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The Election Program: Gymnastics, Magic, Spectacle. (RFE/RL Belarus Service)


Putin Says Fighting Islamic State, Not Assad, A Priority

Russian President Vladimir Putin tells a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Dushanbe that it will be impossible to defeat the militant group Islamic State without cooperating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. Envoy Tells Russia's Neighbors: Having Putin As Your Only Friend Not A Good Idea

In an interview with RFE/RL Daniel Baer, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), says former Soviet republics should enhance their relations with the European Union and the United States and avoid dependence on Russia.


Crimea Faces High Imports And High Prices In 2016

Forecasts show that Crimea will need to import about 50% of its milk, 33% of its meat, and 27% of its eggs in 2016. Not only has the integration of Crimean and mainland Ukrainian agriculture been disrupted; the peninsula’s transition to the ruble and trade barriers have made products in Crimea more expensive than in Moscow. (In Ukrainian)

Russian Embassy Trolls Cameron, Doesn't Fool Anybody

Russia's embassy in London took to social media to exploit David Cameron's take on Jeremy Corbyn's election to lead the Labour Party, inadvertently unleashing a Twitter backlash against the Russian government itself.

Protests Unlikely, Russian Pollster Finds

A Levada Center survey finds that 80 percent of Russians believe that mass protests against a drop in living standards are unlikely, and wouldn’t participate in them. A higher number, 84 percent, would opt out of any political protest. (In Russian)

Foreign Currency Exchange Suspended In Kazakhstan

Currency exchange offices in Almaty and Astana have suspended the sale of US dollars and euros as the demand for foreign currency in Kazakhstan rises. The dollar is currently trading at 297 tenge, but there are no dollars or euros in stock. (In Russian)

Uzbek Militant: Jihad Has No Age Limit

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, an Uzbek militant who claims to be fighting alongside the Taliban-aligned Imam Bukhari Jamaat in Syria offers insights into the group’s ideology regarding the use of children as militants.

PHOTOGALLERY: Hasidic Jews Celebrate New Year In Ukraine

Hasidic Jews from around the world gathered in the Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Uman is a pilgrimage site and the burial place of Jewish spiritual leader Rebbe Nachman, a great grandson of the founder of Hasidism. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

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