Some have traveled to southern Russia, and others have sought refuge in quieter parts of Ukraine. Some families have fled together, while others have been separated. But all those displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine seek security and a chance to return to an ordinary life. This short documentary, shot by RFE/RL’s Russian Service last year, has been selected as a finalist in the 5th Annual Lovie Awards. Cast your vote by October 8 here.
Ukrainian security forces arrested 100 illegal amber miners in the Volyn region who tried blocking a major highway to protest a government crackdown on their work. Authorities say the lucrative business is run by criminal gangs. (Current Time TV)
In Russia, patriotism and politics can seep into all aspects of life, even children's toys. One small business in Moscow is churning out toy soldiers that pay tribute to the separatist fighters in Ukraine - and help fund the conflict. (Current Time TV)
A source in the department says the release of the pilot and parliamentary deputy to Ukrainian authorities is possible if Ukraine recognizes the verdict of the Russian court and ensures that Savchenko is punished in Ukraine. (Current Time TV)
A court in Russia’s central Nizhni Novgorod region has fined the ecological NGO “Green World” $4,587 for violating the “foreign agent law,” accusing it of engaging in political activity. (In Russian)
With presidential elections scheduled for October 11, the country’s central district court fined former presidential candidate Mikalay Statkevich the equivalent of $500 for holding an unauthorized rally in Minsk on September 16. Former presidential candidate Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu and United Civic Party leader Anatol Lyabedzka have been fined on similar charges.
Questioned about joining the Eurasian Economic Union, Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said “never say never,” adding that Azerbaijan is pursuing stronger bilateral relations with several of the Union’s member states. (In Russian)
Azeri political prisoner Leyla Yunus, who has cirrhosis and hepatitis C, has expressed fear for her life after prison authorities announced that her blood tests are normal and she can be transferred from a medical facility back to prison. (In Russian)