The Power Vertical: The Kremlin's 1917 Schizophrenia
Next year marks 100 years since the Russian 1917 Revolution, but the last thing the Kremlin wants on people’s minds is the memory of a homegrown, colored revolution.
Russia Marks First Anniversary Of Egypt Plane Bombing
A memorial service was held in St. Petersburg to remember the 224 victims of Metrojet Flight 9268.
Tajikistan Begins Construction Of Rogun Dam
Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov got behind the wheel of a bulldozer to break ground on the 1,099 foot-high Rogun dam, expected to be the largest hydropower plant in Central Asia. (In Russian, Current Time TV)
VOX POP: What Ukrainians Think About Officials’ Asset Declarations
Respondents to an informal street poll in the Ukrainian cities of Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, and Slovyansk expressed shock upon learning of the cash, jewelry, cars, property, and other luxuries declared by Ukraine’s deputies and officials. (In Ukrainian and Russian)
Putin Signs Law Suspending U.S.- Russian Plutonium Agreement
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law halting an agreement with the United States on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, a move that comes amid a continuing deterioration of bilateral ties.
Pro-Russia, Pro-EU Candidates To Meet In Moldova's Presidential Runoff
Preliminary results from Moldova's presidential election point to a runoff vote next month between a pro-Russia socialist and a pro-European Union reformist as the country tries to scramble out of its political and economic malaise.
Georgia's Ruling Party Wins Constitutional Majority
Georgia's ruling political party, Georgian Dream, has secured a constitutional majority in the second round of parliamentary elections held on October 30.
Kremlin Rejects British Spy Chief’s Allegation Of ‘Increasingly Aggressive’ Russia
The Kremlin has dismissed allegations by the head of Britain's MI5 intelligence agency that Russia is mounting cyberattacks and other aggressive measures that pose a growing threat to Europe.
Ukraine Officials Made To Declare Their Bling
Along with many millions in cold, hard cash, fast cars, fancy watches, Faberge eggs, prime real estate, a church, and a ticket to space are among the items emerging from the latest effort to root out persistent corruption in Ukraine.
Russia's Security Council Turns Its Gaze To History And 1917
Meeting last week to discuss the upcoming centenary of the Russian Revolution, experts for Russia's top security body reportedly discussed ways to stop what it cast as foreign attempts to distort Russian history.
Kadyrov Objects To Budget Cuts
In an October 31 Instagram post, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov objected to cuts proposed by the Kremlin in the republic’s 2017 budget, claiming they would interfere with Chechnya’s development plans. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Man Faces Fine For Sacking Ivan The Terrible Statue
Photographs went viral on Russian social networks after a man put a sack over the head of a controversial statue to Ivan the Terrible.
Nearly Half Of Russians Fear Syria Could Spark World War
In a recent Levada Center poll, 48 percent of respondents supported the view that Russia should continue its engagement in Syria. An equal number expressed concern that a confrontation between the U.S. and Russia in Syria could spark World War III. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Bloomberg Names Russia’s Richest
With a net worth of $15.7 billion, Severstal conglomerate owner Alexei Mordashov has become the richest man in Russia. He bypasses last year’s wealthiest, Vladimir Potanin, head of the company Interros, who is ranked second place this year with a net worth of $15.5 billion. Novatek head Leonid Mikhelson, with a net worth $15.1 billion, is ranked third. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Polar Bears Vs. The German Reich
Evgeny Ermolov, a Russian Arctic researcher involved in a recent investigation of a World War II German base on the Franz-Joseph archipelago, reports that polar bear meat caused food poisoning among the personnel, forcing them to evacuate the base in 1944. Ermolov also said that Russia is currently operating a military base on the archipelago and conducting wildlife research. (in Russian)
Tajikistan Introduces Electricity Rationing
Tajikistan has introduced electricity rationing in some parts of the country as winter approaches.
COMMENTARY: Experts Pessimistic About ‘De-oligarchization’ Of Ukraine
Pointing to the revelations contained in recent asset disclosure and media reports, and President Petro Poroshenko’s status as the country’s 4th richest person, many commentators say that oligarchy presents a greater threat to Ukraine than the war in its eastern region, and express pessimism about prospects for “de-oligarchization.” (in Ukrainian)
MEDIA RELEASE: Washington Rally Marks Nepeskuliev Detention
PHOTOGALLERY: Russia's 'Wild Nineties' As You've Never Seen Them Before