At least 53 people died and more than 30 were hospitalized in a string of alcohol poisoning cases across Ukraine since late September.
A majority of respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow rejected the notion of Russia joining the EU, pointing to the need for Russia “to have its own path,” internal EU problems and, in one case, the EU’s support of LGBT rights.
Uzbek officials were greeted by a traditional welcome in Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan, at the start of a visit to strengthen ties between the two countries. Relations grew tense following ethnic clashes in 2010.
With few jobs available at home, more than a million Tajiks, mostly men, have left their families to work in Russia as laborers.
This episode of RFE/RL’s Russian Service documentary series "Signs of Life" was nominated for the 2016 Association for International Broadcasting Awards.
The Kremlin has challenged the authenticity of leaked e-mails purportedly from the inbox of presidential aide Vladislav Surkov that appear to show the Russian government's coordination with separatists in eastern Ukraine.
A court in Moscow has fined the independent Levada Center 300,000 rubles ($4,800) for refusing to register as a "foreign agent."
Communities of Jehovah’s witnesses, numbering over 2,500 in Russia, have been subject to harassment and questionable trials recently. A court in Orel ruled one chapter “extremist,” a chapter in Karelia was fined approximately $795, and authorities in St. Petersburg confiscated one branch’s literature and electronics. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
The Moscow-based Institute for Strategic Research and Forecasts is under fire from Kremlin critics over a report that it has been secretly assessing the "protest potential" of students and staff at Russian universities and making its findings available to the authorities.
Accusations at the United Nations that Russia has killed dozens of children and other civilians in Syria have provoked an angry response from Moscow's UN ambassador.
Russian arms trader Viktor Bout, who is serving a 25-year prison term in the United States for illegally selling weapons to a Colombian terrorist group, has been transferred to a prison where he has more liberty and privileges.
President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to Ukrainian oligarch Eduard Shefrin, owner of the offshore holding company, Midland Group. (In Russian, Current Time)
Ukraine has created the Independent Anti-Corruption Committee On Defense, staffed by three Ukrainians and three foreigners, to address practices enabling corruption inside the military. (In Ukrainian)
In a move that has taken most employers by surprise, Ukrainian Premier Volodymyr Groysman has announced a plan to double the country’s minimum monthly wage to 3,200 hryvnia ($125.42), effective January 2017. (In Ukrainian)
Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko was in Moscow to demonstrate support for two imprisoned compatriots, a surprise trip that is believed to be her first to Russia since she was released from a Russian prison and returned home in a swap deal.
Azerbaijan has sentenced a pro-democracy activist to 10 years in prison amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent under President Ilham Aliyev's government.
E-mails belonging to former Kremlin adviser Vladislav Surkov that were released this week by the Ukrainian hacker group “Cyber Hunta” offer proof, according to Kirill Mikhailov, an expert at the Moscow-based Conflict Intelligence Team, that Russia was promoting separatist movements in Crimea and eastern Ukraine in February, 2014, before former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country and before shooting turned Kyiv’s Euromadian protests violent. (over 65k views on Russian Service website)