Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia are moving West, despite the pressure.
A Russian court has sentenced opposition politician Aleksei Navalny to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating legislation governing protests and demonstrations.
An American named Peter chose to live in Ukraine after visiting 85 countries. He is collecting money to build a kitchen and bathroom for the internally displaced family he is living with. (124k views, Ukrainian Service Facebook)
An Uzbek teacher set himself alight and leaped from the roof of his home to protest plans to demolish 500 houses that authorities in Uzbekistan’s western Karakalpakstan region say are illegal.
A U.S.-based research group on North Korea says a Russian state-owned Internet company has started providing Pyongyang an alternate connection to the global Internet.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has again complained about U.S. law enforcement taking over the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, threatening unspecified retaliation against U.S. diplomats.
Russian media have devoted extensive coverage to police violence that marred a referendum in the Spanish region of Catalonia, painting a picture of double standards in a European Union rattled by referendums and fighting for survival.
Ever since Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny began organizing fresh anticorruption protests in March, teachers and administrations across the country have warned students of the potentially dire consequences of such dissent.
A new Finnish project, Russian Military Watch, provides a comprehensive visual illustration of Russian military maneuvers, based on official Russian statements. For example, users can verify the deployment of new Su-30SM jets, or the movements of the Kremlin’s Caspian flotilla. (Russian Service)
RFE/RL’s Donbas Realities website reports that while Ukraine’s Defense Ministry ordered the new Kozak armored vehicle for military duty last March, deployment is so slow that, according to one soldier, the AMV “has only been seen in parades.” (Ukrainian Service)
A transport plane has delivered two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, the initial shipment of a six-jet deal that could add to East-West tensions in the Balkans.
Azerbaijani authorities say they arrested more than 80 people last month who offered "sexual services," following reports by international rights groups that the government had rounded up dozens of members of the country's gay community.
A France-based rights group has urged Uzbek authorities to release journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, who supporters say has been held incommunicado in custody for several days.
Former head of RFE/RL’s St. Petersburg bureau Viktor Rezunkov, 60, has died following a serious illness.(Russian Service)