Georgia's Ivanishvili Says 'Patience' Needed For EU, NATO Hopes
In an interview with RFE/RL’s Georgian Service, former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said his country must be patient in order to achieve its foreign policy goals, and that it is necessary to wait for Moscow to realize that such aims pose no danger to Russia.
Nationalist Seselj Returns To Serbian Parliament
Attending the first session of parliament following elections in April was nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj, who returned to politics this year after a UN tribunal acquitted him of war crimes.
Fighting Continues Near Zaitseve In Eastern Ukraine
Front-line footage from Zaitseve, a village in the Donbas region, where active fire continues and Ukrainian soldiers struggle between the instinct to retaliate and orders to exercise restraint. (Ukrainian Service)
Life Outside The Ruins Of Donetsk's Airport
It's been two years since the start of the battle for Donetsk airport, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the war in eastern Ukraine.
POWER VERTICAL Podcast: Russia 2030
Brian Whitmore, co-host Mark Galeotti, and guest Andrew Wilson discuss what Russia and its neighborhood will look like in 2030.
Five More Killed In Kazakhstan Overnight
Kazakh authorities say police killed five more gunmen and arrested two overnight in the northwestern city of Aqtobe, which remains on high alert after several deadly attacks on June 5 that have been attributed to suspected Islamist militants.
Chafing At Sanctions, Moscow Pokes And Pries At EU Unity
In a visit to Greece weeks before an EU summit to determine whether the bloc renews trade and financial sanctions on Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to expand Russian investment in Greece's hard-hit economy in return for Athens' support in lifting the restrictions.
Syria On Agenda For Netanyahu And Putin Meeting
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive in Moscow on June 6 to meet President Vladimir Putin, his third visit to Russia since September.
‘Cashier’ Of Ukraine’s Old Regime Escapes Scrutiny
RFE/RL’s program Schemes investigates why authorities have thus far failed to question Evgen Geller, nicknamed the “cashier” of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions, who is possibly Ukraine’s most-mentioned official in the recently leaked Panama Papers. (In Ukrainian)
Germany Party Leader Threatened After ‘Genocide’ Vote
The leader of Germany’s Green Party is under police protection following death threats received in the wake of the German parliament’s June 2 vote to recognize the World War I-era Ottoman Turk mass killings of ethnic Armenians as genocide.
One Third Of Russians Feel No Threat To Speech Freedom
A Levada Center poll finds that 42 percent of Russians believe there is censorship on TV, with an additional 16 percent believing “strongly.” More than half of respondents expressed the need for a diversity of opinions on TV and radio. (In Russian/Current Time TV)
Elections That Paved The Way For Putin
Dmitry Zapolsky, a member of the electoral team of St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak in the 1990s, told RFE/RL that Vladimir Putin made no effort to help his friend and mentor win the governor's seat because he knew that Sobchak’s defeat would bring him “a very attractive piece in the presidential administration and property overseas, and this is huge money.” (In Russian)
PODCAST: Central Asia’s Perfect Storm Of Corruption
A panel of experts discussed corruption in Central Asia, an age-old problem that has reached new proportions in all five countries as a result of the current economic crisis.
Turkey Notebook: Turkey’s Foreign Policy Runs Aground