Speaking to RFE/RL in Chisinau on August 23 ahead of her upcoming U.S. visit, Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu said that the country would never accept federalization to settle Moldova's problem with its Transdniester breakaway region, as proposed by Russia.
Moscow activists say a new road project next to a Soviet-era nuclear waste site could pose a radioactive risk.
Ukraine marked 28 years of independence from the former Soviet Union on August 24, in an official ceremony in Kyiv that, for the first time, did not include a military parade.
Several thousand anti-government protesters have rallied in Belgrade in support of Serbian Army pensioners who are threatened with eviction from a hotel where they have been living for 25 years. The protests continued seven months of demonstrations in Belgrade and elsewhere against President Aleksandar Vucic’s autocratic rule and a growing list of other problems.
Photojournalist Ekaterina Anchevskaya spent 10 days in the Pankisi Gorge, where local efforts to develop tourism are hampered by a history of unrest.
Russia’s state meteorological agency said on August 26 it found strontium, barium and lanthanum in samples it took following a recent accident at a northern military base during a weapons test, but insisted there was no danger to the public at large.
The embassy said on August 24 that Aleksandr Yakovenko had "relinquished his duties" and that Ivan Volodin, currently the minister-counselor, will act as charge d'affaires. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Yakovenko’s departure was a "regular rotation of diplomatic mission heads."
Moscow’s prosecutor's office has demanded that the parental rights of Peter and Elena Chomsky be suspended after they brought their child to protest rallies on July 27. Moscow Commissioner for the Rights of Children Yevgeny Bunimovich decried the case as an attempt at “political blackmail.” It follows a similar case in which Russia’s Investigative Committee has accused a couple of “living in danger” and “failing to fulfill the obligation to educate a minor.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)
"It is no secret that [prison officials] use psychotropic drugs to pacify malcontents," Irina Zaitseva, an expert with the nongovernmental organization For Prisoner Rights, told RFE/RL. "Any person in this country can be shut away, declared incompetent, and simply destroyed."
Officially, United Russia is not participating in the September 8 elections to choose a new Moscow City Duma. Its logo does not appear on any campaign advertising and will not figure on the ballot papers.
Wildfires engulfed more than 400,000 hectares in Siberia overnight on August 25-26, according to statements by the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service and Environmental Ministry. Ninety-seven fires were extinguished over the past 24 hours encompassing an area of 2,898 hectares.
Ukraine’s military says one soldier was killed and three were wounded in the country’s eastern Donbas region after Russia-backed separatists opened fire with “grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, sniper rifles, and small arms.”
Persons expressing any form of Ukrainian identity in Russian-annexed Crimea can expect criminal prosecution or get on a “hit list,” say two members of the Crimean Human Rights Group.
Incumbent separatist leader Raul Khadzhimba and Alkhaz Kvitsiniya, head of the Amtsakhara opposition party, will face off in a runoff election in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia. Georgia's president has called the poll "a sham."
Russian media reports that Lithuanian border guards have detained two FSB border agents armed with pistols half a kilometer into Lithuanian territory. The agents said they entered the territory inadvertently. Lithuania has transferred them to the Russian side. (Russian Service)