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And In Ukraine Today, Saakashvili Is Approaching From The West. (RFE/RL Ukrainian Service)
And In Ukraine Today, Saakashvili Is Approaching From The West. (RFE/RL Ukrainian Service)


Saakashvili Supporters Force Entry Into Ukraine

Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa Oblast, managed to get him through a Polish-Ukrainian border crossing near the village of Shehyni in Ukraine late on September 10.

IS Ties Turn Brother Against Brother In Tajikistan

The growing number of Tajiks joining Islamic extremists fighting in the Middle East has divided and devastated families in this poor, remote, Central Asian state.

Sledgehammer Rescue Architectural Monument In Odesa

Activists in Odesa used sledgehammers to demolish a construction site they said threatened to destroy the region’s historic “House With One Wall.” Although the construction was legal, authorities announced after the incident that they were suspending further building on the site. (over 829k views on Current Time TV Facebook)

Turkmenistan Buries News Of Deadly Mudslide

Dramatic footage obtained by RFE/RL's Turkmen Service shows water and mud raging through the village of Dowgala on August 10. The government has sought to conceal news of the mudslide, which killed at least 25 persons, as Turkmenistan prepares to host the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.


Saakashvili Facing ‘Serious’ Criminal Charges In Ukraine

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says Mikheil Saakashvili is wanted on "serious" criminal charges after entering Ukraine illegally on September 10 and sparking a brawl on the border with Poland. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service is live-blogging latest developments here.

Ruling Party Dominates Russian Elections, But Opposition Makes Gains

The ruling United Russia party has dominated a slew of regional and local elections marked by low turnout and claims of voter suppression, but early results suggest that liberal opposition candidates have gained a toehold in Moscow.

Municipal Politics Trend In Moscow

The preserve of local budget allocations, trash removal, and communal-stairwell renovations, municipal politics seldom stirs interest. But a surge of candidates this year, including more than 1,000 backed by the opposition Yabloko party, has led the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper to dub local politics the "fashionable trend of the Moscow summer."

Kremlin Critic Latynina Leaves Russia After 'Arson Attack' On Her Car

Yulia Latynina, a prominent Russian journalist and a searing critic of Russia's ruling political elite, says she has left Russia after unknown assailants set fire to her car.

Last Convicted 'Bolotnaya' Protester Leaves Russia For U.S.

Ivan Nepomnyashchikh, the last Russian activist imprisoned following the “Bolotnaya” clashes that erupted on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in 2012, has left the country and landed in Prague, en route to the U.S.

Crimean Tatar Leader Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

A court in Ukraine's Russian-controlled Crimea region has sentenced prominent Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to eight years in prison after finding him guilty of organizing an illegal demonstration in Simferopol in February 2014.

On Eve Of Military Exercises, Belarus Denies Visas To Six Lithuanian MPs

Belarus has denied entry visas to six Lithuanian lawmakers planning to participate in a roundtable on regional security in Minsk organized by Belarus’s opposition United Civil Party. The deputies are expected to take part in the discussion via video conference. (Belarus Service)

Baku Places Turan News Chief Under House Arrest

The director of Azerbaijan's independent Turan news agency has been released from pretrial detention on condition that he remain under house arrest until his trial at an undetermined future date.

Azerbaijan's President Pardons Blogger Jailed For Visiting Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has pardoned a Russian-Israeli blogger who was jailed after traveling to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.


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