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PHOTOGALLERY: Armenia's Broken Heritage


Armenia's Broken Heritage


Fascism: Russian Media’s New Favorite Label

Whether the subject is the United States, NATO, the EU, or the Paralympics, in Russian media, everyone’s getting called a "fascist."

Sakharov Prize Spotlights Human Rights Defenders

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev and two Yazidi women are among the contenders for the human rights award, named after famed Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov and handed out annually by the European Parliament.

Georgia Opposition Rallies After Car Bombing

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Tbilisi three days before parliamentary elections.

Tajiks Go Gut-To-Gut In Pilaf Challenge

There was no room left for dessert as Tajik heavyweights sat down for a pilaf eating competition at an open-air festival in northern Sughd Province.


Moscow Threatens To Down U.S. Aircraft That Attack Syrian Forces

In the harshest remark to date by a Russian official about the air campaigns in Syria, Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov suggested that Russian antiaircraft systems may shoot down U.S. or U.S.- led coalition aircraft if they attack Syrian forces.

Finland Suspects Russian Warplane Violated Airspace

Finland's Defense Ministry says it suspects a Russian warplane violated its airspace on October 6, forcing it to scramble military jets to identify the Su-27 fighter flying over the Baltic Sea.

Putin Fires Twelve Police Generals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired twelve high ranking police generals, reappointing a majority of them to lead departments in the interior ministry, which is now subordinate to the newly established National Guard. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Russia’s Investigative Committee Spokesman Fired

Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia’s investigative Committee, has been dismissed from his post by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will now serve as first deputy director general of RusHydro, state-owned hydroelectricity giant. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Russia Says IS Fighter Killed In North Caucasus

Russian security officials say a member of the Islamic State extremist group and five other militants have been killed in counterterrorism operations in the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia.

Parallels, But No Closure After Politkovskaya’s Murder

Ten years later, Ilya Politkovsky, the son of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who has scoured all known evidence relating to his mother’s death, is still no closer to knowing who the mastermind was.

Lukashenka Wants More Opposition Members In The Parliament

Belarus President Alyaksander Lukashenka told a meeting of deputies on October 7 that there are not enough opposition representatives in parliament, and that “ I would like to have more.” (In Belarusian)

Georgia Vote Emerges As Proxy Battle

With opinion polls suggesting no party will win a clear majority, the political giants behind Georgia's two leading political forces have taken center stage to talk up their respective parties' chances in this weekend's national elections.

Turkmen Authorities Giveth and Taketh Away

In Turkmenistan, where the country’s economic tailspin has meant wage arrears and shortages of basic foodstuffs for many, there are reports that the state is taking “voluntary contributions” from employees.

MOST READ/RUSSIA: U.S. Responses To Kremlin’s Nuclear Blackmail

Over 40k readers of RFE/RL’s Russian Service were interested in the U.S. reaction to Russia’s decision to suspend an agreement on plutonium storage/use. Harvard’s Nicholas Roth said Moscow’s decision undermines its ability to present itself as an advocate for nuclear arms control. The Hudson Institute’s Richard Weitz said the White House would perceive the move as pure propaganda. The McCain Institute’s David Kramer said it’s a sign that the Kremlin has lost respect for the United States.” (Over 40k views on Russian Service Website)

IN MEMORIAM: Anna Politkovskaya's Last Interview

In her last interview, given to RFE/RL’s Russian Service just two days before she was murdered in her Moscow apartment building on October 7, 2006, journalist Anna Politkovskaya accused Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov of numerous crimes and human rights abuses, and called him “the “Stalin of our days for the Chechen people.” The original, in Russian, is here.

INFOGRAPHIC: Afghanistan, 15 Years On

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