Thousands of people gathered on September 20 on Rustaveli Avenue in the center of Georgia’s capital to protest against the government and the ruling Georgian Dream party leader Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman and former prime minister whom critics accuse of ruling the country from behind the scenes.
Police in Kazakhstan have broken up opposition rallies in several cities, including the capital Nur-Sultan, detaining dozens. Crowds gathered to protest against Chinese investment and the continued influence of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
Three children look happy and healthy now with their grandparents in Georgia, but that's after living for a year with their mother in an Iraqi jail.
Hundreds have protested outside Serbia's presidency against small hydropower plants, many of which have been built illegally, including in nature preserves, arguing that they ruin local ecosystems.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on countries to reject Beijing’s demands to repatriate ethnic Uyghurs to China, where they face repression, declaring that Beijing's detention of Uyghur Muslims has nothing to do with terrorism, as China claims, but is an attempt "to erase" minority cultures and religions.
Russian media reports that the Russian state development corporation VEB.RF has hired former U.S. Congressman John Sweeney to provide legal services, which “may include potential meetings with U.S. government officials on potential new sanctions that could affect VEB.RF.” The contract is for one year and amounts to $62,500 per month. VEB.RF has been under U.S. sanctions since 2014 and is not able to attract debt financing from Americans for more than 14 days. (Russian Service)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is stuck in the middle of a political fight in Washington with very real stakes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree entrusting Russia with financing the modernization of the armed forces of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, which Georgia accuses Russia of occupying since 2008. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
A performance on September 19 titled Get Jailed For A Text, organized by popular rapper Oxxxymiron, was the latest in a series of public events held amid a groundswell of support for Russians sentenced to prison in the wake of protests that swept the capital this summer.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who has been the subject of two investigations, has compared anti-corruption investigations carried out by journalists to the denunciations that could lead to prison or death during Stalin’s Great Terror.
Albert Razin died in a hospital in Izhevsk on September 10, hours after setting himself alight in protest over the fate of his native language, Udmurt. “This was a political protest,” his wife, Yulia Razina told RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says it has begun compliance proceedings against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) over “inconsistencies” in the data it supplied at the start of the year.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has decided to sign an agreement simplifying the visa regime for Belarusian citizens traveling to European Union member states. To be enacted, the agreement must be ratified by Belarus's parliament and approved by the European Parliament.
Bulgaria's parliament will set up a commission to investigate a crisis at Bulgarian National Radio sparked by the suspension of a prominent journalist and accusations of management using threats and censorship against staff.
Turkmen student activist Omurzak Omarkuliev has not been heard from since he was arrested by authorities in Ashgabat in March 2018 and disappeared within the country's prison system. After his story was highlighted on September 16 by the Prove They Are Alive! campaign at the OSCE's human rights conference in Warsaw, the missing student activist resurfaced in a YouTube video.