In an informal street poll in Moscow, more respondents expressed interest in Russia’s elections, because they live there, but not a single respondent was able to name a candidate from his district. (In Russian)
Russians go to the polls this weekend to elect the 450 members of the federal parliament, the State Duma. Leaders of the Communist Party are campaigning, promising voters a return to the glory days.
Protesters picketed the German and French embassies in Kyiv as the two countries' foreign ministers arrived in Ukraine to revive peace talks with Russia-backed separatists.
Ukraine has sent its largest-ever contingent of athletes to the Paralympic Games. Petro Ostrynskiy, 60, is determined to bring home a medal.
Russian opposition political parties Yabloko and Parnas publically declare Crimea part of Ukraine, but Russia’s electoral law requires them to run candidates from Crimea and Sevastopol in order to participate in Sunday’s Duma elections. (In Russian)
Rights groups say Russian-backed authorities in Crimea are using threats and intimidation to get out the vote in parliamentary elections that Ukraine has denounced as illegitimate because they are being held on territory seized by Moscow.
The World Anti-Doping Agency said on September 14 that another batch of athletes' data has been leaked by the same Russian cyber-espionage group that published confidential data earlier this week.
The United Nations says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached more than 9,600 as the situation in the region deteriorates.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that Ukraine is showing "welcome signs of recovery," following a September 14 decision by the Fund to approve a loan disbursement for Ukraine of $1 billion.
Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced a criminal probe of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, raising the specter of another public blow to a fractious ruling coalition.
Russian media is speculating that Vladimir Markin, chief spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, may be stepping down.
A fatwa issued by Islamic scholars in Grozny seems to give Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov license to punish those whose religious views don't chime with his own.
In Abu Gosh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the massive Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque stands as a high-profile gesture by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to a town with possible historical ties to the North Caucasus.
New constitutional amendments will allow President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to run in future presidential elections, regardless of his age.
Tatiana Stanova, an expert with Moscow’s Center for Political Technologies, told RFE/RL that the Kremlin is using this Sunday’s elections to test the effectiveness of its governing system in light of declining incomes, low oil prices and other strains; and to identify a new pro-Putin elite. (In Russian)
Russian political commentators say the case against Russia’s acting anti-corruption chief Dmitriy Zakharchenko, who was charged with bribery on September 10 after police found 8.5 billion rubles (approximately $130 million) in his apartment, is the result of infighting among political clans and not part of an effort to combat corruption. (In Russian)
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