Over the past three months, Russia’s ruling United Russia party has signed agreements with two far-right European parties: Italy's Northern League and Austria's Freedom Party.
Blogger Mehman Huseynov is well known in Azerbaijan for investigating alleged government corruption. A Baku court has sentenced him to two years in prison for libel.
Ukraine has created an entire drone industry from scratch since the start of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists.
Campaigning for parliamentary elections in Armenia began with a total of nine parties and alliances on the ballot for the vote on April 2.
A court in Kyiv has placed Roman Nasirov, Ukraine's tax and customs service chief, under arrest pending trial on embezzlement charges.
Hungary's parliament has overwhelmingly approved the automatic detention of all asylum seekers in container camps at the borders, despite criticism from rights groups.
Russia’s energy minister told an energy conference in Houston on March 6 that "Russia is open" to investment and collaboration with U.S. companies in the oil and gas sectors.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denounced what he called "hysteria" in the U.S. over Russia's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election and said it is harming ties between the two global powers.
The speaker of Russia’s State Duma on March 7 characterized as “promising” a proposal to reschedule presidential elections from March 11 to March 18, 2018, the day marking Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there is no official position on the matter. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Russian media report that, despite a February 18 presidential decree recognizing passports of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, none of Russia’s top 30 banks is providing services to holders of the separatist documents. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny faced a series of obstacles when opening his election campaign headquarters in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod on March 6.
The chief of a prominent Russian human rights group says that torture in Russian penitentiaries and police stations will stop only when the practitioners are brought to trial and convicted.
The claim by Russian lawmaker Natalya Poklonskaya that a bust of Tsar Nicholas II wept tears on the centennial of his abdication of power has the Internet laughing.
The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by the decision of Russia-backed separatists in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region to close two crossing points on the boundary line with Georgian-controlled territory.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev lashed out at lawmakers who have alleged he was connected to the cargo of a plane that crashed in January, and voiced support for a legislator who said parliament should be dissolved.
The presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan say they have agreed on closer cooperation between their two countries on energy, transportation, and security projects that could also involve Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the South Caucasus.
Warnings that another conflict may erupt in the Balkans have been coming in from former diplomats and think tanks in recent weeks.
St. Petersburg-based political analyst Dmitry Travin believes that “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin's system has ample resources to survive for a long time, but has virtually no resources to actively develop the economy,” which will only stagnate and deteriorate over time. (over 40k views on Russian Service website)
Ukrainian journalist Vitaly Portnikov told RFE/RL that Ukraine’s energy dependence on Russia involves not only economics, but also corruption. “Energy blackmail and corruption ties have been the only way the Kremlin could influence neighbours” like Ukraine and Belarus. Once there is an alternative to Russian gas and oil, or the Kremlin raises prices, “the ‘Russian world’ - which never was - will be no more.” (over 40k views on Russian Service website)