Azeri Lawyer Intigam Aliyev Released From Jail
The Daily Vertical: Kadyrov's Big Bluff Pays Off
In a meeting with President Putin on March 25, the Chechen leader got what he wanted.
Moldovans March For Unification With Romania
Frustrated with corruption and economic turmoil, thousands of Moldovans marched through the streets of Chisinau on March 27 to demand their country be reunited with Romania.
Exclusive Drone Footage Of Donetsk Airport
A drone photographs the ruins of Donetsk airport, two years after it was destroyed in one of the epic battles of Ukraine’s war against Russian-backed separatists. To the left of the film crew, fighting continues in the industrial zone of Avdeevka. (Ukrainian Service)
Syrians Remain Stranded On Serbian-Macedonian Border
More than 200 Syrian refugees remain trapped on Macedonia's border with Serbia after the closing of the so-called "Balkan route." For more than 20 days, they have lived in small camping tents, in cold, wet, and muddy conditions.
Prominent Azeri Lawyer Released From Prison
Intigam Aliyev, who defended more than 100 cases before the European Court of Human Rights, spoke to RFE/RL following his release from prison on March 28, declaring, “...some of my friends are still in jail. And I would be happy to give up my freedom for theirs.”
Top Ukrainian Parties To Form New Coalition Led By Hroysman
Ukraine's three major parliamentary parties have agreed to form a new coalition on March 29 and nominate parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Hroysman to be the country’s new prime minister.
Ukraine Parliament Approves Resignation Of Prosecutor-General
Viktor Shokin was seen by reformists as an obstacle to tackling corruption. Parliament is expected to debate a motion today to fire Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Putin Cautions Kadyrov, But Gives Green Light For His Reelection
In a Kremlin meeting on March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov he would serve as acting republic head when his second term expires on April 5 until elections are held in September, but that "closer coordination" is also needed.
An Outspoken Priest Falls From Grace
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, a prominent cleric who abruptly lost his job in December 2015 as a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church, has lashed out at leaders of both the Russian church and state.
Lukashenka Approval Rating Hits New Lows
Research by Belarus’s Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies shows that President Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest level in 22 years, to 27.3 percent from 45.7 percent in September 2015. (In Belarusian)
Azerbaijan: Two Servicemen Killed In Clashes With Armenian Army
Azerbaijani military officials say two soldiers have been killed in fighting with the Armenian Army, the latest in a growing number of clashes over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
COMMENTARY: Karadzic Killed Sarajevo
Former Balkan Service Director Gordana Knezevic writes, “If I was a judge, I would sentence Karadzic to life -- for the crime of killing the city.”
PODCAST: How To Be The Next Central Asian Leader
Changes in leadership are approaching in Central Asia, where two of the presidents are already well into their 70s. This panel of experts considered what it takes to succeed to the top posts.
INFOGRAPHIC: Legacy Of Equality
How do former communist states in Europe stack up in terms of gender equality in high-profile positions?
MOST READ/Russia: Russians Have Nothing To Fight For
In an interview with RFE/RL, Ukrainian army officer Andrey Gladun, who serves in eastern Ukraine, says that Ukrainians are motivated to fight to protect their territory, their mothers and their families, while Russians understand that the war is all about politics, money, and greed. (over 50K on Russian Service website)