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Croats and Serbians Dismayed By Seselj Acquittal

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic called the verdict "shameful," telling reporters that Seselj’s acquittal was a "defeat of The Hague court and the prosecution."

Ukraine Medical Students Protest Against Corruption

Students at Kyiv’s National Medical University gathered at the building of the Health ministry to protest corruption, alleging that faculty members who don’t support the system are being fired. (Ukrainian Service)

A Ukrainian Village Between Front Lines And Minefields

Only 10 people remain in the village of Syze, which locals have nicknamed “the appendix,” about three kilometers from territory held by Russia-backed separatists near Luhansk.

From the Archives: Twenty-Five Years Since Georgia’s Voters Chose Independence

On March 31, 1991, a referendum on the country’s independence passed with almost 99 percent of the vote. (In Russian/Current Time)

The Turkmen President's Book Of Tea

Turkmen state television this week broadcast footage of smiling officials receiving a special gift from the president: a copy of his 35th book, a treatise on tea.


Don’t Let Azerbaijan Use Political Prisoners As Props

Jailed RFE/RL contributor and internationally recognized investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova writes from prison on the occasion of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to Washington. (Washington Post)

Top International Lawyer Finds Fault With Seselj Verdict

Mark Ellis, the executive director of the International Bar Association, said he thinks the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia got it wrong on March 31 when they acquitted Serbian Radical party leader Vojislav Seselj on all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Russian High Court Reviews European Court Ruling

Russia's Constitutional Court is holding its first hearing, involving a case that was adjudicated by the European Court of Human Rights in 2013, under a new law passed in 2015 that allows Moscow to disregard the rulings of international courts.

The Soviet Adventures Of Steve Jobs

Speaking on the 40th anniversary of Apple’s founding, Mike Merin, who was a commercial attache with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 1985, recalls the visit of two representatives of the California computer company to the heart of the Soviet empire.

In ‘Crash-Test Democracy,’ Russian Reporters Test Limits Of New Laws

Two years after President Vladimir Putin toughened criminal penalties for some forms of public demonstrations, a group of reporters in the city of Yekaterinburg tested the new rules.

Two Thirds Of Russians Have No Savings

A poll by the survey company Romir finds that 73 percent of Russians have no savings -- the highest figure in a decade. (In Russian/Current Time TV)

Former Slovak Official Hesitant About Ukraine Financial Post

Reacting to his candidacy to be Ukraine’s next finance minister, former Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Miklos expressed concern about serving in government with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s team, whose populism he said is dangerous for the country. (In Ukrainian)

Freed Azeri Opposition Leader Says President Orchestrates Imprisonments

Tofig Yagublu, deputy chairman of the opposition Musavat party, told journalists in Baku on March 31 that "all political prisoners" in Azerbaijan have been "arrested on the personal orders" of Aliyev.

PRESS RELEASE: Czech Republic Honors Klose, Pechacek, RFE/RL

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