Sunday, October 04, 2015

  • Kyrgyz Head To Polls In Unpredictable Vote

    Nearly 2.7 million voters are registered to vote after receiving biometric ID cards -- a first for Central Asia – which will be used to identify each voter by his or her fingerprint in a bid to stamp out voter fraud.

  • Residents carrying Free Syria Army flags chant slogans as they protest against Russian air strikes in Syria, in Aleppo on October 2.

    Russia Says Syria Air Strikes Will Intensify

    Russia has said that it will step up its air strikes in Syria after announcing that its air force has flown more than 60 sorties since September 30 and significantly reduced the military potential of "terrorists."

  • Bondo Dorovskikh has been gathering groups of like-minded Russians seeking to fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.

    'I Want To Be In These Fights'

    A Russian volunteer says he and a band of like-minded men are setting off for Syria to fight IS militants. Bondo Dorovskikh says he is driven by an addiction to battle and the desire to combat the “evil” of IS.

Battleground Ukraine

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Syrian Opposition Groups Hold Reconciliation Talksi
October 02, 2015
Syria's fractured opposition groups met in the Kazakh capital Astana aimed at uniting the country's various political factions. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Syrian Opposition Groups Hold Reconciliation Talks

Syria's fractured opposition groups met in the Kazakh capital Astana aimed at uniting the country's various political factions. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Ukrainian Police Arrest Illegal Amber Miners

Ukrainian security forces arrested 100 illegal amber miners in the Volyn region who tried to block a major highway. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Protesters Demonstrate Against Putin At UN

Hundreds of protesters denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's appearance at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28. The demonstrators spoke out against Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Video Trial Of Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Resumes In Russia

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.

Video Moldovan Capital Sees More Mass Protests

An estimated 20,000 anticorruption protesters in Moldova held another large rally in the capital Chisinau on September 27. They once again called for the resignation of the country's president over the disappearance of $1 billion from three of the country's banks. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Moldovan Protesters Set Up New Tent City In Chisinau

Protesters in the Moldovan capital Chisinau have set up a second tent city. It comes as anti-corruption activists called for further demonstrations against the government on Sunday, September 27th. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Freed Political Prisoner Calls For Boycott Of Belarusian Vote

Recently released political prisoner and opposition leader Mikalay Statkevich addressed a rally in Minsk where he called for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election, saying that the vote is pointless when opposition figures are barred from running.

Video Thousands Celebrate At Moscow's Largest Mosque

Some 10,000 worshipers marked the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or Kurban Bayram at Moscow's new Cathedral Mosque. The celebration comes a day after the $170 million complex was officially opened.

Video A Look Inside Moscow's Largest Mosque

From the 46-meter high gold leaf dome to the handcrafted stone walls, gaze at the grand features of the new Moscow Cathedral Mosque. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Chaos On Serbian-Croatian Border As Truckers Block Crossing

Truckers continue their protest against Croatia's blockade of transports carrying nonperishable goods from Serbia. They caused chaos on the largest highway between the two countries by blocking all traffic. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Savchenko Defiant

The trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko has begun in Russia. She is accused of involvement in the killing of Russian journalists, but many see the trial as simply another means for Russia to bring pressure to bear on Ukraine.

Video Crimean Tatars Block Roads To Crimea

Hundreds of Crimean Tatars have blocked roads and prevented supplies from reaching Crimea via Ukraine. They want Ukrainian companies to stop trading with Crimea as a way to protest the peninsula's annexation by Russia last year. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Migrants Forge Route Through Croatia

Refugees and migrants camped out near the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia, on September 18 after crossing into the EU country from Serbia. Croatia has seen thousands of new arrivals as migrants sought a new route into the EU after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia.

Video Civilians, Servicemen Among Casualties In Peshawar Mosque Attack

At least 16 people were killed when Taliban militants attacked a mosque inside a military base in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, on September 18. The attack set off a firefight that left at least 17 others dead.

Video Migrants And Refugees Struggle At Balkan Borders

From Hungary to Serbia to Croatia, migrants and refugees tried to push northward toward more prosperous European Union countries, struggling with closed borders, unfriendly authorities, and exhausting detours along the way. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Turkmenistan Reduces Suburbs To Rubble As Demolition Program Continues

Bulldozers smashed down houses in suburbs of the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, in the latest phase of the country's controversial demolition program. The demolitions are not reported in Turkmen media, and homeowners say they receive no compensation.

Video Funeral For Tajik Security Chief Killed In Gunbattle

A funeral has been held for a senior Tajik security official, killed in a gun battle with supporters of a former government official.


Photogallery Alyaksandr Lukashenka And His Son Kolya

Mikalay Lukashenka, aka Kolya, is not your average 11-year-old. But that's to be expected when your father is not your average president.

Multimedia Desperate Honeymoon: A Perilous Journey To Europe

A month after getting married, Sayid and Amira sold everything and fled the war in Syria. This is their story.

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