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U.S. Lawmakers Call For Lethal Weapons For Ukraine

Citing a "confrontational" Russian President Vladimir Putin, two U.S. lawmakers say the time has come for the United States to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to better defend itself against Moscow-backed separatists.

Russian High Court Orders Release Of Political Activist Dadin

Russia's Supreme Court ordered the release of political activist Ildar Dadin after throwing out a conviction that he participated in multiple unsanctioned protests.

Ukrainians March To Remember Maidan Dead

Ukrainian activists marched through the center of Kyiv to honor protesters who were killed in antigovernment demonstrations three years ago.

Russia's Ingushetia Commemorates 1944 Deportation Victims

Residents of the Russian region of Ingushetia are commemorating the victims of the Soviet Union's 1944 deportation of Ingush and Chechens from the North Caucasus.

From First Lady to First Vice President

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mehriban, the "first vice president," further consolidating his family's 24-year grip on power.


Russia Launches New Project To Track 'Fake News'

Russia has embraced the buzzword "fake news" to dismiss coverage it considers unfair or flat-out wrong -- even as Western governments accuse Moscow of exploiting false and misleading news for political gain. Now it's launched a project aimed at refuting reports it deems "false."

Poroshenko Says He Has 'Built Bridges' With Trump Administration

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was satisfied he has established a dialogue with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration despite concerns in Kyiv that Trump might sacrifice ties with Ukraine in favor of a closer relationship with Russia.

Who Is Paul Manafort's Man In Kyiv?

An elusive Ukrainian associate of Paul Manafort says he briefed the former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump about Ukraine during last year's presidential race.

Russia To Build Reichstag Theme-Park For Young Cadets To Storm

Russia's defense minister says a replica of the German Reichstag will be built at a military-theme park outside Moscow so that young cadets can emulate their Red Army forebears who seized the iconic building in the 1945 Soviet offensive on Nazi Berlin.

Baku Blacklists EU Lawmakers, Researchers Over Karabakh Visits

Baku has added three members of the European Parliament and several European researchers to its international wanted list over their visits to Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.

China's Largest Construction Company Is Winning The Tajik Market

China’s Zhejiang Asia Building Decoration Ltd, which designs and builds luxury hotels and residential complexes, has signed a contract with Tajikistan Asia Construction Ltd to buy 67 percent of its shares, and announced plans to invest $170 million in Tajikistan’s economy. (Tajik Service)

COMMENTARY: Decades-Old Court Case Rankles Bosnia

COMMENTARY: In Syria And Ukraine, Russia Positions Itself As Solution To Problems It Created

THE POWER VERTICAL: The Kremlin's Fake Fake-News Debunker

MOST READ/RUSSIA: How Does The Kremlin Rule Russian Media?

Senior Kremlin official Sergey Kirienko convened a meeting on Feb. 17 with representatives of ten influential, Russian media outlets, including TV Rain, TASS, Vedomosti, and Kommersant, to discuss the status of St. Isaac's Cathedral, upcoming presidential elections, and appointments of Russian governors, and to issue instructions on coverage. (over 65k views on Russian Service website)

MEDIA RELEASE: RFE/RL Welcomes Release Of Turkmen Journalist, Calls For Additional Steps

POLYGRAPH.Info: Lavrov Says Georgia Too Dangerous For Russia To Lift Visa Sanctions.

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