U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton laid flowers on October 23 at the site where Russian opposition leader and vocal Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on February 27, 2015. Bolton was in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders.
Bella, a 21-year-old Nigerian, says she was released from sexual slavery in Moscow after an NGO helped police locate her. She says she entered Russia with promises of work and a Fan ID for the World Cup -- an alternative to a visa that was arranged by human traffickers.
For a few heady days beginning on October 23, 1956, Hungarians rose up and retook the streets from their Soviet hegemon. Soviet troops eventually entered Budapest and crushed the uprising. Six decades years later, the politics may have changed, but the city’s historic streets remain remarkably similar.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said after talks in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin that Washington will make arrangements for President Donald Trump to meet with Putin in Paris on November 11.
The INF’s future is in jeopardy, but the demise of an even bigger, more comprehensive bilateral arms treaty called New START may be next. And experts suggest that if that deal were to become obsolete, it would all but guarantee a new arms race.
Speaking four days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said, "We will, of course, assess the implications for NATO allies for our security of the new Russian missiles and the Russian behavior. But I don't foresee that [NATO] allies will station more nuclear weapons in Europe as a response to the new Russian missile."
Switzerland is bringing espionage charges against two Russian intelligence officers who are suspected of planning a cyberattack against a chemical laboratory belonging to the Swiss Ministry of Defense in Spitz. The lab was involved in investigations relating to the Skripal poisoning case in Salisbury earlier this year. (Russian Service)
A new tender to insure the launch of the Soyuz rocket and a cargo ship to the International Space Station has drawn no bids in Russia. The initial value of the tender was more than $1.7 million, with the aim to insure the launch for more than $48.9 million. A joint Russian-U.S. space mission earlier this month ended with an emergency landing as a booster on its Soyuz rocket failed soon after lift-off. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Thirty residents of Ingushetia have filed complaints to Roskomnadzor, the Russian media regulator, claiming that mobile service was suspended during recent rallies against a border agreement with Chechnya in Russia’s North Caucasus region. A lawyer for the group says there are more than 400 similar complaints, indicating that service was interrupted between October 3-17 without legal basis or public notification. (Russian Service)
Ukrainians are protesting in front of government buildings in Kyiv following the announcement on October 19 of a 23.5 percent hike in gas prices, effective November 1. (Ukrainian Service)
Seventeen Tajiks have gone on trial on suspicion of involvement in the killing of four foreign cyclists on a southern mountain road in late July. The trial started on October 23 and is being held behind closed doors inside a jail in Dushanbe.
Kazakh Labor and Social Security Minister Madina Abylqasymova announced on October 21 a plan to “liquidate” dozens of depopulated villages in a Kazakh province bordering Russia. She said that 38 villages with a population of 10 or less will no longer officially exist, and their residents will be relocated to other, more developed areas in the region.