Daily Vertical: Russia Runs Out Of Energy
It wasn’t so long ago that the Kremlin was able to persistently use energy as a geopolitical weapon to bully its neighbors and intimidate Europe, but these days are clearly over.
Jailed Azeri Journalist Vows To Keep Fighting
Imprisoned one year ago, RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova has continued her work to expose government corruption in the oil-rich Caspian Sea state.
Dozens Missing After Azeri Rig Catches Fire
Thirty-two oil workers have been declared dead and at least another 29 are missing since a storm on December 4 caused their Caspian Sea offshore oil rig to catch fire.
Truckers Protest In Yekaterinburg
Russian truckers gathered in Yekaterinburg on Saturday to protest proposed new highway taxes.
Dozens Of Kyrgyz Villagers Leave For Syria
Residents of Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul region say that dozens of their relatives and neighbors -- including one large extended family -- have left home and moved to Syria.
Russian TV Channel “Dozhd” Offices Searched
The prosecutor-general’s office has ordered the search in connection with Russia’s law on countering extremism and terrorism, and labor and licensing regulations. Police requested the names of the channel’s foreign employees. (Current Time TV)
Armenia Says Referendum Passed
With 93 percent of ballots counted in yesterday’s referendum, officials say 63.5 percent of voters endorsed changing the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system. Are the proposed amendments democratic?
Russians Called On To Vacation In Russia
The head of Russia’s tourism agency, who owns a villa in the Seychelles, has proposed an all-inclusive resort system to help persuade Russians to spend their vacations and their money at home. (Current Time TV)
Why are Young Russians Leaving?
According to the federal statistics bureau, more than 200,000 people, among them many young professionals, left Russia last year, 70 percent more than in 2013. (In Russian)
In an extended interview with RFE/RL, leading Arctic researcher Vladimir Soloviev explained Russia’s deep interest in the Arctic for future military purposes. (In Russian)
Horse Breeder Describes Desperate Days In Turkmen Prison
In a rare account of life in the secretive former Soviet republic's toughest prison, Geldy Kyarizov described Ovadan Depe as a "horrific" place whose inmates were starved and rarely saw the sky.
INFOGRAPHIC: Timid Targets? Ex-Soviet States' Climate Commitments
By using 1990 as their baseline, Russia and many other former Soviet republics whose centrally planned economies plummeted with the U.S.S.R.'s collapse are actually building in plenty of room for rising emissions, instead of cuts.