France is the next big showdown in the new Cold War of ideas between Western liberalism and Moscow-backed illiberalism.
Activists demonstrated in Moscow on February 12 to protest a new law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence in Russia.
Hundreds of migrants and refugees in Belgrade have received wood stoves to help them keep warm.
Authorities in Belarus aim to replace many local libraries with books on wheels, including home delivery to the elderly in some villages.
Japanese officials said they have protested a decision by Moscow to give names to five formerly unnamed islands of a disputed chain known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia.
Russia has denied carrying out media and Internet attacks against French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.
The resignations of the governors of Russia’s Ryazan and Novgorod regions are being interpreted as part of a Kremlin-orchestrated effort to cull local authorities. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that the replacement of governors is likely to continue. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Russia’s defense ministry has announced a tender for the purchase of more than 20,000 medals to recognize distinguished service in the military operation in Syria. This follows a similar tender, also for personnel involved in Syria, for 10,000 medals in the spring of 2016. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Locals in Russia's northern capital who oppose a government plan to hand control of the iconic St. Isaac's Cathedral over to the Russian Orthodox Church have vowed to continue mass protests and other actions.
Anatoly Bannykh, a former deputy governor of Russia’s Siberian Altai region who was notorious for organizing VIP trips to hunt rare animals, is believed to have died in a helicopter crash in the region with other members of an illegal hunting team. Bannykh survived a crash in 2009 that claimed the lives of seven people who were allegedly hunting protected species in Altai’s Saylyugemskiy National Park.(Russian Service)
A recent study by the Ukrainian NGO Media Detector and Kyiv’s International Institute of Sociology found that, despite a decline in public trust in the mass media, especially in the country’s southern regions, national television continues to be the main source of information for Ukrainians, with conversations among friends and relatives ranking second. (Ukrainian Service)
A Belarusian official says an order requiring Ukrainian author Serhiy Zhadan to leave the country and barring him from entry was rescinded after high-level officials intervened.
The European Parliament has taken a key step toward visa-free travel for Georgians and Ukrainians to the Schengen zone.
Romania's parliament has agreed to hold a referendum on public support for fighting corruption.
The U.S. - based Committee To Protect Journalists has called on Kazakhstan to release an independent journalis who was imprisoned last week on allegations of money laundering.
Police in Kyrgyzstan’s southern district of Kara-Suu have detained eight alleged members of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Fair elections advocates Grigory Melkonyants and Elena Lukyanova both maintain that Russia’s constitution grants Alexey Navalny the right to register for the presidential campaign and overrides restrictions in the election law. They advise that Navalny first contest a municipal election as a precondition for registering with the Election Commission, whereas Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny’s electoral campaign, says that registration is “a political matter, not a legal one, and that Russia’s Constitutional court will do what the Kremlin says.” (Russian Service)