The new Russian Cultural Center in Paris comprises the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox church, a Russian-French primary school, an exhibition center, a concert hall, and apartments and administrative facilities for the priests and Russian embassy staff. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
A majority of respondents to a street poll in Moscow said that Russia should retain control of the border. A few people, citing hope for sanctions relief and difficulties posed by separatists, said it should be returned to Ukraine. (In Russian)
In a bid for new legislation supportive of the country’s defense industry, the Ukrainian company Ukroboronprom put on a display for Parliament of new military hardware, including the armored vehicle Dozor-B, and Phantom, a diminutive, tactical, armored vehicle. (In Ukrainian)
A grieving widower has been forced to bury his Christian wife three times amid religious tensions over her Baptist faith in Kyrgyzstan.
According to Current Time TV, the Russian hacker arrested in Prague on October 5 is likely 29 year-old Evgeniy Nikulin. The instagram account “i.tak.soidet” shows images of shoes and a car that match those captured in a video of the arrest. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
The leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia agreed on October 19 - 20 to draw up a road map by the end of next month to carry out the Minsk peace agreement for eastern Ukraine.
The United States has called for a special meeting with Russia over alleged violations of a landmark arms-control treaty amid deepening U.S. fears about Moscow's intentions.
The leaders of France and Germany, after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 20 in Berlin, lambasted Moscow for its bombardment of Syria and refused to rule out imposing sanctions on Russia.
Russia’s State Duma is reviewing proposed amendments to the law "On military duty and military service" that, according to lawyer Anton Scherbak, could legalize the use of paramilitary groups for deployment in Syria and Ukraine’s Donbas region. (In Russian)
Some experts say the October 17 decree expanding sanctions against Russia promises to be painful, but could compel Ukrainian companies to modernize and explore new markets. (In Ukrainian)
Russian anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny told Current Time TV that Katerina Tikhonova, believed to be Vladimir Putin’s daughter, undoubtedly “has big political ambitions,” and that her development fund Innopraktika, which has received sizeable donations from Russian state companies, is a potential springboard to political power. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
Belarus has welcomed a U.S. decision to prolong the suspension of sanctions against nine Belarusian companies.
Maia Sandu, a leading pro-Western candidate in this month's presidential election in Moldova, is warning of potentially "massive fraud" in the vote, which has further divided the tiny post-Soviet state's already fractious political scene.
“Anti-Americanism is the Marxism of the Russian Spring and the religion of the ‘postmodern,’ postcommunist Russian rebirth,” writes Vladimir Pastukhov, a political scientist and a visiting fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.
Turkmenistan will hold a presidential election on February 12, 2017, a vote that the country’s two-term incumbent president is certain he’ll win.