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Survival Kit For Ukraine’s Freshman Lawmakers (RFE/RL Ukrainian Service)

VISUAL REPORTS

How A Day Of Protests Went Down On Putin's Birthday

RFE/RL takes a closer look at five of the weekend’s biggest rallies, during which more than 270 Russians were detained as they demonstrated across the country to demand the release of jailed anticorruption crusader and presidential hopeful Aleksei Navalny.

Nemtsov Supporters Mark Slain Putin Critic's 58th Birthday

Friends and colleagues of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov gathered at the site of his killing in Moscow on what would have been his 58th birthday on October 9.

Belarusian Firm Brings Dinosaurs To Life

A Belarusian firm has become a player in the global theme park business by producing robotic dinosaurs.

Bosnian Court Acquits Wartime Commander Oric

A court in Sarajevo on October 9 found former commander Naser Oric not guilty of war crimes during Bosnia's conflict of the 1990s.

A Kosovar Mother's Museum Of Lost Sons

A woman in Kosovo has created a museum to help her mourn her husband and four sons who were all killed during the 1998-99 war in the former Yugoslavia.

OTHER NEWS

Russia Warns RFE/RL It May Face 'Restrictions'

The Russian Justice Ministry has warned Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that it may impose restrictions on some of the broadcaster's operations in Russia and Ukraine's annexed Crimea region in response to what Moscow claims is pressure on Russian state-funded outlets in the United States.

Kremlin Defends Missile Deal With Saudi Arabia

Speaking on October 9, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the deal to supply the long-range S-400 air-defense missile systems to Riyadh "isn't directed against any third country."

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS Patients Work Together To Overcome Medication Shortages

Problems with the distribution of HIV/AIDS medications have become endemic in Russia, forcing patients increasingly to rely on one another to get the treatments they need.

Putin Burger With Lies, Please

An international beef sizzled over the weekend after social media grilled a fake Russian report about a New York restaurant honoring President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday with a special hamburger.

Ukraine Prosecutor Claims FSB Behind Kyiv Slaying

Ukraine's top prosecutor has claimed that the killing of a former Russian lawmaker who was shot dead in Kyiv in March was ordered by a former partner of the victim's wife, and suggested that Russia’s Federal Security Service was behind it.

Erdogan Pledges Support For Ukraine's Territorial Integrity During Kyiv Visit

During a visit to Kyiv, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Life In Debaltseve Governed By Propaganda, In Defiance Of Minsk

The 2014 Minsk Memorandum requires that the eastern city of Debaltseve be returned to Kyiv’s control, but residents say the city is 80 percent destroyed, separatist flags fly over damaged buildings, and a “Propaganda Bus” takes kids around the region and teaches them about World War II. (Donbas Realities,Ukrainian Service)

Russian Artists To Be Screened Before Performing In Ukraine

The Ukrainian parliament has adopted a law requiring that citizens of the “aggressor country” Russia who plan to perform in Ukraine must be cleared by the Security Service to ensure they haven’t broken any Ukrainian laws, including performing in annexed Crimea. (Ukrainian Service)

EU 'Ready To Welcome' Lukashenka To Upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit

European Union sources say that for the first time, the bloc is ready to welcome Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to its Eastern Partnership summit next month.

Georgian President Vetoes Constitutional Amendments

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has vetoed amendments to the constitution that would convert the government to a parliamentary-style system. ,

Former Kyrgyz Prosecutor Convicted In Politically Charged Trial

A Kyrgyz court has handed a five-year prison term to former Prosecutor-General Aida Salyanova, who is now an opposition lawmaker, but postponed her imprisonment until her 2-year-old daughter reaches age 14.

Uzbek Official Dies After Being Disgraced For Bad Cotton Harvest

Shortly after being subjected to a harsh, obscenity-filled scolding over a disappointing cotton harvest, Asilbek Yusupov collapsed and fell into a coma, and died two days later.

Turkmen Leader Vows To Spend Million on Gas, Oil Sector

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has vowed to spend tens of billions of dollars to prop up the country’s oil-and-gas sector, which has been hurt by low global prices and falling demand from Russia.

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