Ukraine celebrated its Independence Day on August 24 with an elaborate military parade through central Kyiv that was attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, along with troops from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Poland, and other countries.
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations has objected to the Moldovan government's call for the UN to discuss withdrawing Russian troops from its breakaway Transdniester region at next month's General Assembly session.
A 73-year-old woman's protest on behalf of political prisoners in Kazakhstan turned into a drawn-out encounter with police near President Nursultan Nazarbaev's residence in Astana. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
Criminal gangs remain in control of much of Ukraine's amber business, which is worth as much as $500 million each year.
FK Qarabag became the first team from Azerbaijan to qualify for Europe's biggest club soccer competition, the Champions League.
A rights activist who was attacked while guarding a makeshift memorial to assassinated Russian politician Boris Nemtsov has died in the hospital, friends said.
Russian authorities say at least 16 people are dead after a bus packed with construction workers fell into the sea on the Taman Peninsula near Crimea.
Theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, whose arrest in Moscow this week on embezzlement charges rocked Russia’s political and cultural classes, has repeatedly clashed with officials over artistic freedoms and sharply criticized the ruling elite.
Sergei Udaltsov, the 40-year-old leader of Russia’s opposition Left Front movement, was released from prison on August 8 after completing a 4 1/2-year term for his role in organizing mass protests against election fraud in May 2012.
Ivan Nepomnyashchikh, released from prison on August 24 after serving a 30-month sentence, is the last Russian activist imprisoned following clashes at a protest on May 6, 2012, the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his current term.
Russia’s Prosecutor-General has objected to Interpol’s latest refusal to put British-American investor William Browder on an international wanted list.
A U.S. federal judge has rejected an effort by former shareholders of the dismantled Russian oil giant Yukos to force a powerful U.S. law firm to turn over evidence related to a $50 billion arbitration fight.
North Korea has opened NKorean, its first travel agency in Russia, to support the North Korean embassy in Russia. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Supporters of Crimean film director Oleh Sentsov were set to hold rallies in Ukraine to mark two years since his conviction in Russia following a trial that has drawn international condemnation.
Despite the war, Ukraine remains dependent on so-called “critical imports” from Russia, including energy for nuclear power, which, according to the State Statistics Service, has contributed to an increase in the foreign trade volume between the two countries for the first half of 2017 of 26.4 percent over the same period last year. (Ukrainian Service)
The journalism watchdog group Reporters Without Borders on August 24 condemned the increasing persecution of independent journalists in Belarus, citing the ongoing trials of five journalists.
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