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Vladikavkaz, A Russian ‘City Of Military Glory,’ Touts American F-18

VISUAL REPORTS

RFE/RL Journalists, Ukrainian TV Crew Attacked At Kyiv Airport

Journalists with RFE/RL’s investigative program, Schemes, were attacked by masked bodyguards at Kyiv's Zhulyany Airport while reporting on the arrival from Russia of Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the pro-Russian Ukrainian Choice organization.

Ukraine Rolls Out New Military Drones

Ukraine’s Antonov manufacturer has rolled out a new series of unmanned aerial vehicles, including a new drone that can reach a height of 2,400 meters, has a practical reach of more than 1000 km, has a tactical range of 120 km, can stay in flight for seven hours, and carries two surface-to-air missiles. (Ukrainian Service)

Women And Modernity: Photographing Ethnic Minorities In Russia

Alsu Kurmasheva, a journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Tatar-Bashkir Service, was stunned by images of Tatar women she had seen taken by Russian photographer Sergei Poteryaev. She proposed the two join forces to develop a series of portraits of women of Russia’s other ethnic minorities in an effort to explore the topic of cultural identity.

Kyrgyz Protest Law To Allow Mining In Glaciers

Activists demonstrated outside the Kyrgyz parliament to denounce legislation that would allow mining in the country's glaciers.

OTHER NEWS

Security Experts Chide West On 'Limited, Weak' Response To Russia

Ahead of a November 13 meeting of EU foreign ministers, some 70 security and foreign-policy experts have said that Western governments must take steps to halt what they called Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to play "divide and rule in the Euro-Atlantic area."

Russian Internet Regulator To Check Facebook’s Compliance With Data Law

Roskomnadzor has said it will soon check whether Facebook is complying with a Russian law requiring social networks to store the personal data of Russian citizens on Russian servers.

New EU Pipeline Regulations Could Affect Nord Stream 2

The European Commission on November 8 proposed new regulations that would introduce common jurisdiction for all gas pipelines entering the bloc, possibly affecting Russian Nord Stream 2 profits.

Sechin To Testify At Russian Ex-Minister's Extortion Trial

The powerful chief of Russian state oil giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, has been called to testify for the prosecution at the high-profile extortion trial of former Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev.

Flamboyant Real Estate Tycoon Seeks Russian Presidency

Flamboyant Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky, who was convicted of financial crimes three months ago, says he is running for president.

Russia To Seek Doping Whistle-Blower's Extradition From U.S.

Russian authorities say they will seek the extradition of whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov, who helped orchestrate the country's Olympic doping program and has since fled to the United States.

Russian Supreme Court Upholds Sentence Of Former Yukos Security Chief

Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence handed down a decade ago to Aleksei Pichugin, a former security chief of the now-defunct oil company Yukos.

TASS Plans News Program For Children

Russian state news agency TASS has confirmed that it plans to “produce news for schoolchildren." Reports suggest that 210 million rubles have been allocated from the state budget to create a specialized channel aimed at children aged 8-16 years. (Russian service)

Moscow Court Seizes Director Serebrennikov's Property

A court in Moscow has ordered the seizure of property belonging to theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has been charged with embezzlement in a case Kremlin critics fear is politically motivated.

Tatarstan Scales Back Mandatory Language Classes

Tatarstan’s president announced on November 8 that while Tatar language classes will remain mandatory in the region’s schools, they will be scaled back from six to two hours per week.

UN Warns Of Humanitarian Impact Of Increased Hostilities In Eastern Ukraine

The United Nations has raised "extreme" concern that an escalation of fighting near water infrastructure in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk could lead to a deadly chlorine gas disaster.

Ukrainian Lawmaker To Propose Cutting Diplomatic Ties With Russia

Ivan Vinnyk , a lawmaker from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's party, has told RFE/RL he plans to propose legislation severing diplomatic relations with Russia.

Kazakh Golden Boy Bishimbaev Goes On Trial

37-year old Kuandyk Bishimbaev has already been Kazakhstan's economy minister, deputy minister of industry and trade, deputy chairman of the sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna, and chairman of the national holding company Bayterek, but his current title is court defendant.

ANALYSIS: North Caucasus: Republics Lobby To Elect Own Leaders

7.40am -- Good Morning!

[Excerpt: Current Time TV’s daily, first-read for Russian-speaking audiences.]

This is what two million dollars looks like in a box. It is being used as as evidence in the trial underway of Russia’s ex-Minister for Economic Development Alexei Ulyukaev, who is accused of extorting bribes from Rosneft head Igor Sechin.

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