Communists Unveil Lenin Statue In Minsk, Opposition Leader Attacked
Communists in Belarus celebrated the 99th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution by unveiling a statue of the late Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. During the ceremony, Zmitser Dashkevich, leader of the opposition Mlady (Youth) Front, was attacked by men in civilian clothes and detained by police.
Moscow Protesters Allege ‘Torture Is Happening Everywhere’
Participants gathered in Moscow on November 7 to call for the release of political prisoners, including Ildar Dadin, an activist who recently reported being subject to torture while in prison. (in Russian)
VOX POP: What Do Odesa Residents Think About Saakashvili’s Resignation?
In an informal street poll in the Ukrainian city of Odesa, most local residents received the news favorably, saying they would prefer a local person as governor and noting many unfulfilled promises, whereas some said Saakashvili wasn’t given a chance to make changes. (in Russian)
Russian Tanks Airdropped In Serbia 'Brotherhood' Drills
Airdrops of tanks and jumps by paratroopers were included as part of the Slavic Brotherhood exercises hosted by Serbia near Belgrade on November 7.
Former NATO Chief Envisions Decades-Long Conflict With Russia
Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russia's assertive behavior toward NATO may last for decades.
'Revoltingly Foul' -- Russian TV Makes Final Push To Discredit U.S. Election
Russia’s most prominent TV host piled venomous criticism on the U.S. presidential race and the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, in a prime-time program two days before the November 8 election.
Russia Will Ban U.S. Diplomats From Election Monitoring
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian media on November 7 that the U.S.has been informed that the presence of U.S. diplomats as monitors during future Russian elections would be undesirable. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Russian Opposition Petitions To Protest Against Aleppo Strikes
Opposition groups in Russia have asked the Moscow mayor’s office for permission to stage a protest against what they call the "mass annihilation of residents" in Syria.
Investigation Offers New Glimpse Into Russian Military’s Hacking Efforts
The Russian government is trying to recruit college graduates with IT expertise to join a new corps of state-backed cyberwarriors.
Majority Of Russians Believe Sanctions Intended To Humiliate
A recent Levada center poll finds that 74 percent of respondents believe Western sanctions are intended to weaken and humiliate Russia. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Chechen Whistle-Blower Disappears Again
Ramazan Dzhalaldinov, a man whose public complaint about corrupt officials in his village in Chechnya brought him fame across Russia, has disappeared again.
Journalist’s Critical Report Triggers Vilification Campaign In Daghestan
Russian journalist Maksim Shevchenko is being subjected to savage criticism in Daghestan for a critical assessment of the region that he presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Astrakhan on October 31.
Ukrainian Deputies Call On National Bank Chief To Resign
Ukrainian lawmakers, including Fatherland party leader Yulia Tymoshenko, have accused National Bank head Valeria Gontareva of helping the regime of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych withdraw billions of hryvnias from the country’s budget. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Estonia’s Government Appears On Verge Of Collapse
Estonia's pro-Western government entered the week on the verge of collapse, with two junior coalition partners calling on Prime Minister Taavi Roivas to resign and the opposition calling for a vote of no confidence.
IMF Approves $180 Million Aid For Moldova
Citing progress with reforms, the International Monetary Fund has approved nearly $180 million in loans for Moldova ahead of a presidential runoff election that could see the former Soviet republic move closer to Europe or tilt toward Russia.
Kazakh Businessman Jailed For Attempt To 'Overthrow Government'
Tokhtar Toleshov, chief executive of one of Kazakhstan's largest breweries, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after a court in Astana found him guilty of extremism, illegal weapons possession, and attempting to overthrow the government.
HRW Condemns Assault Of RFE/RL Correspondent In Turkmenistan
Human Rights Watch has condemned the treatment of Soltan Achilova, an RFE/RL correspondent in Turkmenistan who was recently questioned by police and then assaulted and robbed by unknown assailants.
COMMENTARY: Saakashvili’s Message To Kyiv
Valery Khomyakov, general director of Moscow’s NGO Council for National Security, says Mikheil Saakashvili’s resignation as Odesa regional governor sounds a loud alarm that cronyism, corruption, and oligarchy continue to rule in Ukraine. “We will now find out if there is still support for the ideas people died for on the streets of Kyiv [during the Euromaidan revolution] and whether this support can be organized into a political force.” (in Russian)