Poland’s military is set to launch an ambitious campaign to recruit volunteers for a militia to counter potential Russian aggression.
Russia-backed separatists from eastern Ukraine have announced the opening of a “representative center” in the eastern city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
Ukraine’s Secret Service gave a tour to journalists of a prison facility in Kharkiv that international human rights groups allege was used by the agency as a secret prison. (In Ukrainian and Russian)
A group of women who gathered to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of responsibility for the 2004 Beslan school massacre have been sentenced to community service or fined.
An elementary school in Russia’s southern city of Samara welcomed first graders with a performance by members of a local martial arts club that involved model weapons and smoke grenades, followed by a sprinkling of holy water by a local priest. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
The most consequential political battle in Russia today is between Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin.
Uzbekistan's cabinet has announced after days of official silence that President Islam Karimov is in critical condition after suffering a stroke, although Reuters cited three diplomatic sources as saying the 78-year-old strongman is dead.
On September 1, the flag of Russia-backed separatists from Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region flew in front of a building in the eastern city of Ostrava that they call their first official office on EU soil.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed on September 1 that the ceasefire had held in the country’s eastern Donbas region for 12 hours. It was extended in a meeting of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk on August 26. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Ukraine’s attorney general Yuriy Lutsenko commented on the decision of a Kyiv court to grant a warrant for the arrest of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, saying the military prosecutor's office continues to collect evidence linking Russian officials and soldiers to the "aggressive war against Ukraine and other war crimes." (In Ukrainian)
A court in Kazakhstan’s northwestern city of Aqtobe has jailed a man for calling for a series of terrorist attacks to be carried out in neighboring Russia.
Vera Caslavska, Czechoslovakia's most decorated Olympic athlete and the only gymnast to have won Olympic gold medals in every individual event, was a vocal critic of communism who was persecuted for her dissent.