The Russian Orthodox church appears to be the final arbiter of Russian law.
Amin Eleusinov was sentenced to two years in prison for insulting and assaulting an official, after crackdown on trade union in.
Kazakhstan is planning to change its alphabet from a Cyrillic-based script to Latin. How do countries change their alphabets?
Teenage refugees living in a camp in Serbia have found a new way to express themselves at a Belgrade theater.
LGBT activists in France say they have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing the leader of Chechnya of genocide following reports of the torture and killing of gay men in the southern Russian region.
After a blogger was convicted for playing Pokemon Go in a cathedral last week, that was the question one prominent journalist put to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In response to a request for comment by Russia’s state news agency TASS, NATO’s press service in Brussels has stated that “Ukrainian authorities made it clear that this decision is a question of security, not free speech,” adding, “we believe in Ukraine's commitment to its international obligations and Ukraine’s current system of checks and balances. (Ukrainian Service)
The international rights monitor Human Rights Watch has demanded that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reverse his order blocking Russian websites and social networks and comply with the country’s international commitments. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council are due to sign a document in Strasbourg formalizing a long-awaited visa-liberalization deal with Ukraine.
The Ukrainian parliament has approved legislation introducing fines and potential jail time for people who appear in public wearing a black-and-orange ribbon widely viewed a patriotic emblem in Russia, but which many Ukrainians see as a symbol of Russian aggression.
The Belarusian opposition movement Havary Pravdu (Tell the Truth) has been registered after seven years of unsuccessful attempts to gain official status.
Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has asked the leader of the Social Democrat party to form a government, potentially ending the longstanding political deadlock in the Balkan country.
Azerbaijani officials and legislators on May 16 decried a decision by Russia's Supreme Court to shut down a group representing more than 2 million Azerbaijanis living in Russia.
A Kazakh journalist and civic activist has accused authorities of involvement in his stabbing as he was traveling to meet European officials to discuss media freedoms.
A bad batch of strawberry ice cream has put nearly 200 people in the hospital in Uzbekistan's eastern Andijon region.
Vladimir Bizik, an analyst for the European Values think tank in Prague, spoke with RFE/RL about the ongoing WannaCry "ransomware" cyberattack.
World War II historian Alexander Kuzminykh says that the camps for foreign war prisoners (GUPVI) had already been created in 1939, despite Soviet declarations that the USSR was not yet a participant in the war. Kuzminykh says the GUPVI archipelago was an “export model” of the GULAG archipelago intended to create "bacilli of communism" and indoctrinate prisoners of war to help construct Soviet socialism in Eastern Europe.” (Russian Service)