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THE POWER VERTICAL: Farewell, Russian World

Values are increasingly trumping ethnicity across the former Soviet space, and that’s good news.

Chechen Singer's Disappearance Linked To Alleged Antigay Campaign

A prominent gay-rights watchdog has alleged that a singer from Chechnya who disappeared in August was detained by the authorities in connection with a campaign targeting gay men in the southern Russian region.

Saakshvili Calls For 'Calm And Peaceful' Protest In Kyiv

In interview with RFE/RL, one day before thousands rallied in his support in Kyiv, former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili said the current generation of Ukrainian leaders needs to be replaced.

VOX POP: After Kyrgyz Election, What Do You Expect To Change?

Following Sunday’s presidential election in Kyrgyzstan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service asked people in the capital city, Bishkek, what they expect of the incoming president.


Russian, Iranian Diplomats To Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal This Week

A senior Russian diplomat says he expects to hold talks with an Iranian counterpart this week to discuss the situation surrounding the Iran nuclear deal following U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to abandon the multinational accord if it is not amended.

Russian Elections Chief Says Navalny Cannot Run Until 2028

Russia's top election official says that opposition politician Aleksei Navalny will not be eligible to run for office until about 2028.

European Court Orders Compensation for Navalny Brothers In Yves Rocher Case

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny, were denied the right to a fair trial in the so-called Yves Rocher case and ordered they be paid 75,000 Euros. The brothers’ defense has said it is now incumbent upon Russia’s Supreme Court to drop the criminal case (Russian Service)

Kadyrov Friend Takes Helm Of United Russia Party

Former Pskov regional governor Andrey Turchak has been appointed general secretary of the United Russia party. Turchak, who is believed to be behind the brutal 2010 beating of journalist Oleg Kashin, is a friend of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Kashin has written that all of Russia aspires to be as “advanced” as Chechnya. (Caucasus Realities)

Kadyrov And Mirziyoev Meet To Discuss Economic Cooperation

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev held talks in Uzbekistan on October 16 focusing on expanding trade, economic, and cultural ties between Uzbekistan and the Russian region.

Armenian, Azerbaijani Presidents Hold ‘Constructive’ Talks On Karabakh

The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents have discussed a possible settlement of the conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh at a meeting In Geneva.

Macedonia's Ruling Social Democrats Secure Sweep In Local Elections

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats have won a sweeping victory in the first round of local elections and delivered a severe blow to the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party that ruled much of the country for more than a decade.

Uzbek Rights Defender Mamathonov Released After Eight Years In Prison

Prominent Uzbek human rights advocate Ganihon Mamathonov has been released after spending eight years in prison.

PROFILE: Sooronbai Jeenbekov, Longtime Atambaev Ally With A Southern Touch, Poised For Kyrgyz Presidency

Sooronbai Jeenbekov, a protege of the outgoing president who was tabbed by officials as the winner of Kyrgyzstan's weekend presidential election, once humbly bragged: "I have climbed through all the ranks. If I become president, I've enough experience to serve the nation."

PODCAST: How Jeenbekov Won Kyrgyzstan’s Presidency And What Comes Next

PRESSROOM: RFE/RL Website Wins Silver In 2017 Lovie Awards

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