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Ukrainian Nationalists March On Oligarch's Office

Riot police prevented the angry crowd from breaking into the offices of Rinat Akhmetov, one of the country's most powerful oligarchs, whom protesters accuse of being in league with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

One Week On, Crimean Blackout Continues

A drive around Simferopol shows the Crimean capital still swathed in darkness, after electricity supplies from Ukraine were disrupted last week.

Monkeys Given Blankets To Escape Cold

In the absence of electricity and heating, the staff of Crimea’s Yalta zoo are giving the animals blankets to keep warm.

Thousands Join Moldova Protests

The demonstrations in Chisinau are the latest sign of the political turmoil that has gripped Moldova.


The Power Vertical Briefing: A Conflict, A Protest, And A Speech

The conflict between Moscow and Ankara escalates. Truckers descend on Moscow. And Vladimir Putin prepares for his annual state-of-the-nation speech

Putin: Turkey Downed Russian Jet to Protect Islamic State Oil

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called such claims "slander," but promised patience.

Ukraine Gets Anti-Corruption Prosecutor

Ukraine has appointed Nazar Holodnytskiy, former deputy prosecutor for Crimea, to head an independent anti-corruption unit attached to the general prosecutor’s office, to commence work today. (In Ukrainian)

Russian Truckers Reschedule Moscow Protest

To boost turnout, Russian truckers have postponed their protest against new highway taxes until December 5. (In Russian)

HIV Is An Epidemic In Russia

Russia’s Federal Service on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being has declared that 1 percent of the population has the virus, and that it is spreading beyond traditional risk groups into the general population. (In Russian)

New Ukrainian Budget Threatens HIV Treatment

Hundreds of patients and activists gathered outside Ukraine’s finance ministry to protest funding cuts under the country’s draft 2016 budget that could deprive 75 percent of HIV-positive Ukrainians of their treatment. (In Ukrainian)

Russia Proposes Banning Food Imports From Belarus

Russia may ban the import of fruit and vegetables through Belarus, which it claims imports products from the EU and exports them under Moroccan and Turkish labels. (Current Time TV)

Daghestan's Salafi Double-Take

The new imam of a Makhachkala Salafi mosque, who was appointed five days ago, has now been dismissed from the post, raising questions about relations among Daghestan's Salafi minority, its Sunni majority, and the republic’s security forces.

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