Russian Politician Faces 'Hate Speech' Probe After Criticizing Putin
Russian authorities have launched a hate-crime investigation against regional lawmaker Olga Li after she published a YouTube video accusing President Vladimir Putin of a "criminal conspiracy" against the Russian people.
Can Armenians And Azerbaijanis Ever Be Friends?
Amid the recent flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh fighting, we asked people in Yerevan and Baku what they thought about each other.
Hundreds Hurt In Macedonian Border Clash
Migrants clashed with Macedonian police on April 10 after they were stopped from scaling a border fence between Macedonia and Greece.
Khadija Ismayilova Wins UNESCO Press Freedom Prize
Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor, has received the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, honoring outstanding contributions to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom in the world, especially in the face of danger.
PODCAST: Power Vertical Briefing: Ukraine After Yatsenyuk
A prime minister resigns in Ukraine. The Panama Papers continue to reverberate in Russia. And the Crimean Tatars hold a congress -- in LIthuania.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Tenders Resignation
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation on April 10, declaring that his country should not allow the "destabilization of the executive branch during a war."
Volodymyr Hroysman: Ukraine's Likely Next Prime Minister
Volodymyr Hroysman is a 38-year-old loyalist of President Petro Poroshenko who was thrust onto the national scene after the Euromaidan unrest that toppled a government.
Southern Russian Town Hit By Suicide Attack
Three militants, including one suicide bomber, have attacked a police station in Stavropol, an area close to the North Caucasus, where an Islamic insurgency has simmered for years.
How To Steal A Metro
Subcontractors building Moscow’s new metro stations have filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office for nonpayment of salaries since November 2015. The Mayor's office insists all payments have been made, leading to accusations that the contractors are corrupt. (In Russian)
Turkish Journalists Say Free Press Under Fire
Local media say the trial of Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, two high-profile Turkish journalists facing possible life sentences for an exposé on Turkey's alleged smuggling of arms to Syria, is the most extreme example of a widespread crackdown on the independent press.
Tajikistan Offers Morality Lessons To Sex Workers
With an increase in the number of sex workers on the streets, authorities in Tajikistan have introduced morality classes to move prostitutes away from the world's oldest profession.
PODCAST: Down And Out In Central Asia
As the first quarter of 2016 closed, an expert panel examined Central Asia’s continuing economic crisis, which has reduced the value of every national currency, upended the banking sector, threatened to destabilize the utilities sector, and caused the return of wage arrears, largely unseen in Central Asia since the 1990s.
MOST READ/Russia: The Russian Defense Ministry’s Disinformation Campaign
Eliot Higgins, one of the authors of the report “Deceive, Destroy, Distract,” published by the Washington-based Atlantic Council, told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that the Russian Ministry of Defense provided false information about the military campaign in Syria, and that a thorough analysis of the operation showed that instead of targeting ISIS- controlled objects, Russia often bombed mosques, schools, and hospitals. (over 40K on Russian Service website)