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PHOTOGALLERY: In Siberia, Oil Companies And Reindeer Herders Fight For Rights To Land
PHOTOGALLERY: In Siberia, Oil Companies And Reindeer Herders Fight For Rights To Land


In Siberia, Oil Companies And Reindeer Herders Fight For Rights To Land


The Daily Vertical: Playing The Kremlin's Game

After more than two years of war in Eastern Ukraine, it’s time to stop pretending that the war is a civil war, and not an invasion; and that the Minsk cease-fire agreement is anything but dead in the water.

After The Fall -- 25 Years Of Moldova’s Independence

On August 27,1991, tiny Moldova broke away from the collapsing Soviet Union. One generation later, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service sat down with the Luchianov family to see how life has changed.

Ukraine’s Krasnogorivka Shelled By Grad Missiles

Pro-Russian militants shelled the village of Krasnogorivka in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on August 28, using the weapons, which are prohibited by the Minsk agreements. No civilian casualties were reported. (In Ukrainian)

Russian Religious Figure Endorses Female Genital Mutilation

The mufti of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Ismail Berdiyev, said all women should be circumcised "to end depravity."


Uzbek President Hospitalized

Uzbekistan's Cabinet of Ministers announced on August 28 that 78-year-old President Islam Karimov had been hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment. A message posted to a social media account of one of his daughters says he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Turkmen President Meets With German Chancellor

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov is visiting Berlin on August 29 for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an opportunity that human rights activists hope will be used to address the Central Asian country's poor rights record.

Rights Groups Say 13 Released From Secret Ukrainian Jail

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued a public letter on August 29 claiming that at least 17 people have been held in a secret jail in the eastern city of Kharkiv run by Ukraine’s domestic Security Service, or the SBU.

War Of Words Over Ukraine 'Combat' Photo

A group of Ukrainian photojournalists is crying foul over a photo by Dmytro Muravskiy, who works with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, calling it a “clumsy” attempt by the ministry to engage in an information war with Russia.

Investigation Shows University Slots In Ukraine For Sale

An investigation led by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General's office into the electronic data processing system used by the country’s universities has found that government officials, MPs, and other Ukrainian public figures purchased about two thousand university admissions since 2008. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Majlis Podcast: (Small) Olympic Successes And A Sense Of Nationhood

A group of Central Asia experts gathered to consider the region’s performance at the Rio games, the role of the state in grooming athletes and promoting sport, and what the Olympic medal means.

Why Putin Needs Trump

In an interview with RFE/RL,Yuri Shvets, a Russian and Soviet security analyst and former KGB officer currently living in the U.S., explored possible linkages between Paul Manafort, former campaign chief to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump; Konstantin Kilimnik, a former Russian military intelligence officer; and Russia’s secret services. (In Russian)

MOST READ/RUSSIA: ‘Let’s Stop Blaming Putin And Do Something!’

Russian veteran liberal thinker and historian Leonid Batkin told RFE/RL that Russia’s September 18, 2016 Duma elections provide a chance to influence the country’s political situation if Russia’s democratic forces coalesce to support the opposition political party Yabloko and its leader, Grigory Yavlinsky. (over 30k views on Russian Service website).

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