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The Stick Of Politics In The Wheel Of The Economy (Cartoon from RFE/RL Russian Service)

The Stick Of Politics In The Wheel Of The Economy (Cartoon from RFE/RL Russian Service)


The 'Chinafication' of Siberia

Looking for foreign fixes to ease Russia’s financial woes, President Vladimir Putin says China is ready to invest over $18 billion in projects in Siberia. But not everyone is happy about the prospect of China's growing influence in the region. (Current Time TV)

Kyrgyzstan's Modern Mullahs Adopt Smartphones, Social Media

The Kyrgyz government has launched a training course to teach Muslim clerics to use digital technology in an effort to counter extremist groups that recruit online. (Current Time TV)

RFE/RLive: The Case, The Verdict, and Media Freedom in Azerbaijan

On September 1, an Azerbaijani court sentenced investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison. In this edition of RFE/RLive, a panel of human rights experts examines the implications of the case.


Bill Would Prohibit The Use Of Dollars in Russia

The Russian State Duma introduced a bill prohibiting the use of dollars on its territory. If it passes, Russian citizens will be required to close all dollar accounts held in Russian banks within one year, and exchange the money stored in them for rubles or other currencies. (In Russian)

Navalny Calls For Fresh Anti-Putin Street Protest In Moscow

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has called for a protest to mark four years since President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to return to the Kremlin after serving as prime minister. "This sleazy, fraudulent move by two fraudsters, carried out at a congress of fraudsters, became a turning point in modern Russian history," Navalny wrote on his website. The Daily Vertical looks back at the protest movements of December 2011 and May 2013, when Navalny sought the Moscow mayor’s office, and wonders where those activists are now.

Russians Banned From Television And Radio Business In Ukraine

The Ukrainian parliament has passed a bill that forbids Russian citizens from engaging in business activities related to the operation of radio and television stations inside the country. (In Russian)

Is a Soft Annexation Underway In Donbas?

They're already using the Russian currency. They may soon be issued Russian passports. And in a couple of months, they plan to vote in a stage-managed referendum to formally join Russia. Is Donbas being annexed?

Kazakhstan Has Eliminated The Communist Party

A court in Kazakhstan has ruled to disband the country’s Communist Party (CPK), removing one source of political opposition from the scene. (In Russian)

Petition Proposes Appointment Of Saakashvili As Prime Minister

The petition was posted on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s official website, in the section for public initiatives. According to its author, Saakashvili, who is the current governor of the Odessa region, is able to advance reforms in Ukraine and fight corruption. (In Russian)