The Daily Vertical: The Kremlin's Spin, NATO's Reality
The Kremlin is spinning today’s meeting of the NATO Russia Council as the end of Moscow’s isolation.
Chernobyl 'Liquidators' Make Bitter Return
Emergency workers who responded to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years ago returned to the scene of the event and shared stories of their experiences and their struggles for official recognition and compensation.
Macedonia Antigovernment Protests Extend Into Second Week
Thousands of protesters again took to the streets of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, as nightly anti-government demonstrations extended into a second week.
Shakespeare Like You've Never Heard Him
Centuries after William Shakespeare wrote them, his plays are performed in a multitude of languages. To mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616, actors from the Balkans to Central Asia performed Hamlet's famous soliloquy for RFE/RL.
Crimea Unleashes Crackdown On Journalists
Crimea’s Moscow-backed Prosecutor-General's office is investigating a contributor to the Crimean Desk of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service for alleged "calls for undermining the Russian territorial integrity via mass media."
Crimean Leaders Repudiate New Round Of Repression
Crimean Tatar assembly chairman Refat Chubarov called Russia’s recent decision to include his association among an official list of extremist organizations "a crime." (In Russian)
NATO And Moscow To Discuss Russian Jet Incidents
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the Western military alliance and Moscow will discuss the "unsafe behavior" of Russian jets that recently flew close to a U.S. plane and ship when the two sides meet on April 20.
Dutch Court Overturns Yukos Ruling
The Kremlin has welcomed the decision by a district court in The Hague to quash a $50 billion award that Russia had been ordered to pay to the former majority shareholders of the dismantled oil giant Yukos.
Ukrainian PM’s Promises Draw Skepticism
A video released by newly appointed Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman promising rapid changes in government has met with skepticism, as many observers believe his cabinet is pre-programmed for conflict with the country’s president. (In Ukrainian)
EU Advances Proposal For Visa-Free Regime For Ukraine
A proposal announced by the European Commission on April 20 for a visa-free regime between EU and Ukraine now awaits approval by the European Council and European Parliament. (In Russian/Current Time TV)
Russians Register Growing Dissatisfaction With State
A Levada Center poll finds that 39 percent of Russian respondents believe the state does not fulfill its obligations, an increase of 11 points over last year. Sixteen percent believe chaos inside the country is growing, twice as many since 2015. (In Russian/Current Time)
Russian Women Barred From Hundreds Of Jobs
Several women are challenging restrictions that make Russia "the country with the most job-related barriers," according to a September 2015 World Bank report on gender equality.
Azerbaijan Allows Yunuses To Leave
Two of Azerbaijan's most prominent human rights defenders, recently released from prison, arrived in the Netherlands on April 19 after authorities in Baku granted them permission to leave the country.
‘Deep And Disturbing’ Decline Found In World Media Freedom
Reporters Without Borders’ 2016 World Press Freedom Index also indicates increasing risks to independent media from religious ideologies and “large-scale propaganda machines.”
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