Mikhail Zhyzneuski, who was shot dead during the Euromaidan protests of 2014, is considered a hero in Ukraine. But in his home city of Homel in Belarus, his grave has been vandalized and his family say they have been treated as pariahs.
A flamboyant Tajik blogger has been roughed up in Moscow, as seen in video posted by his alleged attackers, right under the nose of a policeman. He has since said he's afraid to leave home.
Czech students have developed a game to teach teenagers how to distinguish between reliable sources and disinformation. It's being played at schools across the country, as part of wider efforts to combat "fake news."
Veteran human rights advocate Lyudmila Alekseyeva is to be buried in Moscow on December 11. At a ceremony at the House of Journalists, colleagues and foreign dignitaries paid their last respects to her, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, and Mikhail Fedotov, head of Russia's Human Rights Council.
President Vladimir Putin has praised late Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as a "true and real patriot" after unveiling a statue honoring the Nobel Prize-winning author in central Moscow.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon has warned that Russia wants to increase leverage over Europe and its grip over Ukraine, using the proposed Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea.
Russia's Defense Ministry has sent two nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela, in an unusual display of Russian military force in South America.
European Union foreign ministers on December 10 gave political consent to a Dutch proposal to introduce a new sanctions regime that would target individuals accused of human rights abuses worldwide.
The European Union has blacklisted nine individuals involved in the organization of last month’s elections in Ukraine’s separatist-controlled regions for “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine.”
Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has announced that it will fine Google $7,543. for failure to comply with procedures governing prohibited websites and exclude them from search results. The regulator also announced that by year’s end it would review Facebook and Twitter for compliance with requirements to store users’ personal data inside Russia. (Russian Service)
The head of Russia's National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, has filed a lawsuit against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny, demanding 1 million rubles ($15,000) in compensation for damaging his honor and dignity.
A Russian court has found former police officer Aleksandr Zhitnyuk guilty of handing classified materials to Norwegian intelligence, and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.
President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law a bill to terminate Ukraine's friendship treaty with Russia, calling it "part of our strategy towards fully breaking with the colonial past and reorientation towards Europe."
Armenia’s snap December 9 parliamentary election respected fundamental freedoms and was characterized by “broad public trust” and “genuine competition,” international observers say, calling for further electoral reforms to preserve public trust.
In Kazakhstan, 12 million cellular service subscribers may lose service next month for failing to register the IMEI codes of their phones, as required by a new law adopted last year. The law is meant to ensure that every mobile device is identified with a specific individual, and prohibits cellular companies from providing services to customers with unregistered gadgets. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Police in a district near the Uzbek capital entered new territory last week when they were required to swear on the Koran that they would "not take bribes" or "engage in extortion."
Gulnara Karimova remains in prison on charges of extortion, embezzlement, and tax evasion, but her son has said on Instagram that she supports her father’s successor, current President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and has pledged “to do everything in her power’ to support the country’s development. (in Russian, Uzbek Service)
Human rights veteran Lyudmila Alekseeva spoke to RFE/RL’s Russian Service about her membership in the Communist Party - from which she was expelled in 1968 - saying it had felt like a burden, “because I could not fail to see the screaming discrepancy between what was proclaimed in the party documents, what was written in Soviet newspapers, and what I saw with my own eyes.” She said that Soviet media extolled the “heyday of socialist agriculture,” while villages were struggling with poverty right outside of Moscow. (Russian Service)