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Crimea Communist Party Pledges Allegiance To Komsomol

Members of the Communist party gathered in the Crimean capital, Sevastopol, to mark the 99th anniversary of the Komsomol, the Soviet-era communist youth league, with poems, flags, slogans and pledges of allegiance. (over 38k view on Current Time TV Facebook)

Residents Of Nalchik Appeal To Mayor, Beaten By Riot Police

Residents of Nalchik, the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus Kabardino-Balkar Republic, were met by riot police, arrested and beaten as they gathered in front of the mayor’s office to protest policies on land ownership. (over 48k views on Current Time TV Facebook)

The Serbs Fighting For Separatists In Ukraine

Ukraine’s Security Service says there are some 300 Serbs fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Macedonia Convicts 33 Men On Terrorism Charges

A Macedonian court has convicted 33 men on terror charges over a shoot-out with police in 2015.


Russian Defense Minister Meets U.S. Ambassador In Moscow

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman reportedly discussed bilateral relations and international security issues during a meeting on November 2.

Ukraine Seeks To Question Manafort

Ukrainian prosecutors intend to ask the U.S. Justice Department for permission to interview President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, following his indictment earlier this week.

Developer Of Ukrainian Artillery-Guidance App Targeted By ‘Fancy Bear’

An officer who developed an artillery-guidance app used by the Ukrainian military in its fight against Moscow-backed separatists was among 545 members of Ukraine's political and military elite targeted by a hacking group with alleged links to Russian security services.

NHL Star Ovechkin Announces 'Social Movement' For Putin

Russian hockey player Alex Ovechkin, the captain of the U.S. National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, has announced he is starting a social movement in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin, called “Putin Team.”

Kadyrov Calls For Lenin's Body To Be Buried

Chechen boss Ramzan Kadyrov has called for the body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin to be removed from the mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square and buried.

Hands Off Russian Biological Material!

RFE/RL’s Russian Service compiled sarcastic reactions on social media to a recent statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin alleging that foreign secret services are gathering “biological material” belonging to Russians. (Russian Service)

Duma Broaches Relocation Of Russia's Oldest University

Lawmakers voted 41-6 on November 1 to explore plans for a new campus for St. Petersburg State University, which dates to 1724 and is considered one of Russia's most prestigious learning centers.

Crimea’s Budget: Difficult And Expensive

Authorities in Crimea have adopted its first 3-year budget since its annexation by Russia in 2014. The budget is deficit free, due to Russian federal subsidies, but experts are skeptical about the peninsula’s prospects for economic development. (Russian Service)

Kyiv Court Refuses To Release Kazakh Journalist

A court in Kyiv has declined to release on bail Kazakh journalist Zhanara Akhmet, who was detained by Ukrainian authorities on October 21 in response to an interpol request by Kazakh officials who accuse the journalist of fraud. Akhmet says the charges are politically motivated. (Ukrainian Service)

Belarus Foreign Debt Reaches New Heights

Belarus’s foreign public debt obligations reached a historic peak of 30.4 % of GDP. The sum increases to 40 % if the country’s internal debt obligations are figured in. (Belarus Service)

Azerbaijan Drops Charges Against Turan News Agency

Azerbaijan's independent Turan News Agency says prosecutors have dropped all charges against it and its director, Mehman Aliyev, and that it can resume its operations.

Tashkent Washes Its Hands Of Radicalized Uzbeks

President Shavkat Mirziyoev quickly expressed Uzbekistan's willingness to use "all its resources" to help investigate the October 31 terrorist attack in New York , but observers are scrutinizing Tashkent's response in light of the country's history of repression of Islam at home.

Kyrgyzstan Renames Soviet-Era October Revolution Day, Lengthens Holiday

Kyrgyz lawmakers have approved a resolution recasting the Soviet-era October Revolution Day holiday into a two-day holiday called Days of History and Commemoration of Ancestors.

BLOGGING CENTRAL ASIA: Why Are Uzbeks So Often Linked To Terrorist Attacks?

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