Hungary’s Orban Declares ‘Historic’ Election Victory
Viktor Orban, Hungary's right-wing, antimigrant prime minister, has declared a "historic" victory for his ruling Fidesz party in national elections that handed him his third consecutive term.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Comments On Ukraine’s Challenges
In an interview with RFE/RL, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said Ukraine needs to behave in a consistent manner, and not violate norms of democracy and leadership. He added that oligarchs should put the interests of the country before their own. (Ukrainian Service)
Toilet Trouble In Kazakhstan
Dozens of outhouses cluster around an apartment block in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan, where residents must get by without indoor plumbing. They've been waiting for years for government officials to follow through on plans to modernize communist-era buildings.
PHOTOGALLERY: Orthodox Easter Celebrated In Kyiv
On April 8, Ukraine celebrated the Orthodox Easter, earlier the Holy fire was brought to Ukraine from Jerusalem. (Ukrainian Service)
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Today Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko heads to Germany, where he will meet with Angela Merkel and a reduced version of the Normandy Four group will later convene, without Russia. The group reportedly plans to discuss the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.
Konstantin Kilimnik, In His Own Words
Person A may be a linchpin in the sprawling U.S. criminal investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He has been identified by media as Konstantin Kilimnik -- a former Russian army linguist and longtime fixer in Kyiv for former Donald Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
Kremlin Denies Report That Nerve Agent Came From Volga Lab
Russian officials are denying a British newspaper report that the nerve agent used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter came from a military facility in the closed town of Shikhany on the Volga River, the location of a branch of Russia's State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology.
Russian Envoy Requests Meeting with Boris Johnson Over Spy Case
Russia's embassy in London has requested a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, saying its dealings with Britain over the issue had been "utterly unsatisfactory."
Roskomnadzor Will Await Court Decision Before Blocking Telegram
Russia’s media regulator announced on April 9 that it will not block the Telegram messenger without a court decision. On April 6, Roskomnadzor filed a lawsuit seeking to ban Telegram after it refused to provide its encryption codes to the Federal Security Service. (Russian Service)
Shares Of Deripaska Companies Plunge After U.S. Sanctions
Russian aluminum giant Rusal saw its share price nearly halved after U.S. sanctions on the company and co-owner Oleg Deripaska prompted the producer to warn of potential debt defaults.
Azerbaijani Media 'Muzzled' Ahead Of Presidential Election
The Committee to Protect Journalists says Azerbaijan's authorities have cleansed the political landscape of "virtually all formal avenues of expressing dissent" ahead of Wednesday’s snap election that is set to hand President Ilham Aliyev a new term.
New Armenian President Sworn In, As Ex-President Expected To Retain Power
Armen Sarkisian has been sworn in as president of Armenia amid speculation that outgoing President Serzh Sarkisian will become prime minister, a post that is now more powerful than the presidency due to constitutional reforms.
In Ukraine’s Language Battleground, Some Soldiers Switching Sides
Yehor Huskov, 33, born in Soviet Russia to a Russian father and Ukrainian mother, today eschews Russian in favor of speaking Ukrainian, a move prompted by both historical and recent events.
Prosecutors Indict 11 Ruling Party Members On Corruption Charges
Kosovo authorities have indicted 11 people from President Hashim Thaci's ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo for allegedly handing out state jobs to people based on their political affiliation.
Serial Complainers Sent Away Ahead Of Uzbek Inspectors' Visit
Ahead of a weeklong visit by so-called presidential inspectors to eastern Uzbekistan’s rural district of Boz, roads are being repaired and people are getting natural gas on discount. In addition, the area’s "usual complainers" have been taken away in ambulances for free - and urgent - medical care.
Kyrgyz Security Chief, Deputy Dismissed Amid Presidents' Feud
Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has dismissed two senior security officials seen as close allies of his predecessor, Almazbek Atambaev, amid tensions between the politicians six months after the election.
MAJLIS PODCAST: The Lingering Conflict Along The Kyrgyz-Tajik Border