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A recent Levada Center poll shows Russia as a particularly inward-looking country, in a particularly nationalistic mood.

On The Bread Line In Russia

A Russian businessman gives out free bread every month to people who stand in line for four hours to get the coupons for ten loaves.

The Salty Shores Of Russia's Lake Baskunchak

Eighty percent of the salt produced in Russia comes from Lake Baskunchak, an eerie and desolate lake near the country's border with Kazakhstan.

The Cutting-Edge Tailors Of Kazakhstan

A tailor in Almaty has cut herself a niche with unique clothing for disabled people, after a tough personal experience led to a lightbulb moment.


Moscow Court Convicts Five Chechens For Nemtsov's Murder

A Russian jury has found five Chechen men guilty in the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, as Nemtsov’s relatives criticized authorities for not identifying the real masterminds of the 2015 murder.

High-Profile Killings Mark Putin Presidency

The Moscow jury decision finding five Chechen men guilty of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is the latest in a series of high-profile killings that have marked Vladimir Putin’s 17-year presidency.

Ukraine Reports Detaining Two FSB Employees

Ukraine’s State Border Service on June 30 reportedly detained two Russian Security Service border guards in Ukraine’s Kherson region, just north of the Crimean peninsula. The agents were allegedly participating in military exercises when they got lost. (Russian Service)

Ukrainian Firefighters Battle Forest Fire Near Chernobyl Plant

Ukrainian firefighters are battling to contain a forest fire inside the irradiated exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, officials say.

Serbian Lawmakers Elect Openly Gay, Female Prime Minister

Ana Brnabic, elected as prime minister on June 29, is Serbia’s first female premier and its first openly gay leader.

Macedonia Prosecutor Charges Dozens In Wiretapping Scandal

Macedonia’s special prosecutor said on June 29 that her office has charged 94 people in connection with an illegal wiretapping scandal which brought down the previous government.

Court Rules In Favor Of Slovenia In Sea Border Dispute

An international arbitration court has handed Slovenia a victory in its long-standing border dispute with Croatia, awarding it direct access to international waters in the Adriatic Sea in a decision Zagreb says it will not honor.

Trials Open Against Website Accused Of Insulting Kyrgyz President

A Kyrgyz court is holding four separate trials against the independent news website, which is accused of insulting President Almazbek Atambayev.

Uzbek Imam Bars Debtors From Making Hajj

The main imam of Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent has entered the country’s debt-collecting fray, issuing a warning on June 28 that Uzbek citizens with debts for communal and housing services would not be allowed to make the annual Hajj. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

LG And Coca-Cola To Sponsor Asian Games In Ashgabat

The Olympic Sports Committee of the 2017 Asian Indoor Games, hosted by Turkmenistan this September, has announced that LG International Corp and Coca-Cola Turkmenistan have agreed be the event’s main sponsors. (in Russian, Turkmen Service)

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