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FEATURE: Ukraine's War Wounds
FEATURE: Ukraine's War Wounds


Ukraine’s War Wounds


THE POWER VERTICAL: Pay-To-Play Diplomacy

German prosecutors are investigating whether a German engineering firm paid 8 million euros to win Russian contracts to build the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline.

Bombing In Kyiv Kills Two, Wounds Lawmaker

An explosion in the Ukrainian capital late on October 25 killed two people and wounded several others, including lawmaker Ihor Mosiychuk of the nationalist opposition Radical Party. The head of the party called the bombing a "terrorist attack."

Investigation Exposes Luxury Tastes Of Ukraine’s State Security Employees

RFE/RL’s investigative program Schemes has exposed the ownership of numerous luxury vehicles by employees of the economic counter- intelligence unit of Ukraine’s State Security Service. When questioned, employees offered no comment on their vehicles, whose value far exceeds an agent’s official salary. (over 539k views on Current Time TV Facebook)

No Answers In Kyrgyzstan 10 Years After Journalist's Killing

Ten years after the killing of RFE/RL contributor Alisher Saipov, no one has been brought to justice and his family is still waiting for answers.

Berdy Goes For Birdie

Turkmenistan's president brings his A-game in effort to introduce championship golf to his struggling nation.


Kaspersky Lab Says It Took Hacking Code From U.S. Computer

The Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab has acknowledged that its antivirus software took source code for a secret U.S. hacking tool from a personal computer in the United States.

New Russian Law Eases Blocking Of ‘Undesirable’ Websites

Russia’s State Duma has adopted a bill that allows the country’s media regulator Roskomnadzor to act without a court order to block websites of organizations that are deemed to be “undesirable.” The bill’s authors claim that current procedures to block a site are “too complicated.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Russia’s Novaya Gazeta To Arm Journalists

Editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov of Russia’s independent Novaya Gazeta has told Ekho Moskvy that he intends to "arm" the media outlet’s employees because of the growing threat of attacks on journalists and the lack of response by Russian law enforcement. agencies. (Russian Service)

Russian Journalists To Sue Over Demand For Telegram Encryption Keys

Two prominent Russian journalists say they will sue their country's main security agency over its demand that Telegram hand over encryption keys enabling authorities to decipher encoded messages transmitted on the popular app.

Russia To Invest Billions In Saudi ‘City Of The Future’

Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, told a forum in Riyadh that the Fund plans to invest several billion dollars in a proposed $500 billion Saudi project called “Neom” that will be a hi-tech research and development hub for biotechnologies and renewable energy. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Saakashvili To Appeal Revocation Of Citizenship

Former Governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili received documents revoking his Ukrainian citizenship on October 25. The former Georgian president says he intend to appeal the decision in court. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Yanukovych Treason Trial Adjourned Until December

The treason trial of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia has been adjourned until December 4 after his new lawyer asked for more time to prepare.

Released From Prison, Crimean Tatar Leader Vows To Fight On

Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz has vowed to press on with his fight to end the detainment of political prisoners in Russia and the annexed region of Crimea less than a day after his own release.

Poland Seeks To Attract Physicians From Neighboring Belarus

Poland’s health minister Konstanty Radziwiłł told local media that his country is preparing legislation to attract physicians from non-EU countries to work inside the country, noting that doctors from Belarus and Ukraine, in particular, would benefit from the new rules. (Belarus service)

Council Of Europe Warns Azerbaijan To Free Opposition Leader Or Face Legal Action

The Council of Europe has notified Azerbaijan that it will take unprecedented legal steps against Baku unless it releases imprisoned political leader Ilqar Mammadov by November 29.

Uzbek President On Official Visit To Ankara After Nearly 20-Year Pause

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev is on a two-day trip to Turkey, the first official visit to the country by Uzbekistan's president since 1999.

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Row: A Spat Between Friends Or A Parting Of Ways?

INFOGRAPHIC: The Most Powerful Passports In The World

PRESSROOM: RFE/RL Kazakh Reporter Wins Courage Award

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