‘Authoritarian Modernization’? ‘Generational Overhaul’? Azerbaijani Vote Grants President Majority Needed For Power Shift
Sunday’s snap elections in Azerbaijan have delivered the votes necessary to allow President Ilham Aliyev to remove elites associated with his father and consolidate power.
Ukraine's president has asked Pope Francis for help in securing the release of prisoners of war held by Russia and by Russia-backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine.
Three Ukrainian villages lie beyond their country's last border post on the road to Belarus, complicating life for the inhabitants, who must pass through border checks to enter their own country.
Fifty years ago, the Soviet Union inaugurated the town of Pripyat, built to house workers of the Chernobyl power plant. One nuclear engineer, Oleksiy Breus, told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service about his memories of Pripyat -- and of the historic disaster that he witnessed.
Russia's foreign minister is visiting Venezuela in a show of support for Nicolas Maduro, as Moscow tries to bolster the South American country's president amid a collapsing economy and the threat of more U.S. sanctions.
Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service has included more than 200 followers of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious movement in the list of organizations and individuals involved in extremist activities or terrorism. Most people on the list have already been convicted for “organization or participation in the activities of an extremist organization,” or are under investigation without a court decision. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Russia’s defense ministry will reportedly spend $4.69 million on the purchase of “religious items” and plaster ornaments for a newly constructed temple dedicated to the armed forces, a sum that far exceeds the $391,196 originally allocated. The contracts appear to be single-sourced to an undisclosed supplier. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Police in the Russian capital have detained a group of activists protesting expanded government surveillance on February 9 after the demonstrators gathered outside the presidential administration with their faces demonstratively painted to evade facial-recognition tools.
Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Dzmitry Krutoy has been quoted as saying Minsk will pay "global market" prices for oil from Russia this year.
Two of three Ukrainian men suspected of stealing the equivalent of $1.51 million from automated-teller machines operated by a Russian state-owned bank in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been placed in pretrial detention.
Kyiv City Council has granted a decades-old willow tree the status of a botanical monument in honor of Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi in the same neighborhood where he was filmed in a 1986 movie shot in Ukraine's capital.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said during a February 7 visit to Kyiv that his country would like to improve relations with Ukraine amid a dispute over a controversial language law.
Prague is expected to rename a square where the Russian Embassy is located after slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Pod Kastany Square could be officially renamed on February 27, the fifth anniversary of Nemtsov's killing.
Armenia is set to hold a referendum on constitutional changes in April, in an attempt by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian to remove a majority of judges on the country’s Constitutional Court. According to proposals, seven of nine judges would be replaced by new judges confirmed by the National Assembly in which Pashinian’s My Step bloc holds a majority.
More than 1,000 Kazakh nationals who fled to Kyrgyzstan following reports of interethnic clashes have crossed the border to return home. The clashes, between Kazakhs and Dungans, a Muslim group of Chinese origin, erupted on February 8 in some of the worst ethnic violence in years in Kazakhstan’s southern Zhambyl region. Ten people have been confirmed dead.
Tajikistan is aiming to cut the term of mandatory military service from two years to 18 months, according to the country's justice minister. He said one of the goals of the reform is to put an end to mass raids conducted by law enforcement agencies to try to locate young men seeking to avoid serving.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has appointed his son Serdar to head the country’s Ministry of Industry and Construction, a promotion that comes less than a year after Serdar Berdymukhammedov, 38, assumed the post of a provincial governor.