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Door To Lift Sanctions -- Sealed By Avdiyivka, Crimea, Aleppo (RFE/RL Ukrainian Service)


Ukrainians Mourn Soldiers Killed Fighting Separatists

Ukrainians gathered in central Kyiv to mourn seven soldiers killed in combat with Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.

Retrial Of Kremlin Critic Navalny Resumes In Kirov

The retrial of prominent Russian opposition activist Aleksei Navalny has resumed in the city of Kirov.

Czech Prime Minister Pledges Action After Hack On Government

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced measures to improve his country's cyberdefenses, one day after the Czech Foreign Ministry said that a group apparently backed by a foreign power had hacked thousands of officials' e-mails.

Romanians Protest After Government Repeals Corruption Laws

More than 10,000 Romanians protested outside the main government buildings in Bucharest after an emergency decree was announced which decriminalizes a number of offenses relating to corruption and abuse of power.

U.S. Tanks Join Military Drills In Poland

U.S. tanks and troops flexed some military muscle in Poland on January 30 during drills aimed at reassuring NATO allies in Eastern Europe.


Kremlin Critic Hospitalized With Symptoms Resembling 2015 Poison Scare

Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., a Kremlin critic whose sudden and severe illness in 2015 led to suspicions that he was poisoned, has been hospitalized in Moscow.

War Returns With A Fury To Embattled Ukrainian City

War returned with a fury four days ago to the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiyivka, with deadly fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists reported up and down the 450-kilometer front line.

EU's Tusk Says Fighting Must Stop In Ukraine

European Council President Donald Tusk is calling on Russia to use its influence with separatists in eastern Ukraine to end an upsurge of fighting.

Ukraine Contact Group Urges Immediate Cease-Fire Amid Surging Violence

Meeting in Minsk on February 1, the Trilateral Contact Group, which is attempting to regulate the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has urged both sides to adhere to the agreed cease-fire and to withdraw heavy weaponry away from the contact line.

Poroshenko Plans Referendum On Ukraine Joining NATO

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told German media that he is planning a referendum on whether Ukraine should join NATO.

Russian Lawyer Says FSB Officers, Kaspersky Manager Charged With Treason

А Russian lawyer has confirmed the arrests of two Federal Security Service officers and a manager at a Russian cybersecurity company on treason charges, and that they are suspected of passing classified information to U.S. intelligence.

European Court Orders Russia To Pay Navalny For Wrongful Detention

A February 2 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to pay anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny 63,700 Euros as compensation for detaining him seven times at public rallies in 2012 and 2014, denying his right to peaceful assembly. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Russia Establishes Security Zone On Belarus Border

In response to a recent announcement that Belarus will relax visa requirements for some short-term visitors, Russia's Federal Security Service has established a security zone with border controls along its shared frontier.

Putin Heads To Budapest Amid Concerns Over EU Unity

Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to Hungary for his second visit in two years, a development that has many in the European Union concerned.

Russian Activist Who Praised Orlando Massacre Fined

A Russian court has convicted a youth activist of terrorism-related offenses for a social-media post praising the mass killing at a gay nightclub in Florida last year, but declined to sentence him to prison.

Russian Vacations Abroad Down Sharply Since 2014

Citing data from leading Russian travel agencies, Kommersant, the Russian business daily, has reported that the number of Russians going abroad for vacations more than once a year has halved since 2014.

European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Schengen Travel For Georgia

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to approve visa liberalization for Georgia, paving the way for Georgians to travel to the European Union's Schengen zone without obtaining visas.

Turkmen Officials Deny President Is Exchanging Gifts For Votes

In advance of Turkmenistan’s February 12 elections, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has been traversing the country, meeting with voters and presenting many of them with free vacations and TV sets. Turkmen law prohibits candidates for public office and their relatives and support groups from providing financial incentives in exchange for votes, but officials with the country’s Central Election Commission have denied the President is mixing his official duties with campaigning. (in Russian, Turkmen Service)

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