Moscow has muscled onto the world stage, refusing to blink on flashpoint issues from Ukraine to Syria. Guess who's not surprised? The onetime leaders of the former Soviet republics, who say the more Russia changes, the more it stays the same.
Most residents polled on the streets of Kyiv endorsed calls for the resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, calling him a “thief” and dismissing what they labeled his “so-called reforms,” although some said he deserves another chance. (Ukrainian Service)
Activists in Odesa demonstrated in front of the regional administration building demanding that Ukraine's cabinet of ministers resign and Odesa Mayor Mikheil Saakashvili be made Prime Minister. (Ukrainian Service)
Prompted by the country’s economic crisis and the dive in oil prices, Azerbaijan’s capital city is cutting back on expenditures, turning off public lighting at night.
A total of 194 lawmakers voted for the motion, 32 shy of the 226 votes needed to pass. But lawmakers approved a separate measure condemning the work of Yatsenyuk’s government in 2015 as unsatisfactory, paving the way for another vote during the parliament’s next session.
Yulia Tymoshenko withdrew the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party she leads from the government’s ruling coalition on February 17, a move that is likely to be followed by other parties and could cause the coalition’s collapse.
Approximately 10 percent of new businesses survive in Ukraine, but entrepreneurs persevere, contending with unreliable investors, wartime challenges, corruption, and bureaucracy. (Current Time TV)
Authorities demolished 86 small businesses in January that they say were constructed illegally, and plan to raze about 400 kiosks and shops in all.
Russian opposition politician Mikhail Volkov says he has brought a criminal case against Moscow municipal authorities, alleging they spent over $2.6 million in a trolling campaign on Russian social networks to build support for Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. (In Russian)
A January Levada Center poll found that 18 percent of Russian respondents are “definitely for” continued bombardments and 41 percent are “mostly for” them. Eleven percent are “definitely against” the bombardments and 16 percent are “mostly against” them. (Current Time TV)