A decade ago the era of cyberwarfare began in earnest with a massive Kremlin-backed denial-of-service attack that hit the websites of Estonian banks, media organizations, corporations, and government ministries.
Russia's television landscape is almost entirely pro-Kremlin -- but video bloggers on social media are gaining audiences by offering an alternative that's increasingly popular, especially among youth.
Prishtina's main square was filled with cheering crowds as the former Kosovar prime minister returned from France, where he was detained on war crimes charges.
Activists in Kyrgyzstan appealed to a visiting European Union official to help defend the civil rights of political prisoners in the country.
Respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow had divided views on Russia’s support of separatists in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Some felt that Russia should support the separatists “without question,” while others said the money should be used to address domestic problems at home. One respondent said that if not for the Russian money flowing into Ukraine, the situation there might be different. (Russian Service)
The U.S.-based democracy monitor Freedom House says only 13 percent of the world’s population live in countries with a free press.
A Russian lawmaker says his apartment was set on fire a day after he voted against legislation to demolish Soviet-era apartment buildings in Moscow.
Russian prosecutors have called for a 3 1/2-year prison term for a blogger charged with inciting hatred for playing the game "Pokemon Go" in a church.
A former chief of the Russian Interior Ministry's Anticorruption and Economic Crimes Directorate has been sentenced to 22 years in prison on corruption charges.
Russia's main domestic security agency said late on April 26 that it arrested 12 people in Kaliningrad for suspected involvement with an Islamic extremist group.
On April 20, the Supreme Court declared the Christian denomination an extremist organization and ordered its property in Russia seized, effectively banning Jehovah's Witnesses from the country.
A new opinion poll shows growing dissatisfaction among Russians for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, with as many as 45 percent saying he should step down.
Historian Yury Dmitriyev has a morbid talent for finding mass graves moldering beneath the forests of the Russia's northern Karelia region.
Gregory Vinnikov, a Soviet emigre who ran a travel agency in Manhattan before allegedly stiffing clients and fleeing the country in 2012, has appeared on Russian state TV as a pro-American pundit.
Speaking at a press conference in Kyiv on April 28, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine has seized $1.42 billion from accounts belonging to ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and his associates, and that the money will be used to strengthen the combat capability of Ukraine’s army and fund social programs. (Ukrainian Service)
Moldovan Transport and Roads Infrastructure Minister Iurie Chirinciuc has been detained on corruption charges, the latest in a string of arrests of officials on suspicion of graft.
The head of an alliance of Macedonian lawmakers has refused to meet with President Gjorge Ivanov, a day after scores of protesters stormed the Balkan country's parliament and assaulted him and other deputies.
At least 10 top investigators and officials of Tajikistan's Anticorruption Agency have been arrested in recent days.
A decision by the Russian prosecutor-general to blacklist three foreign-registered organizations tied to former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky could restrict the opposition's options in looming elections.
Commenting on the harassment of journalists and activists in Russia, Galina Sidorova, head of an independent investigative reporting group, said these incidents occur with the consent of the Moscow authorities, and the security services specifically. Grigory Pasko, a co-founder of the group, expects the repression to increase ahead of the 2018 elections, and that “until 2024 there are no prospects in Russia for investigative journalism, opposition policy and free politics at all.” (Russian Service)
New polls suggesting the growing unpopularity of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are explained by the fact that the “post-Crimean euphoria has gone, and the economic crisis remains,” says the Levada Center’s Natalia Zorkaya. Politician Vladimir Semago says Medvedev may be replaced by Valentina Matvienko, chairman of the Russian Federation Council, and that developments suggest the Kremlin may be probing her for this “unexpected role.” (over 60k views on Russian Service website)