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Several Reported Detained At Moscow Internet Freedom Rally

Several people were reportedly detained in Moscow on August 26 at a sanctioned demonstration in support of Internet freedom.

Radioactive Mushrooms In Belarus?

A woman who lives among the radiation-contaminated fields near the Chernobyl nuclear plant picks and sells wild mushrooms to make ends meet.

Kazakhs Defeat Kyrgyz For World's First Kokpar Championship

Kazakhstan has become the first world champion in an ancient equestrian sport known under different regional names -- kokpar, kok-boru, or buzkash - beating Kyrgyzstan 4-1 in the final match.


Volker Says Ukraine To Make Own Decision On NATO

Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in Ukraine, says that the country is not ready yet to join NATO.

Dozens Of Cultural Figures Sign Petition For Russian Director

More than 30 cultural figures from different countries have signed a petition calling on Russian authorities to drop the criminal investigation into prominent theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov.

Putin To Travel To Hungary For Judo Competition, Talks With Orban

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opening ceremony of the World Judo Championships in Budapest and hold a “working meeting” with Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his second trip to Hungary this year.

Will Putin Intervene To Save Daghestan's Unique Liana Forest?

Months after the World Wildlife Fund warned that five ancient Russian forests face a real threat of destruction, President Vladimir Putin has publicly pledged to investigate.

Belarus Opposition Leader Statkevich Arrested

Belarus opposition leader Nikolai Statkevich has been arrested and sentenced to five days in prison for participating in an unsanctioned June 3 protest in Minsk against “Zapad 2017,” the Russia-Belarus joint military exercises planned for September. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

U.S. Urges Azerbaijan To Release TURAN News Agency Chief

The U.S. State Department says it is "deeply troubled" by the detention of the director of Azerbaijan’s independent Turan News Agency and urged his immediate release.

Ammunition And Weapons Warehouse Exploded In Azerbaijan

An ammunition and weapons warehouse located 70km north of Azerbaijan’s capital Baku exploded on August 27, causing damage to residential buildings and injuring six people. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Saakashvili Says Georgia To Charge Him With Plotting Coup

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is also a former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has accused authorities in both countries of a plan to accuse him of plotting a coup in Georgia.

Sarajevo School Renamed For Controversial Bosnian Who Backed Nazis

Authorities have renamed the former Dobrosevici Elementary School after Mustafa Busuladzic, a Bosniak activist whose fascist and anti-Semitic views during World War II led to his execution in 1946.

Uzbek State Media's Brief Flirtation With Live TV Ends

Uzbekistan's government is abandoning an experiment introduced earlier this year that had given rare leeway to journalists on tightly controlled state television.

Isakov Appointed New Kyrgyz PM

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has signed a decree appointing Sapar Iskov, formerly his chief of staff, as the country's new prime minister.

A Rare Entity In Turkmenistan: Private Shelter Saves Stray Dogs

Turkmenistan has just officially registered its first animal shelter, which is in itself welcome news, but there is something else unique about it.

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MOST/READ UKRAINE: Zapad-2017 And Putin’s New Aggression

Ukrainian political scientist Ihor Losev, pointing out that Russia borders all of Ukraine, except for its western regions, says there is no reason to expect that Moscow will abandon its plans to eliminate the country as a sovereign state and agree to a diplomatic resolution over the Donbas and Crimea. (Ukrainian Service)

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