Opposition politician Ilya Yashin contended with disruptive stunts and bomb threats as he presented a report accusing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov of implementing Shari’a law, participating in organized crime, and amassing a personal army.
A Russian TV report about the rape of a 13-year-old Russian-German girl by migrants in Berlin was untrue, and shines a light on how Russia’s state-controlled media manipulates public opinion in Germany.
What initially looked like an improvised attempt at a few points along Ukraine’s border with Russia to thwart attacks is part of an elaborate government plan to build a defensive barrier along the entire 2,000 kilometer frontier. (Current Time TV)
Workers and customs officials are campaigning against bribery at Kyiv’s Boryspil airport. Similar efforts at other border crossings are underway. (Ukrainian Service)
Truckers gathered in front of the infrastructure ministry on February 23 to protest matching Ukrainian and Russian bans on cross-border transit, demanding that restrictions be lifted to allow the transport of goods to Asian and Scandinavian countries. (Ukrainian Service)
Presenting his report on the Chechen leader to a Moscow audience on February 23, opposition politician Ilya Yashin labeled him “a time bomb” that could ignite another Chechen war, and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of creating and abetting Kadyrov’s tyrannical regime. (In Russian)
Opposition leader Aleksei Navalny welcomed the February 23 decision, saying in a statement, "The time will come when we can obtain justice in a Russian court, and not only in the ECHR.”
Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and 7.5 year prison sentence of the Caucasus nation's noted lawyer Intiqam Aliyev. He is recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.
A report issued on February 24 by the British group known as Bellingcat links higher-ups in Russia's military chain of command to the tragedy, and provides additional detail to earlier investigations into the July 2014 downing of MH17.
Ukrainian political analyst Viktor Bala told RFE/RL that the parliament may lack the 226 votes necessary to dismiss Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin. He speculated that Anatolii Matios, currently the country’s chief military prosecutor, could succeed him. (In Ukrainian)
Facing possible prosecution at home, two Belarusian citizens, who fought along separatists in Ukraine’s self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, believe they were carrying on the legacy of their grandparents, who fought in World War II. (In Belarusian)
Taking into consideration the country’s capital expenses, planned mega-projects, the fall of personal incomes, and society’s enduring hope for miracle cures, former Minister of the Economy Andrei Nechayev expects Russia to contend with stagnation, if not recession, in the years ahead. (In Russian)
In a survey of 230 cities globally, the 2016 Mercer Quality of Life Report gives Minsk a score of 190, the lowest for any city in Europe. Moscow is ranked 207 for safety, and Kyiv is ranked 189. Baghdad and Damascus received the lowest scores across the board. (Current Time TV)
Nowhere in the world has Russia reconfigured the balance of power over the last decade as effectively as it has in the strategic Black Sea region.