An unknown assailant set fire to a car belonging to an RFE/RL reporter in Lviv, Ukraine on January 30 in what police are calling an arson attack.
At least eight people demonstrating against proposed constitutional changes in Russia were detained in St. Petersburg on February 1. Police in riot gear targeted a few dozen activists whom they deemed to be violating public order.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for "real progress" in bilateral relations with Belarus following a meeting in Minsk with Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka on February 1. Lukashenka praised Pompeo for coming to Minsk “after various misunderstandings between Belarus and the U.S."
On February 1, a gathering of the Alliance for Serbia opposition coalition -- which has supported anti-government marches held in Belgrade every Saturday -- announced a boycott of the upcoming general elections. In the 61st march in a row against Serbia's public broadcaster, RTS, demonstrators accused it of pro-government bias.
The United States' new ambassador to Russia has urged Moscow to release Paul Whelan and accused the Russian authorities of "shameful treatment" of the former U.S. Marine, who is accused of spying.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has kicked off the last day of his trip to Eastern Europe and Central Asia by reaffirming Washington's commitment to developing further bilateral ties with Uzbekistan.
Russia says it plans to deport foreigners diagnosed with the new coronavirus, as Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin told a televised government meeting on February 3 that an annual investment forum later in the month in Sochi had been postponed. There have been two confirmed cases of the virus in Russia, both of which involved Chinese citizens.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has disclosed in televised remarks that Iran offered $80,000 per victim after it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet in Tehran on January 8. Zelenskiy said Ukraine did not accept the offer because "it was too little," and “would push for more” compensation for families of the victims.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who played a key role in the U.S. House hearings on the impeachment of President Donald Trump last November, has retired from the State Department, according to U.S. media reports on January 31.
A female combat medic was killed on February 1 near the front-line town of Novotoshkivske in the Luhansk region, and Sergeant Klavdia Sytnyk, 33, came under fire while delivering medical supplies to a combat post and sustained fatal shrapnel wounds to her chest.
Poland signed a $4.6 billion deal with the United States on January 31 for the purchase of 32 of its advanced F-35 fighter jets to enhance air defense on NATO's eastern flank at a time of increased Russian military activity.
Bulgarian gambling czar Vasil Bozhkov has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates on charges he is facing at home of tax fraud, attempted bribery, and organized crime. One of Bulgaria's richest men, the 63-year-old Bozhkov has dominated the country's gaming business since the early 1990s after the fall of communism.
Georgia Extends Lobbying Contract With Trump-Tied Firm Amid Congressional Frustration Over Democracy
The Georgian government has renewed a lobbying contract with a U.S. firm with ties to President Donald Trump amid growing Congressional concern over the country’s commitment to democracy. Chartwell Strategy Group, founded by David Tamasi -- who served as finance chair for the Trump Victory Fund -- will lobby the White House and Congress on behalf of Georgia, according to Foreign Agent Registration Act filings published by the Justice Department on January 31.
Kosovo's leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) party and the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo have signed a deal to form a new government, nearly four months after the Balkan country held snap general elections.
Four Islamic State (IS) extremists that Dushanbe is trying to extradite from Syria include Tajik militants linked to dozens of terrorist attacks and a notorious online propaganda campaign aimed at recruiting fighters to the IS.
Tajikistan's state prosecutor has confirmed that independent journalist Daler Sharifov has been detained on charges of “extremism.” A court on January 30 had placed the 32-year-old journalist in pretrial detention for two months on suspicion of "inciting ethnic, racial, and religious discord."
Some residents of Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, say they have resorted to digging through refuse to look for food and other items as a devastating economic crisis tightens its grip on the hermetic Central Asian country.