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Monument To Heydar Aliyev (RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service)
Monument To Heydar Aliyev (RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service)


THE POWER VERTICAL: Containment 2.0

The Kremlin is using every tool at its disposal to corrode, disrupt, and undermine Western institutions, and this is not going to change.

Azerbaijani Activist Receives 10-Year Prison Sentence

A Baku court has sentenced pro-democracy activist Qiyas Ibrahimov to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, a charge filed after he spray-painted an antigovernment slogan on a monument to the country's former president.

Alexievich Helps Belarus Family Find New Home

Following a report by RFE/RL’s Belarus Service, Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich decided to pay the mortgage for a struggling family in Belarus.

Tajik Migrants Are Top Clients At Paternity Testing Clinic

A DNA clinic in Tajikistan is doing a brisk business in paternity tests, particularly among migrant workers who have doubts about their partner’s fidelity after long stretches apart.

Tajikistan Plunged Into Darkness

An outage at the Nurek hydroelectric dam was responsible for a power failure that plunged the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, into darkness on October 28.


Moldova Presidential Election Headed For Runoff

Moldova’s presidential election appears to be headed toward a runoff, preliminary results showed early on October 31.

Georgians Vote In Second-Round Parliamentary Elections

Georgians have gone to the polls on October 30 for a second round of parliamentary elections to decide the outcome of one-third of the seats in the 150-seat legislature.

Moscow To Consider Dedicating City Square To Karimov

The Moscow mayor’s office on November 1 will consider requests it has received to name a square in central Moscow after Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who died on September 2, 2016. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Roshen President Says Putin Holding Poroshenko Company Hostage

Responding to comments made at the Kremlin-sponsored Valdai conference about Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s continued ownership of a Russian branch of his chocolate company, Roshen, company president Vyacheslav Moskalevskiy said that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversees the plant’s inspections and investigations, preventing Poroshenko from selling it. (In Ukrainian)

Poroshenko Declares Shares In Over 100 Companies

In an income and property declaration published on October 31, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared ownership in more than 100 companies at home and abroad, and more than $2.4 million in gross income in 2015. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

A Successful Ukraine Will Change Russia

Ilya Ponomaryov, the only Duma deputy to oppose Russia’s annexation of Crimea, says that Ukraine’s example can inspire changes in Russia if the government can implement economic reforms to demonstrate that the Euromaidan revolution and friendship with the West can bring prosperity. (In Russian)

Eight Alleged Islamic Extremists Go On Trial In Kazakhstan

Eight alleged Islamic extremists have gone on trial in Kazakhstan's central city of Qaraghandy.

Editor of Turkish Opposition Newspaper Detained

Turkey has detained editor in chief Murat Sabuncu and columnist Guray Oz of the opposition secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper, Turkish media report.

PODCAST: Turkmenistan At 25 -- What Went Wrong And Why?

MOST READ/RUSSIA: Putin Has Earned The Right To Censor

According to Natalia Gevorkyan, journalist and co-author of the book, First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President, President Vladimir Putin has triumphed over journalism because journalists themselves chose conformity over professionalism, sacrificing their standards for the sake of a career, guaranteed income, and safety. (Over 62k views on Russian Service website)

PHOTOGALLERY: Aboard The Admiral Kuznetsov

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