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Jailed Journalist's Mother: "Khadija Won't Stop"

A court in Baku has given investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova a 7 1/2 year sentence on charges that are widely described as politically motivated. Speaking after the verdict, Ismayilova's mother, Elmira Ismayilova, said that even imprisonment will not stop her daughter from speaking out against corruption and abuse. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

World Powers Condemn Violence, Urge Ukraine To Affirm Reforms

Statements of concern from the United States, Germany, Russia, and the European Union came as Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk blamed ultranationalists for the violence, which left at least 122 injured and killed two Ukrainian national guardsmen.

The Daily Vertical: The Tandem In Training

The odd and awkward video that Kremlin released on Sunday showing Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev working out together naturally sparked a flurry of online jokes and snarky tweets. Now the humor is giving way to speculation of what it all might mean and what message Kremlin is trying to send. @PowerVertical


Baku Court Jails Journalist Khadija Ismayilova For 7 1/2 Years

An Azerbaijani court has sentenced investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison after convicting her on charges that rights groups have called retribution for her reports on corruption involving senior government officials.

Russian Parliament Speaker Slams U.S. For Barring Legislative Trip

The speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament Valentina Matviyenko denounced U.S. sanctions banning her from attending a world conference and said the days of U.S. superpower domination are nearing an end.

Karimov Says No Foreign Military Bases In Uzbekistan

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has ruled out the establishment of any foreign military base in his country. Karimov's statement comes five days after the United States said it had asked Tashkent to join the multinational coalition against the Islamic State group.

Pro-Kremlin Russian Jazz Icon Roasted Over U.S. Citizenship

Igor Butman, A Russian jazz icon and ally of President Vladimir Putin has drawn scorn from the opposition over his U.S. citizenship after Washington purportedly asked him to refrain from attending a music festival in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Amendments To The Law On Personal Data in Russia Go Into Effect Today

The law requires that all companies working with personal data of Russian citizens, process and store the data in Russia. Otherwise, Roskomnadzor, which is responsible to keep the registry of offenders, can block access to online resources that violate the new law. (In Russian)

Georgia Gets A New Minister of Foreign Affairs

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Ex-Minister of Economy of Georgia, was appointed as a Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before working for the government, Kvirikashvili led some ot the largest banks in Georgia. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili explained the new appointment with the new goal of attracting investment and promoting economic cooperation with foreign partners. (In Russian)

Beslan: How The Tragedy Unfolded

Eleven years ago, one of the worst terrorist attacks in Russia's history unfolded at a school in the small North Ossetian town of Beslan. It began on September 1, when dozens of armed assailants stormed the school and captured more than 1,100 people -- including more than 700 schoolchildren and relatives and friends who had come for a ceremony marking the first day of the new school year.