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Vorkuta: A Town Built On Human Bones
Vorkuta: A Town Built On Human Bones


Vorkuta: A Town Built On Human Bones

Current Time TV tells the story about Vitali, an architect who came to Vorkuta in the 1980s to build a “city of the future,” but found that it was built on the bones of Gulag prisoners from the 1930s. (over 77k views on Current Time TV Facebook)

Wife Of Man Accused Of Plot To Kill Putin Shot Dead Near Kyiv

Unknown attackers fired on the car of a Chechen couple near Kyiv late on October 30, killing the woman, Amina Okuyeva. Her husband, Adam Osmayev, was accused in 2012 of plotting to kill Vladimir Putin, and was targeted in an earlier assassination attempt in June 2017.

VOX POP: Whom Do You Consider To Be Political Prisoners In Modern Russia?

As Russia marked the day of Stalinist repressions on October 30, an informal street poll in Moscow found that respondents overwhelmingly believe that Russia currently has no political prisoners. One respondent said there are political prisoners in “every country,” while another acknowledged the problem in Russia, but said the topic is too “creepy” to contemplate. (Russian Service)

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line Officially Launched

Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey have launched a rail link connecting the three countries, establishing a freight and passenger link between Europe and China that bypasses Russia and Armenia.

DIY Wine In Georgia

This winery in Kakheti, in eastern Georgia, lets tourists kick off their shoes and help make the wine.


Kremlin Says Russia Not Accused In Mueller Indictments

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has emphasized that the Kremlin sees no evidence of accusations of Russian meddling in the indictments handed down to U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and an associate.

Manafort Indictment Welcomed In Ukraine, Long Plagued By Rampant Corruption

Ukrainians long angered by Paul Manafort’s work to bring what they regard as a kleptocratic, pro-Russia administration to power in Kyiv celebrated news of the American political consultant's indictment on October 30.

Energy And Syria Top Kremlin Agenda In Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to discuss the conflict in Syria and energy cooperation with Iranian President Hassan Rohani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei when he visits Tehran on November 1.

Wife of Chechen Accused Of Plotting To Kill Putin Shot Dead Near Kyiv

Ukrainian officials say the wife of a Chechen man accused by Russian authorities of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin has been killed in an ambush near Kyiv.

Ekho Moskvy Cites ‘Atmosphere Of Hate’ After Journalist’s Stabbing

A war of words is escalating between Russian state media and Ekho Moskvy after one of the radio station’s journalists was stabbed by an assailant following a state TV report portraying her as a nefarious agent of the West.

Russian Journalist Yekaterina Gordon Announces Presidential Bid

Russian journalist and TV host Yekaterina Gordon has announced plans to run for president in the country’s March 2018 elections.

Moscow Police Detain Navalny Aide Lyaskin

Nikolai Lyaskin, Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Moscow campaign chief, has been detained by police.

Russia To Review History Of Crimea

The speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber has instructed the chamber’s committee on science, education and culture to review school textbooks, with a focus on Ukraine, to ensure they are “written correctly from the legal, political and civil point of view.” (Crimea Realities website)

Putin Remark On ‘Biological Materials’ Raises Eyebrows

In a meeting with the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the remark that some "representatives of non-governmental organizations and other bodies" are allegedly engaged in collecting "biomaterials" of Russian citizens. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later that Putin received this information from security services, but offered no further details. (Russian Service)

Kremlin’s Dispute With Council Of Europe Intensifies

Thorbjorn Jagland, the Council of Europe’s secretary-general, traveled to Moscow earlier this month to find a way out of a deepening dispute that could ultimately see Russia quit the bloc.

Questions Surround Kyiv Nightclub Raid

Ukrainian authorities have been accused of using excessive force when they arrested 17 young clubgoers for drug possession and detained 32 others in an early morning raid on a popular Kyiv nightclub.

Belarusian Opposition Leader Statkevich Detained For Sixth Time In 2017

Prominent Belarusian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Mikalay Statkevich has been detained in Minsk, his wife says.

Convicted War Criminal To Train Young Officers In Serbia

Serbian General Vladimir Lazarevic, who was convicted of command responsibility for war crimes committed against the civilian population during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, will join the teaching staff at the Military Academy, Serbia’s defense ministry has announced.

Relatives Of Fugitive Tajik Colonel Said Sentenced To Prison

A court official in Tajikistan says prison sentences have been handed down to two brothers and a nephew of Gulmurod Halimov, a fugitive police colonel who joined the extremist group Islamic State.

ANALYSIS: Iran Rejects Turkmen Proposal For Gas Shipments To Turkey

PRESSROOM: Radio Farda Documentary Shortlisted For AIBs

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