THE POWER VERTICAL: A Praetorian Guard -- With A Brain
Russia’s newly constituted national guard may be about to get more power.
Thousands Hit Belarus Streets In Fresh Protests Against Tax On Jobless
Protesters in Belarus took to the streets of several cities on March 15 for the latest in a series of demonstrations against a tax on the unemployed.
'Mask Of Sorrow' Gulag Memorial Gets New Life
The Russian-American sculptor Ernst Neizvestny designed three memorials to the millions of victims of the gulag system of Soviet labor camps, but only one was ever realized.
Russian Duma Adopts Law Limiting Live Broadcasts Of Open Trials
The Russian State Duma has approved legislation that would strengthen restrictions on live broadcasts of open trials on television, radio, and the Internet.
U.S. 'Condemns' Russian Move To Integrate Breakaway Georgian Region's Military
The United States has denounced a move by Russia to allow soldiers from the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia to serve in the Russian armed forces.
Ukraine Announces Suspension Of Cargo Traffic With Separatist-Held Areas
Ukrainian authorities have announced the suspension of all cargo traffic with areas held by Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country, prompting Russia to warn of a potential "humanitarian catastrophe."
Kremlin Denies Receiving Yanukovych Request To Send Troops
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has reportedly denied that the Kremlin “officially” received a letter from Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych requesting that troops be sent to Ukraine in 2014. The letter in question was read before the UN Security Council by Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin in March, 2014. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
U.S. Indicts Two Russian FSB Officers In Yahoo Hack; One Charged By Moscow With Treason
U.S. authorities have indicted two Russian intelligence officers for the massive 2014 hack against Yahoo, one of whom was arrested earlier in Moscow as part a widening scandal involving Russia’s top security agency.
Ousted U.S. Prosecutor Bharara A Thorn In Russia's Side
Preet Bharara's supporters may be criticizing his firing as a federal prosecutor, but it is unlikely that any tears are being shed in Moscow.
Crimean Journalist Risks Jail By Refusing To Follow Kremlin Line
In February 2014, when masked Russian troops without insignia seized control of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, Simferopol-based journalist Mykola Semena grabbed his camera to photograph the invasion that was being denied by the Kremlin.
Editor Of Russia's Regnum News Agency Detained In Moscow On Minsk' Request
The editor in chief of Russia's Regnum news agency, Belarusian citizen Yuriy Baranchyk, has been detained in Moscow on Minsk's request.
EBRD Chief Visits Uzbekistan To Discuss Reviving Ties
The president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was set to discuss "ways of increasing EBRD engagement with Uzbekistan" in a three-day visit to the Central Asian nation.
Imprisoned Tajik Human Rights Lawyer's Sentence Extended To 25 Years
Prominent human rights lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov, who is serving a 23-year prison term, has been sentenced to an additional two years behind bars.
Turkmenistan Invites Qatar To Invest In TAPI Pipeline
As part of a search for foreign investment, Turkmenistan has invited companies from Qatar to partner in major transport and logistics projects, Turkmenistan state media reports. (In Russian, Turkmen Service)
COMMENTARY: Why Serbian Politicians Travel To Crimea
Far-right Serbian presidential candidate Vojislav Seselj has announced a visit to Crimea, together with an international parliamentary delegation, to mark the anniversary of the annexed peninsula’s controversial referendum on March 19-21, 2014. But some Serbian analysts says the visit is intended to appeal to pro-Russian audiences at home ahead of Serbia’s April 2 presidential elections. (Ukrainian Service)
ANALYSIS: Russia’s KGB Renaissance
A second wave of security officials is coming to power in Russia, replacing those who occupied high office early in Vladimir Putin’s presidency, and highlighting the fact that the lack of lustration inside the country following the collapse of the USSR has allowed many KGB officers to enter politics and lead successful careers. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
ANALYSIS: Apart From Former President, Composition Of New Abkhaz Parliament Still Unclear
MOST READ/RUSSIA: Group Debunks Russian Assertions About Secret Donbas Arsenal
The international group InformNapalm has documented evidence that 42 types of equipment currently present in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region were neither made in nor delivered to Ukraine. In addition, representative Michael Makaruk told RFE/RL, “More than 70 military units from Russia arrived in Ukraine, with deployments ranging “from the Kuril Islands, the Northern fleet, and ending with military units stationed in the occupied territories of Georgia and in Transnistria.” (over 55k views on Russian Service website)
PRESSROOM: Soviet Life In The 1950s, As Never Seen Before