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Macedonia Uses Tear Gas Against Migrants

Macedonian police have fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of migrants who were trying to storm across the border from Greece on February 29.

Moscow March Mourns Boris Nemtsov

Thousands of people marched in honor of the slain opposition politician on February 27, one year after he was shot dead near the Kremlin. Five suspects have been charged in the case, but the identity of the mastermind behind the killing remains unknown.

Suspicion And Indifference One Year After Nemtsov Killing

RFE/RL's Current Time TV asked Moscow residents to share their thoughts about Nemtsov's assassination.

Former Moldova President Speaks Of Balancing ‘Big Brother’ Politics

In this exclusive interview, part of RFE/RL’s “Russia & Me” video project, Moldova's ex-president Petru Lucinschi says it's possible to have it all – to be pro-Moldovan, pro-Russian,and pro-European at once.

Georgians Show Support For Striking Miners

Georgians rallied in the capital, Tbilisi, to show support and raise money for striking miners, who are in the 13th day of a strike in the western city of Tkibuli.

Belarus Activist Makes Graphic Pitch for Deaf Rights

Belarusian activist Mikhail Kovko, wearing special gloves, set his hands on fire to attract the authorities' attention to the problems of the deaf, including their lack of access to emergency services. Kovko wasn’t injured, but he was fined. (Current Time TV)


Power Vertical PODCAST: The Nemtsov Legacy

Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University and an expert on Russia's security services, and Marc Bennetts, author of the recently published book I'm Going To Ruin Their Lives: Inside Putin's War On Russia's Opposition, join Brian Whitmore in a discussion of the slain politician’s career.

Yabloko Party Proposes Grigory Yavlinsky For Presidency

Announcing the party leader’s nomination at the Yabloko party congress on February 28, chairman Emilia Slabunova called Yavlinsky a leader who can ensure Russia’s pro-European development. Prominent opposition politicians Vladimir Ryzhkov and Dmitry Gudkov announced they and others would join Yabloko’s candidate list for parliamentary elections in September, 2016. (In Russian)

Kadyrov Says He's Ready To Step Down

In an interview with Kremlin-allied NTV television, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, whose current term of office is due to end in early April, said "my time has passed."

Putin Insiders Reign In Government Contract Ranking

Four of the top five private beneficiaries of Russian government contracts in 2015 are individuals widely seen as members of Putin's inner circle, a Forbes analysis published this week shows, netting a total of $12.8 billion in state orders.

Russian Women Get Jury Trial

Russia’s constitutional court has overturned a provision of the criminal code adopted two years ago that deprives women of the right to a jury trial for capital crimes. (In Russian)

Gasoline Tax Hike Planned In Russia

A February 29 statement on the president’s official website announces new excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel effective April 1. Resulting retail gas prices are expected to rise 6 - 7 percent, yielding an additional 90 billion rubles in state revenue. (Current Time TV)

Computer Game Creator Is Belarus’s First Billionaire

Belarusian gaming magnate Victor Kislyi’s net worth has crossed the $1 billion threshold. He is the CEO of, a game-developer company that produced World of Tanks, a multi-player online game.

Kazakhstan’s Lone Opposition Party

The Nationwide Social-Democratic Party doesn’t have much of a chance in Kazakhstan’s March 20 parliamentary elections, but it is a genuine opposition party in a region, with the exception of Kyrgyzstan, bereft of political pluralism.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Great Wall Of Ukraine

Ukraine plans to seal itself off from Russia by building a 2,000-kilometer fence at a cost of $150 million.

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