Crimea Realities Chief Welcomes Unblocking Of Website
The chief of RFE/RL's Krym.Realii (Crimea Realities) says Russian authorities have unblocked access to the news website.
Georgia's Mission In Afghanistan Takes Long View Toward NATO
Despite domestic opposition, some 860 Georgian troops are serving in Afghanistan -- the largest foreign force in the country after the United States -- in a contribution to the international security effort that Georgian military leaders hope will strengthen their bid for eventual NATO membership.
Remembering The Andijon Massacre
May 13, 2005 was the bloodiest day in recent Uzbek history, but what actually happened in Andijon?
Four Countries Launch $1 Billion Power Project In Tajikistan
Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan used golden wrenches to tighten screws on a transmission tower on May 12 in a ceremony inaugurating the project, which will supply electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
PODCAST: The Power Vertical Briefing: Putin Closes The Safety Valve
One of Russia's last remaining independent media voices, RBC (RBK in Russian) appears to be going down. And the State Duma debates a law that would restrict one of Russians' most cherished rights -- the right to travel abroad.
Russia Cries Foul As Ukraine Wins Eurovision
Russia has claimed political bias in the voting after Ukraine entrant Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest with a song about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union during World War II.
Jamala Worth ‘A Few Military Divisions’
Ukrainian political commentators say the country’s Eurovision victory is much-needed good news for the struggling country, and a soft-power victory against Russia. (In Ukrainian)
Russian Sports Minister Apologizes Over Doping, Pleads For Rio Entry
Vitaly Mutko wrote in Britain’s Sunday Times that Russia is opposed to anything that threatens Olympic values, and pleaded for Russia's athletes to be allowed to compete in the upcoming summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
New Electoral Commission To Be Nominated In Ukraine
President Petro Poroshenko is expected to submit for parliamentary review this week his candidates for Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) in an effort to renew the commission’s membership for the first time in two years. (In Ukrainian)
What Kind Of Fathers Does The Fatherland Need?
Prominent Russian historian Andrey Zubov attributes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity to propaganda, but says that Stalin’s popularity is the result of selective historical memory. (In Russian)
Presidents To Meet In Vienna Over Nagorno-Karabakh
The May 16 meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents will be their first face-to-face encounter since fighting erupted in the break-away territory in early April.
Uzbeks Find Playground In Latvia
Taking advantage of Latvia’s controversial “golden visa” program, members of Uzbekistan's elite have bought property in the country, had children, and allegedly used its banks to handle millions of dollars in bribes.
ANALYSIS: With U.S. Weapons In Romania, Russia May Return To Belarus
RFE/RL Belarus Service commentator Yuriy Drakahrust says the U.S. decision to station a missile defense system in Romania could prompt Russia to consider withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and station nuclear weapons in Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad. (In Belarusian)
COMMENTARY: Wanting The Best Of Both Worlds: How Serbs View Russia And The EU
PODCAST: Who Will Defend Tajikistan’s Defenders?
An expert panel discussed why Tajikistan’s lawyers, who have bravely defended civic and political activists in the country’s courts, are themselves now facing trial.