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Deep Inside Chernobyl’s Radioactive Ruins. RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Yevhen Solonyna ventured inside Chernobyl’s radioactive ruins.


Far-Right Violence Disrupts Kyiv Transgender March

Activists for transgender rights were forced to disband a demonstration in Kyiv after counterdemonstrators from the far-right groups Tradition and Order, Right Sector, and the Religious National Front assaulted several protesters and attacked a Canadian journalist trying to cover the event.

Moldovan Socialists Kick Off Election Campaign With Chisinau Rally

Thousands of people carrying red flags have marched in the streets of the Moldovan capital in support of the main pro-Russian opposition Socialist Party, ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections.

Thousands Protest In Skopje Against Macedonia Name Change

Several thousand people rallied in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, to protest against a landmark agreement with neighboring Greece over the country’s name, and call for snap general elections.

From Controversy To Electricity: Tajikistan’s Roghun Dam

It took more than 40 years, billions of dollars, and countless tons of concrete, but Tajikistan's Roghun hydropower plant, first envisioned by Soviet engineers under Josef Stalin, is starting to deliver on a small part of its promise.


Kremlin Accuses Browder Of Involvement In Magnitsky Death

The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has accused British-American financier Bill Browder of possible involvement in "the poisoning to death with a chemical" of Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009, and three other individuals.

Pompeo Says Ukraine Has 'No Greater Friend Than The United States'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the remark following a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Washington on November 16. He said the "United States will never accept Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea," and that Washington will impose "consequences until Russia returns control of the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine."

Russia Pulls OneWeb Satellite Internet Venture Back To Earth

Just months before the planned maiden launch, it appears that Russia’s Federal Security Service may block the $1 billion OneWeb contract to launch 21 Soyuz rockets over the next two years carrying "micro-satellites,” and propel Roskosmos into the burgeoning global market for small-scale satellite launches.

Russian Mercenaries Seek To Sue Private Military Companies

More than 350 armed service veterans and fighters working with private military companies in Russia have petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the companies’ leadership. The signatories are represented by 18 NGOs and veterans groups from 52 regions in Russia.The head of the Russian Officers Union Yevgeny Shabaev told RFE/RL that the mercenaries appealed to the Kremlin in July 2018 to legalize the companies; the Ministry of Defense responded at the time that the companies’ activities are unconstitutional, a status that would deprive fighters of a basis to claim rehabilitation or economic support, and possibly subject them to prosecution. (Russian Service)

Deputy Speaker Of Regional Parliament In Siberia Found Dead

The deputy speaker of the Krasnoyarsk regional parliament, Aleksei Kleshko, has been found dead. The regional police department have refused to comment on the situation, but RIA Novosti news agency is reporting that Kleshko might have died after falling out of a window.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Police Checkpoint In Russia's Chechnya

An unidentified woman blew herself up near a police checkpoint in Grozny, the capital of Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya. Police said the bomber died in the November 17 blast but no one else was injured.

Yanukovych Trial Postponed Due To His Hospitalization

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's treason trial in Kyiv has been postponed due to his hospitalization in Russia. It will resume on December 5, when he is expected to make his final statement via video link, even from his hospital bed if he is still ill.

Belarus Teen Detained And Interrogated After Slapping Statue

The 16-year old Minsk student was detained by agents with the Belarus’s Interior Ministry and forced to record an apology to a statue of a tsarist-era policeman he had playfully slapped in the face.

Kazakh Deputy Energy Minister Arrested On Suspicion Of Embezzlement

In the country’s third arrest of a top energy official this year, Deputy Energy Minister Anatoli Shkarupa was arrested on November 17 on suspicion of embezzling more than $580k through the sale of heat meters. Shkarupa assumed his post in October. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

PRESSROOM ADVISORY: RFE/RL Correspondent Available For Comment On Ties Between Ukrainian And U.S. Far-Right Nationalist Groups

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