Is Russia about to get its very own anti-establishment leader who channels the anger of those whom globalization has left behind?
Foreign ministers of the 12-nation Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation met in Belgrade on December 13 to discuss a series of issues.
Most respondents replied negatively to the street poll, describing the separatists as people who wanted change, or are protecting Russians and Russian interests, or are exercising the liberties that democracy offers. One said that the real terrorists are the Ukrainian forces who, sponsored by the U.S., destroyed hospitals and schools. (in Russian)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel of a threat to the gas supplies that Russia sends to Europe via Ukraine, the Kremlin said on December 13.
Following upon the heels of cyberattacks that recently targeted Ukraine’s Finance Ministry, new attacks reportedly disabled the Defense Ministry’s website on December 13.
Ukraine's Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party said on December 13 that lawmaker Nadia Savchenko resigned from the political party at the end of October.
Ukraine reduced its production of livestock and milk in response to Russia’s import ban, but increased exports of grains and oilseeds have yielded growth in the country’s agricultural sector. (in Ukrainian)
A Dutch court has ruled that a collection of gold artifacts from Crimea that were on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia occupied the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine.
In one manifestation of the impact of Western sanctions on Russia, the Russian company RusBitTech says it has scrambled to write code for a Kremlin-contracted operating system after it was denied license to use some of the most common computer fonts in the world.
Authorities in Perm withdrew a building permit for a mosque in the city center after residents, supported by Cossack anti-migrant protesters, challenged the plan, calling it “a brazen challenge to our Russian Orthodox society.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Belarus authorities have launched investigations of about 10 citizens suspected of fighting as mercenaries in eastern Ukraine, the country's foreign minister says.
Macedonia's opposition Social Democratic Union has challenged the results of the country's parliamentary elections in a bid to overturn a narrow win by the conservative ruling party.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has held talks in Astana with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Kazakhstan’s President has approved an amnesty for some 28,000 people who are behind bars in the Central Asian nation.
Shavkat Mirziyaev has been sworn in as president of Uzbekistan, becoming the second person to hold the post since Central Asia's most populous country gained independence from the Soviet Union 25 years ago.
Alexey Navalny’s announcement that he will run for president in 2018 is the beginning of a post-Putin agenda in Russia, says political analyst Gleb Pavlovsky. “Of course the Kremlin can deprive Navalny of the ability to participate in the elections,” but politically, this demonstrates that “we are not inside the Kremlin's Kingdom anymore, but we are in a transitional period, from the end of Putin’s era to something different.” (in Russian)