Corruption investigations in Russia are about many things, but not about fighting corruption.
The majority of respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow said revolution in our time is not possible, citing lessons from history and the difficulties that revolution brings. One person said “society needs to unite against a common threat,” but another said the “revolution is already happening, it is slow and quiet and nobody knows about it.” (Russian Service)
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has awarded his only son, Serdar, a medal named after the leader himself. While little is known about Serdar, who is a member of the country’s parliament, he is widely viewed as the president’s likely successor. (over 191k views on Current Time TV Facebook)
Russia-backed authorities in Crimea have discouraged Halloween festivities, calling the day an “antiholiday” that contradicts Crimea’s traditional values, but local youth celebrated it yesterday by making costumes and watching scary movies with friends. (Crimea Realities website)
RFE/RL takes a look at key individuals with ties to Russia in the October 5 plea deal signed by George Papadopoulos, whose arrest in July on charges of lying to FBI agents came to light after court documents were unsealed on October 30.
A controversial law tightening restrictions on the Internet comes into force in Russia on November 1, months ahead of the March 2018 election that is widely expected to hand President Vladimir Putin a new six-year term.
Political expert Alexei Sitnikov and seven other staff members have quit Ksenia Sobchak's presidential campaign team, according to the candidate’s press secretary. Sitnikov, who participated in Boris Yeltsin’s 1996 campaign, allegedly referred to financial difficulties and confusion within the team, and the campaign’s ad hoc nature, as reasons for leaving. (Russian Service)
A senior official in Russia says Protestant Christians are among the country’s traditional religious communities, and praises the role they have played in Russian society.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has accused Ukrainian security services of organizing the murder of Ukrainian citizen Amina Okuyeva, whose husband, Adam Osmayev, was accused in 2012 of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin. After Ukrainian authorities accused the Kremlin of the killing, Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram account that Ukraine is trying to "blame Russia for its misfortunes" and divert Western attention from anti-government protests in Ukraine. (Ukrainian Service)
Reports from Ukraine say anticorruption investigators have detained the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Investigators in Belarus say 10 servicemen have been charged in connection with the death of a private who was found hanged after complaining that he had been hazed and pressured for money by superiors.
Moldova’s Constitutional Court has endorsed a draft amendment to the constitution to change the official name of the country's language from Moldovan to Romanian.