Protests Greet French And German Diplomats In Donbas
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)
The Cotton Harvest Has Begun In Uzbekistan
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)
Kyrgyzstan Hosts Military Drills With Russia And China
Soldiers from China, Russia and Central Asian nations have begun a week of military exercises in Kyrgyzstan.
POWER VERTICAL: Why Russia’s Duma Elections Matter
Kremlin Trolls Steal Opposition’s Show
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)
Azerbaijani Activists Warn Of Repression Ahead Of Referendum
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.
Azerbaijani Author Caught In Tightening Vise
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.
Navalny Publishes Details Of Medvedev Manor
An Instagram photo led Aleksei Navalny to an investigation of a lavish country estate used by Russia’s prime minister.
Ukrainian Government Approves 2017 Budget
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 To Lead Ukraine Counter Corruption Initiative
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)
Poroshenko Compares Crimea to ‘Concentration Camp’
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.
Gongadze Murder Marked, But Still Unsolved
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)
Polish Commission Alleges Tampering In Smolensk Crash Probe
A new Polish commission reviewing the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others has accused previous investigators of doctoring evidence..
Was Berdymukhammedov Seeking Treasure In Berlin?
On August 29, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov made a one-day visit to Berlin to attend the Turkmen-German business forum.
MOST READ/RUSSIA: Mikhail Kasyanov Planning Call for Putin To Resign
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)