Ukraine’s presidential race is on, with a record-breaking 44 of at least 89 applicants green-lighted to run. The field features veteran politicians, a comedian, journalists, war veterans, career spies, accused criminals, and more.
The "Space Museum" in the small Ukrainian town of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy is housed in a 19th-century Orthodox church, one of many buildings that were repurposed or destroyed as part of an antireligion campaign during the Soviet era.
Kyrgyz state TV has been criticized for promoting domestic violence and bride kidnapping. A high-profile drama series shows a young woman forced to marry against her will but later falling in love with her kidnapper.
Since the end of December, residents of St. Petersburg have complained about poor snow removal and ice in the city that have led to numerous accidents and injuries, and several deaths. (Russian service)
On the second leg of his European tour that began in Hungary, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "I want to make sure that the Slovakian people understand that America is engaged, we're back."
Russia is planning to temporarily disconnect from the global Internet in the coming weeks as it tests its defenses against cyberattacks. Russian media reports the test, which will cut off all data routes connecting Russia to the outside cyberworld, will occur before April 1, though a firm date has yet to be set.
Those Fishy-Looking Russian Economic Stats Look A Lot Like Those Fishy-Looking Soviet Economic Stats
When Russia's state statistics agency released its initial estimates of 2018 economic growth on February 4, it caught economists, investment bankers and financial analysts off-guard. Rosstat's figure of reported GDP growth of 2.3 percent bettered even the most optimistic forecasts, with experts having predicted something in the range of 1.8 to 2.1 percent.
From the top on down, Ukrainian police and law enforcement officials are lining up on social media to air their admiration for Stepan Bandera, a hero of far-right extremists whose Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its military arm, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), fought both Soviet and Nazi forces during World War II but also carried out murderous campaigns against Poles and Jews.
Permanent representative of the IMF in Ukraine Gosta Ljungman told an audience in Kyiv that while the country has created institutions to fight corruption, the IMF has not yet seen “radical changes.” Ukraine is ranked 120 among 180 countries in Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perception Index, improving its ranking by 10 places from 130 in 2017. (Ukrainian Service)
Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General’s office has issued a detention order for Vladyslav Manher, head of the regional council in the southern region of Kherson, on suspicion that Manher organized an acid attack that killed anticorruption activist Kateryna Handzyuk last year.
Maryna Zolatava, editor of Belarus's largest independent news site Tut.by, is on trial following accusations that her publication and two others have illegally obtained information from a state-run news agency.
An Estonian court has found a former army officer and his father guilty of committing treason by selling classified information over the course of a decade to Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU.
Hungary’s Ministry of Defense is selling the country’s remaining MiG-29 inventory, including 19 aircraft, 20 engines and 293 spare parts and armaments. Hungary began replacing the jets, which it received from Russia in the 1990s as payment for Soviet debt, after joining NATO. (Russian Service)
The National Guard commander of the U.S. state of Iowa has cancelled a visit to Kosovo over Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s refusal to cancel 100 percent tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Former head of Uzbekistan's powerful security service Ikhtiyor Abdullaev is under criminal investigation, one day after President Shavkat Mirziyoev announced that Abdullaev had resigned his post for health reasons.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has dismissed long-serving Interior Minister Qalmukhanbet Qasymov, but handed him two potentially influential positions in his administration.
The chief judge of a court in western Kazakhstan has been fired in a case he says is politically motivated after his court acquitted an opposition activist in a high-profile case.
Tajik authorities have issued an arrest warrant in absentia for prominent journalist Khairullo Mirsaidov, whose 12-year prison sentence was changed to a fine and community service in August 2018 in a case widely seen as politically motivated.