In The Footsteps Of Revolution
THE POWER VERTICAL: One Man's Stand
Ildar Dadin’s release from a Siberian prison could be a watershed moment.
Putin Says Russian Base In Kyrgyzstan Key To Regional Stability
Russian President Vladimir Putin has wrapped up a three-nation tour of Central Asia with a visit to Kyrgyzstan, where he touted a Russian air base as a key to stability in the region.
Nightlife In A Separatist Stronghold
Separatists have imposed a strict curfew on Donetsk, but the Ukrainian city's young people keep partying on.
Violence Mars Second Night Of Macedonian Protests Over Albanian Demands
Thousands of Macedonians have staged protests for a second day against calls by ethnic Albanian parties to make Albanian the country's second official language.
British, Russian Military Chiefs Confer On Avoiding Potential Incidents
Senior Russian and British military officials have held rare talks in Moscow aimed at avoiding clashes and lowering tensions that have spiked to their highest levels since the Cold War.
U.S. Man Jailed For Illegally Selling High-Tech Goods To Russian Military
A former employee of an electronics export company in the U.S. city of Houston has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally export about $50 million of microelectronics to Russia.
Pamfilova Takes Daghestan Leaders To Task Over Vote-Rigging
Russian Central Election Commission Chief Ella Pamfilova used a recent meeting with republican leaders, journalists, and political party representatives in Makhachkala to elaborate on a September, 2016 report on Russia’s State Duma elections that singled out Daghestan for blatant and prevalent irregularities.
Chechnya’s PR On Taxpayers’ Dime
In a gesture with high social media value in a region intent on promoting its image in Moscow, Ramzan Kadyrov’s daughter Aishat, who owns a fashion line that manufactures luxury clothes for Muslim women, recently invited two Russian celebrities to visit Chechnya and presented them with flash drives made of gold and inlaid with diamonds. (in Russian, RFE/RL’s Caucasus Realities website)
Ukrainian Minister Asks For Police To Break Up Activist Blockade Of East
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says he has requested permission for the police to break up an activist blockade of the country's transit routes with areas of the east held by separatists.
Ukraine Moves Step Closer To Visa-Free Travel In EU
Negotiators for the European Parliament and European Union member states have reached a deal to allow Ukrainian citizens to enter Schengen zone countries without a visa.
Crimean Court Sets Date For RFE/RL Journalist's 'Separatism' Trial
A court in Russia-annexed Crimea has set March 20 for the start of a trial against an RFE/RL contributing correspondent who faces separatism-related charges for one of his articles.
Saakashvili’s New Party Registered In Ukraine
Former Georgian president and Odesa regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili announced on Facebook the decision by Ukraine’s justice ministry to register his new political party, Movement of New Forces, calling it “another step closer to the formation of a fundamentally new political class in the country.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)
NATO Concerned Over Closure Of Abkhazia Crossing Points
NATO has expressed concern over the announced closure by Russia-backed separatists in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region of two crossing points on the boundary line with Georgian-controlled territory.
Documents Allowing Georgians Visa-Free EU Entry Set For Signing
European Union officials and lawmakers are set to sign documents formalizing a visa-liberalization deal for the Republic of Georgia on March 1.
Kyrgyz Protesters Rally For Third Day For Release Of Opposition Leader
Hundreds of protesters have demonstrated for a third day in central Bishkek to call for the release of opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party leader Omurbek Tekebaev.
Nazarbaev's Grandson Named Kazakhstan Soccer Federation VP
A grandson of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has been appointed as Vice President of Kazakhstan's Football Federation.
COMMENTARY: Zoya Svetova’s Yukos File
Commenting on the search by Russian security agents of independent journalist Zoya Svetova’s home, political analyst Yuliy Nisnevich said, “this is not an attempt to intimidate dissenters, but rather a system that has lost any particular line.” Svetova’s surname appeared in the Yukos case in 2003, suggesting, Nisnevich said, that security services have pursued her mechanically without thinking about the “who” or the “why.” (Russian Service)
COMMENTARY: Omurbek Tekebaev, Political Pugilist At Center Of Kyrgyzstan’s Storm
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