Afghanistan took delivery of 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia on February 24.
As countries across the Balkans prevent migrants from crossing their frontiers, hundreds of people, primarily Afghans, are finding themselves stranded at border crossings. (RFE/RL’s Balkan Service)
Residents of Sayanogorsk, a town in Russia’s Siberian Khakassia region that hasn’t had a water main for 50 years, gathered to protest against a ten-fold increase in the price of water. (Current Time TV)
A protest by about 1,000 Georgian miners grew violent as the workers, who currently earn the equivalent of about $200 per month, demanded better pay and improved working conditions.
Reflecting concerns across the region about religious extremism, the commission that oversees Kyrgyzstan’s 101 madrasahs has begun a certification process that is expected to force most of the headmasters out of their jobs.
Ukraine has signed a $100 million deal with U.S. agricultural giant Cargill to build a major grain-export terminal at the Odesa port that Washington's ambassador said could help turn the country into an agricultural "superpower."
Alexander Khodakovskiy, ommander of the separatist battalion “East,” spoke to RFE/RL about the support his forces received from Russian political advisors, and infighting among leaders of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. (Current Time TV)
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accepted a Russian proposal to lift mutual bans on cargo truck transits the two countries imposed earlier this month.
The taxi service Uber is not yet in Kyiv, but local cab drivers are protesting what they believe are plans by Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitchko to bring the company to Ukraine’s capital city, at the cost of their jobs. (In Ukrainian)
Russian leaders are in Minsk to attend the meeting of the State Council of the Union States of Belarus and Russia, but many speculate that the real purpose of the trip is to discuss the construction of a Russian airbase in Belarus in exchange for a massive loan. (Current Time TV)
The December resignation of Irakli Gharibashvili from the post of prime minister put an end to two years of friction between him and Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, but the latter remains a divisive figure within the country’s ruling, five-party Georgian Dream coalition.
A threat by a suspected fighter with the Islamic State (IS) militant group against Bosnia-Herzegovina’s most senior Islamic cleric has prompted fears about the operational reach of IS and other extremist organizations.
Prominent Sarajevo-based author and screenwriter Abdula Sidran says that only the formal phase of the war in Bosnia has ended. Political dysfunction, nationalism, and corruption continue to force people to leave the country, leading to the disappearance of Bosnian Muslims and threatening Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state. (In Russian)
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