THE POWER VERTICAL: The Rule-Of-Law Gap
Moscow is objecting to being bound by the same rules as everyone else in the European energy market.
OSCE Head Says Minsk Must Be Implemented
The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says that regardless of whether UN peacekeepers deploy in eastern Ukraine, both sides must implement the full range of measures in the Minsk peace agreements.
Ratko Mladic Awaits His Fate In UN War Crimes Court
A UN war crimes panel in The Hague is expected to deliver a verdict on November 22 against former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic on 11 charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
Serbian Journalists Seek Public Support For Media Freedom
Journalists and activists in five Serbian cities launched a joint campaign called Noise Against Blackout on November 19 in support of a list of 13 demands, including a call to investigate attacks against journalists.
U.S. Paratroopers Join Serbs For Jump Near Belgrade
Serbian and U.S. paratroopers jumped side-by-side during a joint exercise north of Belgrade aimed at strengthening military ties between the two countries.
Lavrov In Baku To Discuss Karabakh Conflict, Bilateral Ties
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the level of cooperation between Moscow and Baku as he met with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, for talks.
Foreign Ministers Prepare For Sochi Summit On Syria
The Iranian, Russian, and Turkish foreign ministers have met in southern Turkey to discuss the war in Syria ahead of a summit between the three countries' presidents in Russia.
Czech President To Meet With Putin In Sochi
Czech President Milos Zeman is expected to arrive in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on November 20, with talks scheduled the following day with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin says.
Russian Allegedly Involved In Klebnikov Killing Detained In Ukraine
Ukraine's main security agency says it has detained two Russian citizens wanted by Interpol, including one who allegedly was involved in the 2004 murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov.
Prisoner Swap More Likely Between Ukraine, Pro-Russia Separatists
Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists appear to be moving closer to a new round of prisoner exchanges after a flurry of comments from Kyiv, Moscow, and separatist groups.
Russian Pensioner Hits Country's Biggest Lottery Jackpot Ever
Russia's state-run lottery company Stoloto says a pensioner has won more than half a billion rubles ($8.5 million), the country’s largest-ever jackpot.
Saakashvili Sets Sights On Ukraine's Premiership
Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, told a rally in Kyiv that he is ready to “create a new government of Ukraine” and become the country’s prime minister.
Belarus KGB Says Detained Ukrainian Journalist Is Active Duty Spy
Belarus’s security service briefed journalists on November 20 about the arrest of Pavlo Sharoiko, a Ukrainian journalist who was detained in Minsk on October 25. KGB officials said Sharoiko pleaded guilty to spying for Ukraine in coordination with Igor Shvortsov, allegedly an employee of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate who was employed by Ukraine’s embassy in Minsk. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Kyrgyzstan’s Atambaev Gives Final Press Conference
In a long, wide-ranging press conference before leaving office on November 24, outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev told journalists on November 20 that Kyrgyzstan will not leave the Eurasian Economic Union, discussed relations with the country's neighbors, and announced plans to run in the country’s 2020 parliamentary elections as leader of the Social-Democratic Party. (in Russian, Kyrgyz Service)
Hijab Vs. Education: Kazakh Schoolgirls Face Dilemma Over Head-Scarf Ban
Effective September 1, Kazakhstan’s education ministry is reinforcing an official decree banning Islamic dress, including the hijab, in schools. The move has prompted some students to stop wearing their head scarves, but a group of parents in West Kazakhstan province is demanding that courts revoke the ban.
MAJLIS PODCAST: People Continue To Disappear In Turkmenistan
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To mark the day of remembrance of victims of road accidents, local traffic police and priests in the southern city of Krasnodar formed a procession along the Temryuk-Krasnodar highway and walked carrying a mobile belfry, icons and banners.