Thousands rallied in downtown Moscow to protest an Internet bill that critics say will increase state control over the Internet and facilitate censorship. Police detained several people, including RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Andrei Kiselyov.
Despite being under house arrest in Moscow, famed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has staged an opera 2,000 kilometers away in Hamburg, Germany.
As U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces pound the final stronghold of Islamic State militants, thousands of people have been captured -- including four Bosnian men.
When Orthodox priest Andriy Korobkov is not ministering to his small parish in western Ukraine, he's serving the community in a different way, by teaching kids martial arts.
The United States has called on Russia to permit increased access to ex-Marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Moscow on an espionage charge. A U.S. Embassy spokesperson in Moscow said on March 11 that officials would visit the 49-year-old "later this week."
The Kremlin human rights council, citing the European Convention on Human Rights, has issued a statement urging Russia's upper house of parliament to reject a bill that would allow authorities to block websites that publish what they deem to be "fake news" and penalize them for content found to be insulting to state officials, state symbols, or Russian society.
Russian media reports that the Defense Ministry has asked leaders of military-industrial enterprises to create groups of patriotic youth. The initiative would help mobilize youth around state aims, and demonstrate “personal support” for Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. (Russian Service)
Austrian reporter Christian Wehrschuetz said he feared being attacked by Ukrainian nationalists over reporting critical of the government in Kyiv, according to the Ukrainian Security Service. Now they're using a one-year entry ban to keep him out of the country.
Igor Girkin, better known by the nom de guerre Strelkov, was a military leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine during the first phase of the war. Now out of cash and out of favor with the Kremlin, he is selling a gold medal he was awarded in 2014 for his role in the occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
In his final statement in court on March 11, Chechen human rights activist Oyub Titiyev called his case “fabricated,” and said he is certain he will be convicted by a court next week after a drug-possession trial he described as "spitting at justice." Chechnya’s Shali district court said the verdict will be pronounced on March 18.
More than two decades after a devastating war pulled the fledgling country apart along ethnic lines, Bosnia is still trying to shake off the effects. Younger Bosnians have been hit hard by instability, as the country struggles with the world's highest youth unemployment, at 55%. But many are also getting involved in politics, rather than getting on a bus.
Azerbaijan has launched large-scale military maneuvers ahead of an expected first meeting between President Ilham Aliyev and new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian. Armenia's Foreign Ministry said the drills "do not contribute to the creation of an environment conducive to peace."
Serikzhan Bilash, the detained leader of a group in Kazakhstan that has raised concerns over the internment of Kazakhs in China's Xinjiang province, has been charged with inciting ethnic discord and transferred on March 11 from jail to house arrest..
A joint poll by the Levada Center in Russia and the Kiev International Institute of Sociology in Ukraine reports that 82% of Russian respondents have a positive attitude towards Ukrainians and 77% of Ukrainians have a positive attitude towards Russians. Majorities in both countries -- 52% in Russia and 48% in Ukraine -- believe they should have open borders and no visa or customs restrictions. (Russian Service)