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Ukraine Continues To Withdraw Heavy Weapons

Ukraine's 128th mountain force brigade, stationed in Stanichno in the eastern Luhansk region, continues to pull back its 100 mm caliber weapons from the boundary line, in accordance with Minsk Group agreements.


Belarus’s Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

At the end of the Soviet period in the early 1990s, RFE/RL Belarus Service Director Aleksander Lukashuk, who knows Alexievich personally, ran a publishing house that issued some of her work. For inquiries, he may be contacted at or at +420 221 123 276.

Russia’s Shock and Awe

The Kremlin is broadcasting its campaign in Syria with slick videos, drone footage, animated graphics, and social media finesse, exemplifying information warfare for the 21st-century. Brian Whitmore’s blog on Vladimir Putin’s latest “little action movie” is here.

Russia Brings Reinforcements to Tajikistan

Amid rising insurgency in northern Afghanistan, Russia will station an unspecified number of Mi-24P attack and Mi-8MTV transport and combat helicopters at its base near the Tajik capital city, Dushanbe, 170 kilometers north of the country's border with Afghanistan.

Is The Caucasus Emirate On The Rebound?

Video footage uploaded to YouTube last week suggests that the Imarat Kavkaz has named a new leader and reestablished a presence in Chechnya, where its fighters aim to resume their ‘jihad’ against the republic's Moscow-backed leadership.

Early Voting Manipulated in Belarus

On the first day of early voting for Belarus’s October 11 presidential election, monitors report that voters have been harassed and turnout numbers have been inflated in numerous precincts. (In Belarusian)

Poll Finds Russians Fear "New" Afghanistan

Forty-seven percent of respondents in a Levada Center poll believe that Russia should support Syrian President Bashar Assad against the extremist group Islamic State and the Syrian opposition. Thirty-nine percent of those polled believe the country’s involvement in Syria could escalate into a "new" Afghanistan. (Current Time TV)

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