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Human Rights Envoy Disturbed By Alleged Abuses Of Gay Men In Chechnya

In an interview with RFE/RL, the Council of Europe’s human rights chief, Nils Muiznieks, said he was very disturbed by reports of torture and killing of gay men in Chechnya, and rights abuses in Russia-occupied Crimea.

Serbian Teachers Demand Higher Salaries, Less Central Control

Serbian teachers gathered in central Belgrade to demand higher salaries and protest the government's plan to take more central control of public schools.

Moldova's Pro-Russian President Warns Of 'Revolution'

Moldova's pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon, has warned his country's pro-Western government against impeaching him, saying it could trigger a revolution.

Russian Buran Spacecraft Grounded At Abandoned Hangar In Baikonur

Current Time TV obtained video of Buran, the first Soviet space shuttle and the symbol of 20th century technological progress, now gathering dust in an abandoned hangar in the Kazakh city of Baikonur. (over 102k view on Current Time TV Facebook)


U.S. Senate Unanimously Confirms Huntsman As Ambassador To Russia

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jon Huntsman, a former U.S. envoy to China and governor of the state of Utah, as ambassador to Russia.

Former Russian Ambassador Kislyak Joins Parliament

Sergei Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador to the United States whose contacts with U.S. President Donald Trump's team stirred controversy, has joined the Russian parliament, representing Russia's Republic of Mordovia in the legislature’s upper chamber.

Ukraine Security Chief Says Depot Blasts Dealt 'Big Blow' To Combat Capability

Explosions at two large Ukrainian military depots this year have caused losses of ammunition so high that they represent the biggest blow to Ukraine's combat capability since conflict began with Russia-backed separatists in 2014.

Ukraine City Official Shot Dead After Interview On Corruption

Officials in the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy say a municipal councilor has been shot dead just hours after he spoke on local television about corruption within the city’s utility services.

Navalny Detained, Prevented From Attending Rally

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says he has been detained outside his home on Moscow on his way to a rally in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Telegram CEO Durov Says Russia's FSB Demands Messenger's Encryption Keys

Russia's main security agency has demanded encryption keys to the popular Telegram messaging app, according to the company's founder, as authorities ratchet up pressure on what has grown into a vibrant platform for political discussion in the country.

U.S., Russia To Cooperate On Lunar Orbiting Station

The U.S. and Russian space agencies have announced a new collaboration to build a space station orbiting the moon.

Another Worrying Sign For Russia's Dire Demographics

Many advanced economies are wondering how breakthroughs in technology could leave whole swaths of the population unemployed, but in Russia the government is pondering how to fill jobs with a dramatically shrinking work force.

Dozens Of Gays Reported Arrested In Azerbaijani Crackdown

Rights groups and activists on September 28 said dozens of gay people have been jailed in Azerbaijan in recent weeks, and called for their release.

Serbia's Media Stage Blackout In Defense Of Free Press

Independent media in Serbia have staged a blackout to denounce what they call the worsening situation for free media in the country.

BLOGGING THE BALKANS: 'Nothing To Be Cheerful About': Bosnians Turn To Antidepressants

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: Some Winners, Many Losers, After Turkmenistan’s Asian Games

MOST READ/UKRAINE: How Ukraine’s State Security Chief Celebrated His Birthday

Reporting what could be an abuse of office, RFE/RL’s investigative program Schemes has disclosed that Ukraine State Security Administration Chief Valeriy Heletei enlisted administration staff to provide security and check in guests at an event to celebrate his birthday. Schemes also found that one employee has been a driver for Heletei’s family for several years. (Ukrainian Service)

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