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The Secrets Of Russia’s Mercenary Graves

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has published the identities of 206 men who served in a shadowy Russian mercenary group called Wagner, in conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. Gravestones in Tolyatti, in Russia’s western Samara region, record when four of those men died, but where and how?

Helping Crimean Activists One Coin At A Time

Crimean Tatar activists say they've been unfairly targeted for speaking out since Russia's annexation of the region. So a group called Crimean Solidarity is helping protesters pay fines with small change, turning every payment into a headache for officials.

INFOGRAPHIC: Leading Ladies: European Countries With Women At The Helm

Ten European countries are currently led by women as either president or prime minister.


Russia, China Lash Out At U.S. Sanctions While Forging Closer Ties

Russian and Chinese leaders are lashing out at U.S. sanctions and tariffs that they say are undermining the global trading system built by Washington, and say the measures have served to cement closer economic and political ties between Beijing and Moscow.

Poland, Baltic States Host NATO ‘Anakonda’ Military Drills

Around 17,500 soldiers from 10 NATO member states are participating in the biggest military exercise that Polish forces have ever held, with drills also planned for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and in the Baltic Sea.

Russian Missile Firm's CEO Reportedly ‘Funnels Business' To Daughter

The independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported on November 7 that the 29-year-old daughter of Boris Obnosov, the director of Tactical Missiles Corporation, Russia’s state-controlled weapons manufacturer known as KTRV, owns 20 percent of the business.

Monaco Charges Russian Billionaire Rybolovlev In Graft Case

A judge in Monaco has charged Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, the owner of the soccer club AS Monaco, in connection with an investigation into whether Rybolovlev sought to influence Monaco's law enforcement officials in his legal battle with Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier.

Russian Lawyer's Car Torched In Reprisal For Human Rights Work

Dublin-based Front Line Defenders reports that the car of Russian human rights lawyer Lyudmila Aleksandrova was set on fire on November 4 near her house in the southern city of Krasnodar. Aleksandrova, who takes on cases against law enforcement agencies, is representing the only defense witness in the case against activist Mikhail Benyash, who was arrested after seeking to provide legal assistance to participants protesting Russia's pension reform.

Novosibirsk Group Seeks To Honor Stalin And Restore ‘Historical Justice’

Emboldened by the city’s communist mayor, Stalin advocates in Novosibirsk have stepped up a campaign to build a monument to the Soviet-era dictator, in recognition of “the indisputable services” performed by him “ in organizing the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War,” Aleksei Denisyuk, head of the monument's initiative group, told RFE/RL.

Acid Attack Victim’s Funeral Is Held, But Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Resignation Is Uncertain

Whether Yuriy Lutsenko will actually surrender his post is unclear, after Ukraine’s governing coalition failed to support his offer of resignation and the parliament voted it down. Mustafa Nayyem, a prominent critic of law enforcement authorities, called the resignation announcement a "lie" and a piece of politically motivated PR.

Ukraine Criminalizes Border Crossings By Citizens Of Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill criminalizing the illegal crossing of the state border by citizens of Russia, referred to in the bill as the “aggressor country.” A single violation may be punished with a sentence of three years in prison, or up to eight years if a weapon has been used. Many Russian citizens enter Crimea from Russian territory without Ukrainian permission, and in recent years Kyiv has banned hundreds of Russians who illegally visited Crimea from entering mainland Ukraine. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Wife Of Jailed Azerbaijani Banker Detained In London

Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the jailed former boss of Azerbaijan's biggest bank, has been detained in London and faces extradition on charges of embezzlement.

Kosovo Uses Tariffs To Retaliate For Lack Of Recognition

Kosovo has imposed a 10 percent tax on products imported from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a move it said was in retaliation for the two countries' lack of recognition and "savage" policies toward the young republic.

Kazakhstan To Launch Satellites Using Elon Musk’s Rockets

Russian media is reporting that Kazakhstan will launch its first scientific and technological satellites into orbit on November 20 with the help of the Falcon-9 launch vehicle produced by American company SpaceX. Kazakhstan’s defense ministry is quoted as saying that the Falcon-9 is cheaper than using Russian Soyuz or Proton rockets. (Russian Service)

Deadly Prison Riot Reported In Northern Tajikistan

Several inmates were killed when a riot broke out overnight in a prison in Tajikistan's northern city of Khujand, a facility with a high concentration of alleged members of jihadist groups.

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