A new regulation approved by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has sparked fears that apartments abandoned by people who fled the fighting in the region could be seized on a mass scale.
A munitions depot near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv caught fire and was rocked by a series of explosions in a conflagration that authorities have blamed on "sabotage.”
Protesters in the Georgia capital, Tbilisi, accused police of planting illegal drugs on suspects.
Russia's Supreme Court upheld the jail sentence of a former Moscow State University student who was convicted in December for trying to join the Islamic State extremist group.
A former Russian lawmaker who defected to Ukraine in 2016 and has compared Russia with Nazi Germany has been shot dead in central Kyiv.
Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has rejected sites proposed by the authorities for an anticorruption rally on March 26, vowing to hold the protest in central Moscow.
The head of NATO's military committee recently held a telephone call with the chief of the Russian general staff, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on March 22.
A lawyer representing the family of the deceased Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky remained hospitalized on March 22 after falling several stories from his apartment building.
Russia's lower house of parliament has approved legislation to exempt Russians who are under Western sanctions from paying tax in Russia if they are registered as taxpayers in foreign countries.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said on March 23 that the country’s 63rd convoy carrying over 500 tons of “humanitarian cargo” is crossing the Russia-Ukraine border en route to the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions. (Ukrainian Service)
Ukraine's main state security agency has announced it has barred Russia's contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest from entering the country, drawing a swift and angry reaction from Moscow.
A Crimean Tatar leader who has criticized Russia's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula appears likely to face trial soon on what he says are spurious charges of separatism.
Crimea SOS, a human rights group,issued a report on March 23 documenting the enforced disappearance of 43 residents of Russia-annexed Crimea for the period 27 February 2014 - 31 December 2016. The report states that 17 of those detained were released, 18 were never found and are considered missing, 6 have been found dead, and 2 have been detained for “political motives.” (Ukrainian Service)
Lithuania and Ukraine have rejected Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's allegations that they were involved in a planned "armed provocation" in Belarus.
Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia have signed an agreement to settle Moscow's $125.2 million Soviet-era debt to the Balkan country, in cash.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyaev has held talks with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbaev, who said that contracts worth almost $1 billion would be signed at a Kazakh-Uzbek business forum on March 23.
The Dutch prosecutor's office said it is investigating ING Groep over the global financial firm’s possible role in money laundering and corruption in Uzbekistan.
Just weeks after Turkmenistan unveiled a cartoonish rendering of a native Central Asian shepherd dog as the mascot for September’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. the country’s authoritarian president has told officials he’s not satisfied.
In comments about recent public unrest in Belarus, Dmitry Bolkunets, a Belarusian political analyst, told RFE/RL, “People are tired,” and most importantly, in the regions, no longer fear protesting publicly. Former presidential candidate Nikolay Statkevich said the protests have great potential, “since they are based on social problems that the current regime cannot solve.” The country’s economy, “basically a large farm,” needs more subsidies, which Russia could grant, but in exchange for concessions that Lukashenka is afraid to accept. And “there is still the West, which Lukashenka does not want to spoil relations with.” (Russian Service)
Some of the laundered Russian money was used to buy fancy cars. Some of it to purchase furs. Some of it paid for elite prep-school fees. And some of it was spent on real estate.
Commenting on recent provocations directed against anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, who has launched his campaign for the presidency ahead of elections in 2018, international relations professor Valery Solovey told RFE/RL that the Kremlin is “obviously” behind the incidents, and that a political revival is beginning in Russia “that overlaps with the crisis at the top, and which is turning against the government and benefiting Mr. Navalny.” (over 40k views on Russian Service website)