Lithuania And NATO Allies Simulate City Siege
Lithuania has sought to simulate the military capture and recovery of an urban area, constructing fake residential homes, schools, a kindergarten, and even a church to stage “Iron Sword 2016,” one of the largest military exercises in the country’s history. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Brussels Protesters Urge Moldova To Join Romania
After a pro-Russian candidate won Moldova’s presidential runoff vote,
protesters in Brussels gathered to call for the country’s unification with Romania.
A Disabled Cyclist's Hand-Powered Trek Across Europe
With the help of three friends and a hand-powered tricycle, Ivan Maslyuk cycled 5,000 kilometers from Ukraine to the Atlantic Ocean.
VOX POP: Which Promises Did Putin Fulfill?
Many respondents to an informal street poll in Moscow had no awareness of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promises, but some expressed dissatisfaction while crediting him with subsidizing military production and hosting the Olympic Games. (in Russian)
Mirziyaev Wins Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission says that acting President Shavkat Mirziyaev won the December 4 presidential election with more than 88 percent of the vote.
Russia Loses Another Fighter Jet Off Syria Coast
The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has lost an Su-33 fighter jet, the second warplane based on the ship to be involved in an accident since it arrived off Syria's coast to support Russia's air campaign there.
Russian Central Bank Says Hackers Stole $31 Million
Russia’s Central Bank said hackers stole more than $31 million from correspondent accounts, as Russia's main security agency warned of cyberattacks aimed at destabilizing the country’s banking system.
Court Refuses To Throw Out Case Against Navalny
A Russian court on December 5 has refused to consider a motion by Aleksei Navalny to dismiss charges against him alleging large-scale theft from state companies.
Jailed Activist Dadin Transferred After Torture Allegations
Activist Ildar Dadin has been reportedly transferred out of the prison in northwestern Russia where he said he was beaten and tortured.
North Caucasus IS Leader Reportedly Killed In Daghestan Raid
Russia's FSB security service says it has killed a leader of the Islamic State militant group during a raid in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
Prosecutors To Begin Closing Arguments In Mladic Trial
The genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is nearing its climax this week, more than 20 years after the end of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
SCHEMES: Vitaliy Klitschko’s Ghost Properties
RFE/RL’s investigative program Schemes has found that former boxing champion and current Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has declared neither ownership nor use of properties that international media have linked to him and members of his family. (in Ukrainian)
COMMENTARY: Russia, China Swap Cybersecurity Tips
RFE/RL spoke to Russian security analyst Andrei Soldatov about Russian-Chinese cyber-cooperation and its possible implications for information control.
PODCAST: What Changes Under A New Uzbek President?
MOST READ/RUSSIA: Chess Champion Karyakin Would Have Been An Anomaly
Commenting on the World Chess Championship between Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and Russian Sergey Karyakin, former champion Gary Kasparov said “the stars would have had to align in a very strange way” for a player of Karyakin’s level to win the title. (over 55K views on Russian Service website)
MEDIA RELEASE: RFE/RL Crimea Journalists Win Burke Award