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Rapid Trident Military Exercises Under Way In Ukraine

More than 1,800 troops from 14 countries are taking part in U.S.-led military drills near the western Ukrainian city of Yavoriv. Over the border, Zapad 2017, the military exercises held jointly by Belarus and Russia, have begun.

Swiss Lawn Instead Of Dirt In Yekaterinburg

Entrepreneur Yuri Okunev has built a lawn according to the latest Swiss standards, and plans to propose the technology, which helps conserve water, to municipal authorities. (over 295k views on Current Time TV, Facebook)

Bashkirs Rally In Defense Of Native Language

A mass demonstration was held on September 16 in Ufa, the capital of the Russian region of Bashkortostan, to support the official status of the Bashkir language.

Serbia's Gay Prime Minister Joins Pride Parade In Belgrade

Ana Brnabic, the first openly gay prime minister in the Balkan region and the first Serbian woman in the top job, has joined Belgrade's gay-pride parade.

OTHER NEWS

China, Russia Launch Naval Drills In Far East

A group of Chinese warships has arrived in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok to participate in the second round of joint naval exercises.

U.S. Ukraine Envoy Welcomes Russia Peacekeeping Proposal, But Sees 'Obstacles'

The U.S. special envoy to eastern Ukraine has called a Russian peacekeeping proposal a "step forward," but warns there are still many "obstacles" to the plan suggested by Moscow.

Poroshenko And Yatsenyuk Factions Hold Talks On Joining Forces

Speaking on September 18 in Kyiv, the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament Andriy Parubiy confirmed that the bloc led by Ukrainian Parliament Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front faction are holding talks on possible unification. (Ukrainian Service)

Russian Court To Hold Hearing In Lawsuit Over Wallenberg's Fate

A Russian court is scheduled to hold a hearing on September 18 in a lawsuit against the Federal Security Service by relatives of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and died in a Soviet KGB jail.

New Swank Moscow Park Has Rocky Beginning

The spectacular Zaryadye Park opened to great fanfare last weekend, despite being unfinished, with President Vladimir Putin and Moscow's mayor helping to mark the occasion, coinciding with the Russian capital's 870th anniversary.

Ukraine Prosecutor Says Saakashvili Won't Face Arrest

Ukraine's top prosecutor has said former Georgian President and Ukrainian regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili will not be arrested for defying authorities with his dramatic return to the country after his citizenship was canceled.

Independent Azerbaijani Journalist Gets Lengthy Prison Term

A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced Elcin Ismayilli, a journalist known for criticizing the government, to nine years in prison after a trial his lawyer contends was politically motivated.

Hundreds Protest In Moldova Against New Electoral Law

Hundreds of people have marched in Moldova's capital to protest against a controversial new electoral law.

Deportation To Uzbekistan: One Migrant Worker’s Kafkaesque Journey

For at least the third time in recent months, the European Court of Human Rights has stepped in to prevent a Moscow court from ordering the deportation of an Uzbek citizen back to the authoritarian Central Asian country.

International Games Open In Ashgabat

The opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games has taken place in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat.

BLOGGING THE CAUCASUS: How Stable Is North Ossetia?

MAJLIS PODCAST: Who Are The Candidates In Kyrgyzstan’s Presidential Election?

MOST READ/RUSSIA: Recovering The Voices Of Stalin’s Executioners

Denis Karagodin, a civil activist and private researcher from the city of Tomsk, spoke with RFE/RL about his recent findings on the activity of Stalin’s secret service, the NKVD, in Western Siberia. While researching the fate of his great grandfather, he uncovered NKVD documents detailing whom to arrest, and how to execute and dispose of the bodies. (over 41k views on Russian Service website)

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