Residents opposing a special status for the Donbas region, and relatives of family members who are captive in the occupied territories gathered during a visit of the German and French foreign ministers to the region. (In Ukrainian)
Students, doctors, teachers and other public sector workers must collect at least 50 kg of cotton or risk being dismissed from their jobs or school. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Soldiers from China, Russia and Central Asian nations have begun a week of military exercises in Kyrgyzstan.
Based on their observations of a series of electoral debates ahead of Sunday’s Duma elections, TV critic Alexander Melman and former Duma deputy Nikolai Travkin conclude that seven of the 14 parties participating in the polls were created by Kremlin-sponsored trolls with the aim of preventing the opposition from speaking. (In Russian)
Activists warn that Azerbaijan's government has stepped up repression of journalists, civil society activists, and human rights workers ahead of a key referendum, and urge the West to do more to confront Baku.
The Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli, 78, is barred from leaving the country and could face years in prison if tried and convicted on charges of assaulting a border guard, which he calls absurd.
An Instagram photo led Aleksei Navalny to an investigation of a lavish country estate used by Russia’s prime minister.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman announced "a budget of economic development" on September 15 that envisions at least 3 percent GDP growth. (In Ukrainian)
Denmark announced at the Yalta forum in Kyiv on September 16 that it will lead the EU program to fight corruption in Ukraine, with a focus on police, tax and judicial systems and project funding amounting to €16 million over three years, effective 2017. (In Ukrainian)
Speaking at the annual Yalta forum, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of transforming Crimea into a "concentration camp," and urged Western states to impose new sanctions on Moscow.
Sixteen years since the disappearance of Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze, his killer has been imprisoned, but those who ordered the murder have not been identified. (In Ukrainian)
A new Polish commission reviewing the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others has accused previous investigators of doctoring evidence..
On August 29, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov made a one-day visit to Berlin to attend the Turkmen-German business forum.
PARNAS party leader Mikhail Kasyanov says that if his party gets into the Duma, he will use this multi-million mandate to call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to resign and announce early elections. (over 40k views on Russian Service Website)