In an interview with RFE/RL, 2016 Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich said, "it is very important that the entire world accepts the idea that you need to kill ideas and not people."
Prominent Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya, murdered 10 years ago, exposed the brutality of Russia's war in Chechnya, and documented how President Vladimir Putin was curtailing democracy in Russia.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s sons, aged between 8 and 10, competed in a mixed martial arts tournament in Chechnya, much to the delight of their father and in violation of MMA rules. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Georgian opposition lawmaker Givi Targamadze escaped injury after a suspected bomb destroyed his car on October 4, just three days before the country is due to hold parliamentary elections.
Russia has suspended another nuclear agreement with the United States, this one promoting cooperation on nuclear energy research.
Russia says two of its warships have left their Crimean base at Sevastopol and are heading to the Mediterranean Sea to reinforce the country’s military presence in the region.
An October 3 ruling by the Kremlin’s Commission On Legislative Activities authorizes Russia’s defense ministry to commit resources for up to one year to conduct “anti-terrorist” operations and “maintain or restore peace and security" abroad. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Lawmakers in Ukraine have called on parliaments across the world to defend the rights of Roman Sushchenko and Mykola Semena, two Ukrainian journalists held in Moscow and the Crimean Peninsula, respectively.
Leaders of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” laid out plans for 2017, saying they will set a minimum monthly wage of $128 USD, create agricultural companies, produce their own products, open new supermarkets, and lower prices, raising questions as to whether such ambitions will be bankrolled by Russia. (In Russian)
Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev and two Yazidi women are the favorites to win the European Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize.
A recent Levada Center poll finds that 17 percent of Russian respondents accuse the country’s security services of killing Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, compared with 28 percent in 2011. Eighteen percent of respondents link security services to the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko, down from 31 percent in 2011. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Two recent developments cast a pall over Ramzan Kadyrov’s inauguration on October 5 -- his 40th birthday -- for a third consecutive term as Chechnya’s leader.
In less than one month, Uzbekistan's new leader, Shavkat Mirziyaev, has moved to improve ties with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, sparking hopes for a new era of regional cooperation.
Cato Institute analyst Andrey Illarionov told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that Russia “is in a state of panic” after the release of a Dutch-led report on the 2014 downing of Malaysian airliner MH17, and is engaging in “nuclear blackmail” to deflect the report’s accusations. (Over 50k views on Russian Service website)