At Pulkovo Airport After Egypt Plane Crash
There was grief and shock at St. Petersburg's airport as news spread of the crash of the plane owned by the Russian airline, Kogalymavia, in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Current Time TV)
No Words: Memorial Rally In St. Petersburg
Residents gather on St. Petersburg’s Palace Square to mourn the passengers of Flight 9268. (Russian Service)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Samarkand on November 1. During the meeting, an American journalist tried to ask Kerry about the State Department's criticism of Uzbekistan's human rights record, but she was quickly escorted out of the room. (Reuters)
Who was Dzerzhinsky?
In the Tatar village of Kazarovo in Siberia's Tyumen region, a statue honors Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the feared chief of Lenin’s secret police. The statue was installed in 1980, removed in the mid-1990s, and reinstalled three years ago. RFE/RL asked residents how they feel about the monument. (Tatar-Bashkir Service)
More About Wilayat Sinai, Which Claims It Downed Russian Plane
Russia’s transport minister has denied the claims by the group, an affiliate of the militant group Islamic State, which has carried out a number of attacks against security forces in the Sinai.
Aliyev Party Claims Election Win
Azerbaijan’s ruling party claimed a landslide in polls that took place amidst an opposition boycott and a government-led clampdown on election monitors, journalists, and human rights defenders.
A New Relationship Between The U.S. And Central Asia?
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Central Asia this week with perhaps the strongest hand a U.S. secretary of state has had in some 15 years.
Poroshenko Promises To Continue High-Profile Arrests
A political party chief linked to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi was arrested on October 31 on charges relating to the kidnapping of a government representative, vehicle theft, and establishment of an organized criminal group. (In Ukrainian)
FSB Searches Homes Of Crimean Tatar TV Journalists
Russian security agents (FSB) searched the homes of former employees of the Crimean Tatar TV Channel ATR in what owner Lenur Islyamov says is retribution for his anti-Kremlin politics. (In Russian)
Georgia’s Ruling Coalition Increasingly At Odds
Recent developments indicate that hostilities between Georgia’s United National Movement and the governing Georgian Dream coalition are escalating and deepening rifts among leadership on both sides.
Belarus Drops In Prosperity Rating
The Legatum Institute’s 2015 Prosperity Index ranks Belarus 63rd out of 142 countries surveyed, 10 places below the country’s rating last year, on measures of the economy, education, health, personal freedom, safety, entrepreneurial opportunities, governance, and social capital. (In Belarusian)