Ivan Curbs His Spending
How the life and purchases of an ordinary Russian citizen have changed over the past two years.
Tear Gas And Clashes At Lviv City Council
Riot police blocked protesters who stormed Lviv’s city council building demanding to meet with the mayor over grievances including the country’s failure to return contract soldiers who have fulfilled their term of service, and a fire at the city’s landfill that left four people dead. (Ukrainian service)
Georgians In Ukrainian Army Fight 'Common Enemy'
Veterans of Georgia's 2008 war with Russia are the first foreign nationals to serve officially in the Ukrainian army, following the adoption of a new law last year.
Former Kazakh Sports Minister Convicted On Corruption Charges
Kazakhstan former sports minister Talghat Ermegyaev was sentenced on June 9 to 14 years in prison for taking bribes and kickbacks while serving as chairman of the Astana Expo-2017 Joint Stock Company.
Wrestling Moldovan Mom Struggles To Get To Rio
A 23-year-old wrestling mother is one of Moldova's best hopes for a medal at the Olympics in August.
'The Artist Resists Through The Existence He Chooses'
In an exclusive interview, Russian political performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky spoke with RFE/RL about his seven months in custody, his artistic approach to political issues, and his plans for the future.
Threats Of 'Bloody Mess' Ahead Of Kyiv LGBT March
Members of Kyiv's LGBT community plan to hold their fourth annual March of Equality on June 12, as counter-demonstrators threaten to stop them by any means.
Navalny Activists Say Russian Real Estate Holdings Now Being Hidden
Beginning late last year, listings started disappearing from Russia’s real-estate database in a trend that activists suggest is tied to their efforts to document the luxurious wealth of well-connected government officials and their relatives.
Russia Rolls Out Jet To Challenge Boeing
The Russian corporation Irkut has rolled out its new medium-haul airliner as the country aims to challenge commercial plane-industry leaders Boeing and Airbus.
Speculation Grows About Savchenko Role In Separatist Talks
Nadia Savchenko’s lawyer Ilya Novikov says his client would be the right person to engage in direct talks with separatists in eastern Ukraine because she distinguishes “between people as such and enemies” and can address the conflict “without thinking about retribution or abstract losses.” (In Russian)
Two Ukrainians Imprisoned In Russia May Be Swapped
Ukraine's Justice Minister announced on June 9 that Ukrainian citizens Gennadiy Afanasiev and 73-year-old Yuri Soloshenko, serving sentences of seven and six years in Russia, respectively, on terrorism and on espionage charges, may be released though a prisoner exchange or diplomatic negotiations. (In Russian)
Private Boenger’s War
Brian Boenger, a former sniper with the 101st US airborne brigade in Iraq and one of three U.S. nationals fighting in Ukraine, says he’s fighting not for money, but because Ukraine is “a U.S. friend and ally.” He compares the conflict to a conventional war, telling RFE/RL, “You are fighting with guys dressed in military uniforms and you can define at a distance who the enemy is...There are regular Russian army units in Donbas. They use modern, expensive equipment and are employed during major attacks.” (In Russian)
As Soon As OSCE Leaves Avdiivka, Real War Begins
On the front-lines in this undeclared “green zone,” RFE/RL correspondent Levko Stek reports continual fighting despite the cease-fire, with casualties incurred every day because of the close proximity of the warring sides. (In Ukrainian)
Abkhaz Leader Accepts Opposition Demand For Referendum
Raul Khajimba, the de facto president of Georgia's breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, has scheduled for July 10 a referendum on whether or not to hold an early presidential election.
PODCAST: Investigating the Violence in Aqtobe
RFE/RL gathered a group of experts to take a closer look at the deadly June 5 violence in the western Kazakh city.
INFOGRAPHIC: Dead Or Missing In Crimea