Competition In Praise Of Turkmen President
Members of Turkmenistan’s council of elders compete to bestow praise upon President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, who is popularly revered as “hero” of the nation. (over 176k views on Current Time TV Facebook)
House Upside Down: Crimea
Russia-backed authorities in Crimea searched the homes of several Crimean Tatar activists on October 11, continuing a crackdown targeting members of the peninsula’s indigenous minority. (Crimea Realities website)
Belarusian Student Crowned First Miss Wheelchair World
Alyaksandra Chychykava has won the first international beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs, and hopes her story might inspire other disabled people.
Lines At Border Amid Kyrgyz-Kazakh Spat
Frustrated travelers waited in long lines which on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, days after a diplomatic row between the two countries.
Top U.S. Senators Criticize White House For Delay on Russian Sanctions
Two leading U.S. senators have accused President Donald Trump’s administration of dragging its feet on enforcing a new sanctions law on Russia.
Moscow Protests 'Stolen' Flags At Former U.S. Consulate
Russia lashed out at the United States on October 11, lodging a protest and claiming that Russian flags were stolen from its vacated consulate in San Francisco. The charge was immediately disputed by the U.S. State Department.
Russia's FSB Accuses Six Crimean Tatars Of Being Hizb ut-Tahrir Members
Activists in Russian-controlled Crimea say six Crimean Tatars have been detained on suspicion of “extremism” in what the activists and the Ukrainian government say is part of a campaign of repression targeting members of the Muslim group.
Russia Rebukes The ‘Slanderers’
Andrei Klimov, head of a temporary commission tasked by the Kremlin this summer with protecting Russian state sovereignty, has presided over an October 10 report that finds that "interference in Russia's internal affairs" has been increasing since 2014. As proof, Klimov has cited “growing anti-Russian propaganda” in the West. (Russian Service)
EU States Agree On 'Aspiration' Declaration About Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova
EU ambassadors have agreed to recognize the European aspirations of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, according to a draft statement of next month’s Eastern Partnership summit seen by RFE/RL.
Belarus To Screen First Film In Belarusian
To celebrate the 500-year anniversary of book printing in Belarus the Dutch film, Storm: Letters van Vuur, will be dubbed into Belarusian and screened for the country’s audiences, marking the first time a foreign movie has been shown in the local language. ( Belarus Service)
PACE Criticizes Azerbaijan On Human Rights, Justice System
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has expressed concerns over Azerbaijan’s “unprecedented crackdown on human rights” and urged reforms to ensure the independence of the judiciary.
Outgoing Kyrgyz President, Allies In 'Panic' Over Successor Battle
Critics say outgoing President Almazbek Atambaev and his allies are trying to discredit their rivals in a desperate bid to help their favored candidate win in this weekend's presidential election.
Profiles: Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Hopefuls
Eleven candidates are registered for Kyrgyzstan's October 15 presidential election, but polls appear to show two clear front-runners in what could shape up to be a rare competitive vote in post-Soviet Central Asia.
Turkmen President Orders Major Hike In Household Water Prices
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has ordered the end of deeply discounted water, gas, and electricity in a decree prompted by falling energy prices and sales, which have depleted government revenues.