A single demonstrator protested outside the trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko as the court hearing resumed in Russia's Rostov region on September 29. Savchenko is accused of complicity in killing two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, charges she vehemently denies.
As the U.S. and Russian presidents addressed the United Nations, Internet users had a field day.
An important independent survey in Belarus finds that every fifth Belarusian believes that Russia and Belarus would defeat the US and NATO countries in a war. Thirty five percent of Belarusians polled agreed with a statement that nuclear weapons are the only way to talk to the West, but 49 percent said such threats were unacceptable. (In Belarusian)
In a meeting in Germany with Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that the city will rename Vozduhoflotsky Prospect after her father. (Current Time TV)
A Moscow court upheld a decision denying a travel passport to Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny on grounds that it is inconsistent with his probationary status. (In Russian)
A court in Chechnya sentenced Alexander Malofeev, a member of the Ukrainian nationalist organization UNA–UNSO, to 24 and one-half years in prison after finding him guilty of murdering Russian soldiers during the first Chechen war. (In Russian)
The memory of ethnic violence five years ago is present as voters in Osh prepare for this weekend’s parliamentary vote.