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Remembering Ukraine's Euromaidan Protests

Three years ago Ukraine's Euromaidan protesters took the streets of Kyiv to demand the resignation of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Crimean Journalist Asking For Separatism Charges To Be Dropped

Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributing reporter who faces separatist charges brought by Moscow-backed authorities in Crimea, has said he will file an appeal for the charges against him to be dropped.

Protests Spread In Belarus Against 'Parasite' Tax

Over a thousand demonstrators gathered on February 19 in Homel, the country's second largest city, as public protests against a tax aimed at getting people off welfare spread in Belarus.

Cat-And-Mouse In Baku

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been harassed, stalked, defamed, banned from traveling, and imprisoned. But what Ismayilova says happened to her earlier this month as she spoke to EU lawmakers by video conference may have charted new territory.


OTHER NEWS

Aliyev Appoints Wife As First Vice President Of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife as first vice president, a newly created post that puts her first in line to take over if he dies or is incapacitated.

France, Germany Decry Russia's Recognition Of Ukrainian Separatist Documents

France and Germany have criticized Moscow's recognition of documents issued by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the move undermines the peace process in the region.

Poroshenko Urges EU To Tighten Sanctions Against Russia

During a February 21 meeting with the EU’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, days after Moscow issued a decree recognizing passports of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pressed for tighter sanctions against Russia. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Obscure Ukraine Lawmaker Behind 'Peace Plan' Delivered To White House

A little-known Ukrainian lawmaker is in the spotlight after a report said a peace-for-sanctions-relief proposal that he says he co-authored ended up on the desk of U.S. President Donald Trump's short-lived national security adviser.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Combative 'Diplomatic Maestro' At UN, Dead At 64

Vitaly Churkin, a veteran Soviet and Russian diplomat who served as Moscow’s envoy to the United Nations as its ties with the West plunged to levels unseen since the Cold War, has died at the age of 64.

EU To Renew Asset Freeze Against Ukraine's Ex-President

EU ambassadors are expected to extend asset freezes against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and 15 of his associates for another year.

Austrian Court Grants U.S. Request For Extradition Of Ukrainian Tycoon Firtash

A court in Austria has overturned a previous court ruling and granted a U.S. request to extradite Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash to face bribery allegations.

Russian Opposition Politician Announces Candidacy For Moscow Mayor

Former Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov officially announced on February 21 his intention to run for the office of Moscow mayor in 2018 as a "single democratic candidate" nominated by the opposition Yabloko party. (Russian Service)

Vedomosti Owner Faces Possible Revocation Of Citizenship

A Moscow city court has ruled that Demyan Kudryavtsev, the owner of the newspapers Vedomosti and The Moscow Times, gave false information when applying for Russian citizenship seven years ago, a finding that could result in the revocation of his citizenship. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Online ‘Games’ Prod Teen Suicides In Russian-Speaking World

Across Russia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, child suicides have become a nearly daily occurrence, encouraged by participation in a ghoulish online "game" driven by Russian-language hashtags including "blue whale" and many others.

Aeroflot Accused Of Sidelining 'Old, Fat, Ugly' Flight Attendants

Experienced Aeroflot flight attendants say they are being denied the chance to work on international flights, because the carrier wants to use "younger, thinner" staff.

Azerbaijan’s Break-Away Nagorno-Karabakh Holds ‘Illegal’ Referendum

The separatists controlling Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region have strengthened their executive leader's powers in a referendum that international observers say was illegal.

Serbia's Nikolic Apparently Bows Out Of Presidential Race

Serbia's nationalist president, Tomislav Nikolic, has said he will not run for reelection in the country's upcoming election and will support the candidacy of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Kyrgyzstan Has Demanded Turkey Pay Damages For January Crash

Kyrgyzstan’s first vice premier has said his government has officially demanded that Turkey pay an estimated $3 million in damages caused by the fatal crash of a Turkish cargo plane near Bishkek on January 16. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

ANALYSIS: An Update on Georgia’s Military Reform

The spring draft got under way in Georgia this week under new guidelines intended to ensure that the country's armed forces conform as closely as possible to NATO standards -- even though it has little chance of being invited to join the alliance in the foreseeable future.

POLYGRAPH.Info: Is Russia Refusing To Transfer Presidential Plane Wreckage To Poland?

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