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Beloved Odesa Teacher-Turned-YouTube Star Attacked

Ukrainian physics teacher Pavel Viktor became an unexpected celebrity after his online lectures went viral. Days after he was interviewed by Current Time, he was assaulted and robbed on his way from work.

Russians' Views Of Domestic Violence

A new study finds that almost 20 percent of Russians approve of the use of violence against their spouse or children.

Sentsov’s Mother Speaks About Sakharov Award

Commenting on the recent award of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to her son, imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov’s mother said, “I understand this is very prestigious. But I just want him [Sentsov’s return home].” (Current Time TV)

Russian Kids Appeal To Their New Deputy, MMA Champ Jeff Monson

Minnesota-born mixed-martial-arts champion Jeff Monson applied for Russian citizenship in 2015, saying he felt "Russian in spirit." In 2016, he began hosting the program Monson TV on Russian state-run RT television, and he was granted Russian citizenship earlier this year. After hearing his swearing-in speech as a newly appointed local councilman in broken Russian, kids in his district thought it better to appeal to him in English.


Shoigu Warns Of 'Serious Consequences' If U.S. Quits Nuclear Pact

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is warning that Washington's plans to withdraw from the 1987 INF Treaty will have "serious consequences" for Europe, and said that the European Union and NATO should weigh the consequences of a U.S. exit.

Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

The Russian navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway's coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

Kremlin Accuses U.S. Of Driving Wedge In Relations With Armenia

The Kremlin has taken issue with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's comments during a visit to Yerevan last week that it says were a thinly veiled call for Armenia to break with its traditional ally.

Novaya Gazeta Sent Sheep In Stunt After Report On Putin Ally

Russia's independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper has received nine live sheep dressed in press jackets bearing its name from an unknown source just days after publishing an investigative report about businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

FSB Detains Suspected Leaker In Skripal Case

Russian media is reporting that the FSB has detained a border guard employee suspected of selling information about the trips abroad of alleged GRU officers Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, both suspects in the alleged Skripal poisoning case. (Russian Service)

​Kadyrov Prefers All-Male Team In Politics

Answering a reporter’s question about women’s participation in politics on October 28, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that Chechen politicians find it easier to work in a male team, adding that two women who previously served in parliament “couldn't manage it.” (Caucasus Realities website)

Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Damaged After Dry Dock Sinks

Four people were injured and one remains missing after Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, suffered damage on October 30 when a floating dry dock sank while the vessel was leaving it, officials say.

Ukraine Appeals To International Court Over Russian Military Draft In Crimea

Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office has announced that a Russian military draft on the peninsula is a war crime and must be investigated by the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Since its annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has implemented the draft eight times, conscripting no fewer than 12,229 Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula. (Ukrainian Service)

First U.S. Trade Mission In Ten Years Arrives In Ukraine

A U.S. trade mission comprising 12 companies representing agriculture, energy, infrastructure and the IT sectors has arrived in Ukraine, raising local hopes that American business will open new companies in the country and participate in the privatization of state-owned enterprises. (Ukrainian Service)

Pashinian Advances Bid To Force Snap Elections

Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's parliamentary faction has nominated him for the top post for the second time in a week, executing part of a plan to force snap elections that could increase his dominance four months after he came to power.

Bosnians Shrug Off Cost Of Changing Citizenship

An exodus of skilled workers and young people from Bosnia, including doctors, architects, engineers, and students, is leaving for what they see as greener pastures elsewhere, with at least one Bosnian, on average, renouncing their citizenship every day.

Uzbek Vice Premier Fired After RFE/RL Report Revealed He Humiliated Farmers

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has fired the country's vice premier, Zoyyir Mirzayev, after an RFE/RL report revealed he had humiliated farmers on a recent agricultural inspection trip.

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