The activist wasted no time in demanding that his 59-year-old wife Leyla, also in failing health, be released.
Detained performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky told journalists that his attempt to set fire to the FSB was a “gesture...in the face of terrorism.”
Truckers across Russia have blocked highways to protest a new road tax on heavy vehicles, and are threatening a nationwide strike on November 15.
Leading Uzbek opposition leader Murat Juraev has been released after 21 years in prison on charges of seeking to overthrow the government.
They run banks, pension funds, and electric companies. They're oil and gas executives. They're worth billions. And most of them are under 40. Meet the children of Vladimir Putin's cronies.
Regardless of who is prosecuting it, fighting is taking place on a daily basis in Donetsk, with dozens of reports every evening from residents on social media.
For a few seconds on November 10, evening news programs showed a document with drawings and details of a planned Russian nuclear-capable underwater drone that would be launched from a submarine, dubbed Status-6.
Russia says it will close facilities by December 31, 2015, forcing refugees to apply for legal status in Russia or return to Ukraine. (Current Time TV)
The Ukrainian public utility “Ukrenergo” has removed all restrictions on its Rivne nuclear power plant and says it will supply the country’s domestic demand for electricity. (In Ukrainian)
The country’s largest casino has opened in the far-east near Vladivostok. Two billion dollars have already been invested in the project, which Russian media are calling “Pacific Las Vegas.” (In Russian)
“I do not want any position...and I do not intend to become the prime minister, but I really want Ukraine to have a functional government,” the Odesa mayor said. (In Ukrainian)
Hundreds of Chechens are languishing in Russia’s network of prisons, although full-scale fighting in Chechnya ended 15 years ago. RFE/RL spoke with prisoners, their family members, and a prison guard - all trapped in a horrific spiral of impunity and violence.
The National Bank of Belarus reported today that the US dollar rose by 124 points, up to 17,869 rubles, and the euro rose by 198 points - to 19 249 rubles. (In Belarusian)