The Kremlin is using every tool at its disposal to corrode, disrupt, and undermine Western institutions, and this is not going to change.
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.
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.
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.
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’s presidential election appears to be headed toward a runoff, preliminary results showed early on October 31.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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 have gone on trial in Kazakhstan's central city of Qaraghandy.
Turkey has detained editor in chief Murat Sabuncu and columnist Guray Oz of the opposition secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper, Turkish media report.
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)