This is the fourth part in a special Daily Vertical series on Vladimir Putin and The Ghosts Of Kremlins Past.
Crimean Tatars posted video on Facebook showing Russian police conducting house searches in Simferopol on October 12, in which five men were apparently arrested on terror charges.
Ukrainian troops engaged in heavy exchanges of gunfire overnight with Russia-backed separatists in the eastern city of Maryinka.
Political turmoil continues in Macedonia, where the opposition organized a large rally in Skopje, two months ahead of elections planned for December.
Respondents to an informal street in poll in Moscow said Russian authorities are responsible for worsening economic conditions, although some blamed external factors like Western sanctions and the low price of oil. (In Russian)
Russia says a mortar attack has targeted its embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the second such attack this month.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has brushed off assertions that the Kremlin is meddling in the U.S. presidential election and said that criticism of Moscow during the campaign is "poisoning" bilateral ties.
Russia's state-run oil firm Rosneft bought a majority stake in Bashneft for $5.2 billion, providing a major cash infusion to fill deficits in the Kremlin's budget.
Construction of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline in the Black Sea will begin next year, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said on October 12.
Gennady Timchenko, a billionaire ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin hit with U.S. sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, has been named Serbia’s honorary consul in St. Petersburg.
The teenage daughter of renowned Russian mixed-martial-arts fighter Fyodor Yemelyanenko has been hospitalized after reportedly being assaulted by an unidentified man on October 12.
A new influx of Chechen migrants has reportedly gathered at the Belarus-Poland border in Brest, despite the frontier being closed. (In Russian)
Addressing the October 12 meeting of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Ukrainian Pilot and former Russian prisoner Nadia Savchenko said that 70 percent of Ukrainian separatists “regret taking up arms” and would like to return to Ukraine. (In Russian)
The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly adopted Ukraine-related resolutions on October 12 addressing Russian aggression in Ukraine and human rights in separatist-controlled Ukrainian territories, and passed amendments to extend the Russian delegation’s suspension from the Assembly. (In Ukrainian)
Kazakhstan has launched oil production at the Caspian Sea Kashagan offshore field, the world's biggest oil discovery in almost 40 years.
A majority of Central Asia’s approximately 68 million people live in the east of the region, while most of the region's substantial hydrocarbon wealth is located in its western half. Now officials in Kazakhstan's Mangistau Province are hoping to address the imbalance by harnessing the resources of the Caspian Sea.
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