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Nazarbaev's Daughter Elected Speaker Of Kazakh Senate, Toqaev Assumes Presidency

Former President Nursultan Nazarbaev's eldest daughter was elected speaker of Kazakhstan's upper parliament house a day after her father announced his resignation, thrusting her into a highly prominent role just over a year ahead of the next scheduled presidential election.

UN Tribunal Rejects Karadzic Appeal, Changes Sentence To Life

An international court at The Hague has rejected former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's appeals against his convictions of genocide and war crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1990s, and has extended his 40-year sentence to life in prison.

What's Behind Months Of Protests In Serbia?

Antigovernment protests in Serbia, held regularly for months, reached a boiling point on March 16 and 17 as demonstrators briefly occupied the state broadcaster and called for the resignation of President Aleksandar Vucic.

Tymoshenko Defends Decision Not To Fight Over Crimea

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is a leading candidate in the country's March 31 presidential election, has defended Kyiv's decision to refrain from using military force after Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula in 2014. She also said the 1994 Budapest Memorandum should guide efforts to resolve the conflict.

Cold War On Ice: How Czechoslovakia's Hockey Team Avenged Soviet Invasion 50 Years Ago

In a bitter sporting clash 50 years ago, Czechoslovakia's national ice hockey team defeated the U.S.S.R. twice at the 1969 World Ice Hockey Championships, avenging the invasion of their country by Soviet-led troops seven months earlier.


Medical Experts Cast Doubt On Lesin Autopsy

Multiple forensic pathologists and medical examiners who pored over autopsy results and other documents obtained by RFE/RL from the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have raised fresh questions about whether the wealthy former Kremlin insider might have been murdered.

Social Media Reacts With Glee To Kazakh Leader’s Resignation

"Maybe it's not a real resignation from power but still people are congratulating each other," Kazakh satirist Samat Jamaev wrote on Facebook.

Renaming Kazakhstan After Nazarbaev

Following the resignation of longstanding Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev from office, lawmakers in Pavlodar, Aktau, Karaganda, Atyrau, Petropavlovsk, and other cities have rushed to rename central streets in their cities after him. The country's capital city, Astana, will now be called Nursultan. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Putin Tells Prosecutors To Protect Rights Of Business Owners

President Vladimir Putin has urged Russian prosecutors to protect the rights of businesspeople "with a view to improving the business climate,” improving “the quality of work,” and “making up” for the effects of international sanctions.

Amid Reshuffle, Putin Appoints Kickboxer To Head Kalmykia Region

Kalmykia, a Russian region that was long headed by a chess-mad authoritarian who claimed to have met aliens on a spaceship, now has a champion kickboxer at its helm.The governor of Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast has resigned and the governor of Murmansk Oblast has reportedly stepped down amid an apparent shake-up among regional authorities.

Jehovah's Witnesses Detained, Targeted By Authorities In Crimea

Russian-installed authorities in Crimea have detained several members of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the latest sign of a widening crackdown on the religious group.Two Mormons who were detained in Russia and accused of violating immigration laws have been released and are returning home to the United States.

Russian TV Channel Accused Of Stoking Ethnic Tensions Over Central Asian Migrants

An incendiary report about Central Asian migrants that aired over the weekend on Gazprom-owed NTV has provoked denunciations on social media over what some viewers deemed an effort to fuel ethnic tensions.

Police Detain Suspects In Attack Against Migrants In Russian Far East

Police in Russia's Sakha-Yakutia region have detained a group of people accused of attacking migrants from Central Asia following the arrest of a Kyrgyz man suspected of raping a local woman. Police have called on residents to avoid "inciting ethnic hatred."

Turkmen Leader Pardons More Than 2,000 Convicts On Norouz

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has pardoned 2,028 prisoners, state media reported on March 21. Media outlets quoted Berdymukhammedov as saying that the amnesty was linked to the Norouz new year holiday.

POLL: Ukrainian Government Has World’s Lowest Confidence Rating

A new Gallup poll has found that only 9% of Ukrainians have confidence in their government, the lowest such measure of any country in the world. Only 12% of respondents report having confidence in the honesty of forthcoming presidential elections, compared to 26% in 2014. (Ukrainian Service)

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