Police in Moscow have questioned Pavel Nikulin, an independent journalist who came under fire from the state last year over an article about a Russian man who joined Islamist militants in Syria.
The Russian federal security service (FSB) has reported detaining members of a so-called “network” who were allegedly plotting a terrorist attack ahead of Russia’s March presidential elections. From year to year, the closer Russia gets to the elections, the more successful the operations of the FSB appear to be. These include dozens of captured “militants,” and even the prevention of an assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Current Time TV has compiled a list. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
The world's top sports court has overturned lifetime Olympic bans for 39 Russian athletes in a blow to the International Olympic Committee's policy following the Russian sports-doping scandal.
Russia has successfully launched a Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying 11 satellites from the Vostochny Spaceport in Russia’s far east Amur region. Rocket failure during a previous launch in November resulted in the loss of 19 satellites. (Russian Service)
The Ukrainian government has fired tax and customs service chief Roman Nasirov, who was suspended from the post after his arrest on suspicion of embezzlement in March 2017.
A January 28 gathering in Kyiv is the latest incident to raise alarm among Ukrainian rights defenders about the far-right ultranationalist Azov movement, a controversial group with a military wing that has openly accepted self-avowed neo-Nazis, and a civil and political faction that has demonstrated intolerance toward minority groups.
The Polish Senate has approved a bill that sets fines or up to three years in jail for anyone who refers to Nazi German concentrations camps as "Polish death camps" or accuses Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has dismissed longtime National Security Service chief Rustam Inoyatov, removing an influential insider who had been seen as his rival.
Customers of a state-run internet provider in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, report being disconnected while trying to use proxy servers to access websites that are blocked inside the country. One person told RFE/RL that when he called the company’s customer service, he was asked whether he was using a proxy and told if he continues, his internet access would be blocked altogether. The provider refused to comment on the matter. (in Russian, Turkmen Service)
A Syrian National Dialogue Congress, convened at Moscow’s invitation in Sochi on January 29-30, was marked by misunderstanding. Some attendees booed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while he was giving a speech, accusing Moscow of killing thousands of innocent civilians through air strikes. (over 69k views on Russian Service website)