THE POWER VERTICAL: Putin And The Paradox Of The Polls
Two new Levada Center polls show a potential paradox between what Russians know and how they vote.
For Srebrenica Mother, Mladic Verdict Promises Little Sense Of Justice
Many Bosnians are bracing for the news on November 22, when the UN war crimes tribunal is scheduled to issue a verdict in the trial of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general who is charged with organizing the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.
Pakistan Renews Campaign To Eradicate Polio
Pakistani authorities launched a three-day anti-polio drive to eradicate the last cases of the deadly disease from the country.
Putin Holds Surprise Talks With Syria’s Assad In Sochi
After surprise talks in Sochi with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the need to move from military operations in Syria to the search for a political solution to the country’s six-year war.
Ukraine Marks Fourth Anniversary Of Euromaidan Protests
Ukraine is marking the Day of Dignity and Freedom, a holiday commemorating the beginning of the Euromaidan protests that started in November 2013 and pushed President Viktor Yanukovych from power three months later.
Russia Confirms Radioactivity Emanating From Southeastern Urals
Russia's meteorological service has confirmed there were "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in several parts of the country in late September.
Sechin To Skip Ulyukayev Trial Again
Russian state oil company chief Igor Sechin, who failed to appear twice last week to testify in a former economy minister's extortion trial, says he will also skip a third summons to attend a hearing on November 22 because of a planned trip to Siberia.
Tsarstruck: Bloggers Say New Statue Is Riddled With Errors
Whether commemorating Mikhail Kalashnikov, Ivan the Terrible, or Vladimir the Great, statues erected by Vladimir Putin's Russia tend to be unveiled to controversy.
Russian Teenager's Speech In Germany Elicits Anger Back Home
In a speech before Germany’s parliament, Nikolai Desyatnichenko lamented the loss of life during World War II, related the story of a German soldier who died in a prisoner-of-war camp, and said some German soldiers didn't want to fight in the war.
Renouncing West’s ‘Spiritual Deficiencies,’ German Family Welcomed In Russia
Eugen Martens, his wife, and their 10 kids have arrived with all the fanfare of celebrities as the "sex refugees" from Germany returned to settle down in Russia once more.
Kadyrov Proposes Transfer Of Stalin’s Remains To Georgia
Speaking to Russian media, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Russia should show “good will” and transfer the remains of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to Georgia, to be buried in his homeland, Georgia. Kadyrov said millions of Russians will breathe freely, knowing that “Stalin has left Russia.” (Caucasus Realities website)
Ukraine Reciprocates For Belarus’s Expulsion Of Diplomat
Following Belarus’s expulsion of Igor Skvortsov, the first secretary of the Ukrainian embassy in Minsk, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has expelled the first secretary of the Belarus embassy in Kyiv in a move the ministry said reflects the “reciprocity principle.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Georgian Justice Ministry Denies Role In Deportation Of Saakashvili Supporters
Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani said on November 20 that her ministry was not involved in, nor informed about, Ukraine’s recent deportation of eight Georgian nationals.
Armenian Dissident Launches Hunger Strike For Constitutional Reform
Prominent Soviet-era dissident Paruyr Hayrikian has gone on a hunger strike over what he says is the “unconstitutional” behavior of the country's Central Election Commission.
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