So what exactly does Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov want now?
European Council President Donald Tusk condemned what he called Russian "aggression" in Ukraine, stressing that the best future for Ukraine and other countries in the region lay in close ties with the European Union.
European Union leaders and six former Soviet republics swiftly agreed on a final joint declaration of their Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, avoiding a repeat of the squabbling that triggered delays at the last summit two years ago.
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said the Minsk process for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine has failed to produce results and needs to be accompanied by a parallel peace process based on the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
Albanian President Ilir Meta arrived for an unofficial visit to Medvedja, a southern Serbian town with a sizable ethnic Albanian minority, on November 26. Meta was welcomed by local officials and community leaders.
The European Union has criticized legislation signed by President Vladimir Putin that empowers Russia’s government to designate media outlets receiving funding from abroad as "foreign agents" and impose sanctions against them.
A monitor group says air strikes by Russian jets killed at least 53 civilians, including 21 children, in a village held by the Islamic State extremist group in eastern Syria.
The Kremlin says Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia's Chechnya region, will remain at his post despite comments he made during the weekend about the possibility of standing down.
Russian prosecutors are reportedly conducting a far-reaching investigation into brutality practiced by police officers in Nizhnekamsk, in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan, and the reasons why earlier complaints were ignored.
According to Russian media, a transcript of a November 5 Security Council meeting indicates that the Council has instructed the Communications Ministry and the Federal Security Service to develop means to identify users of online games by mobile phone numbers. The Council also seeks to categorize online games as a form of “information dissemination." (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Poland's Institute of National Remembrance says a Polish historian has been expelled from Russia without explanation by Russia's Federal Security Service.
Police in Kyiv have detained more than 60 people at an alleged gathering of organized crime bosses in the Ukrainian capital.
On November 25, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holodomor, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Russia to recognize the famine that killed millions of people in Ukraine under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as genocide, "or at least repent for it."
Igor Plotnitsky, the separatist leader in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region, has resigned amid a fierce power struggle among Russia-backed forces.
Lawmakers in Belarus have ratified a protocol that will reduce prices for the transport of Russian gas to the country. Prices will drop from $143.54 per thousand cubic meters in 2017 to $127.00 in 2019, for an estimated savings of $700 million during the two-year period. (Belarus Service)
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on November 27 signed a law analogous to the Magnitsky Act, legislation adopted by the U.S. and Canada that sanctions perpetrators of human rights abuses. The Lithuanian law bans entry to the republic to foreigners, including Russian investigative chief Alexander Bastrykin, involved in large-scale corruption, money laundering, or human rights violations.(in Russian, Current Time TV)
A court in Astana has sentenced Makhambet Abzhan, a local property rights activist, to 3 1/2 years in jail after finding him guilty on charges of fraud.
A Baptist minister in Kazakhstan could lose his home and end up in prison for refusing to pay fines after authorities say he violated the country's administrative code on religion by handing out pamphlets and Bible passages on the street.
RFE/RL looks at the “state” honors, citizenship policies, regional armies, and ethnic battalions that various regions inside the Russian Federation are forging to symbolize and promote their autonomy, and why the Kremlin is pretending not to notice. (over 40K views on Russian Service website)