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'Foreign Agents' Law Nears Approval In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz human rights activists gathered outside of parliament in Bishkek to protest a proposed "foreign agents" law that resembles one adopted in Russia in 2012 and used to silence dissent.

Activists Pay Tribute To Constitution And Cosmonauts

Activists belonging to an initiative called “Witnesses of the Constitution” gathered in Moscow and St. Petersburg on April 12, Cosmonautics’ Day, to recite the Russian Federation’s highest law as a public reminder to citizens of their rights and freedoms. (Russian Service)

Ruins And Unexploded Mines At Luhansk Airport

For several months in 2014, Luhansk International Airport was the site of one of the most brutal and symbolic battles in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists. (Ukrainian Service)

Eggs Fly As Macedonian President's Pardons Spark Protests

Protesters in the capital city Skopje on April 12 demanded President Gjorge Ivanov’s resignation and threw eggs at his office after he pardoned politicians and others implicated in a vast wiretapping operation.


The Power Vertical: Corruption Is The New Communism

In many ways, Russian corruption is the new Soviet Communism. The Kremlin’s black cash is the new Red Menace.

Hroysman Accepts Candidacy for PM, But Official Vote Still Pending

Speaker Volodymyr Hroysman told Ukraine’s parliament on April 13 that he has agreed to be a candidate for the post of prime minister and was prepared to negotiate a new cabinet with the newly formed ruling coalition. (In Russian/Current Time TV)

Russian Medics Find No Threat To Savchenko’s Life

Russian doctors examining Nadia Savchenko have declared her health satisfactory but, according to her lawyers, refuse to release the results of her medical tests. The imprisoned Ukrainian pilot has been on a dry hunger strike since April 5. (In Ukrainian)

Zhirinovsky Happy With Statue Of Himself, Internet Not So Much

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the notorious ultranationalist leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic party, has unveiled a statue of himself on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

What Is Lenin’s Body Worth?

According to official figures, Russia spends approximately $197,000 annually, or a little over one million rubles per month, to preserve the entombed body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin’s body, who died in 1924. (In Russian/Current Time TV)

Russia Blamed For Hacking Crimean Tatar Congress

Plans to broadcast a congress of Crimean Tatars on the website of the Lithuanian parliament were thwarted when the new $4 million online security system was hacked. Delegates, convening in Vilnius April 11 - 13, have accused Russia of the breach. (In Russian/Current Time TV)

Russia’s Hybrid War In Germany

In an interview with RFE/RL Boris Reitschuster, a German journalist and author of the book Putin’s Secret War, says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging a covert, hybrid war in Germany that makes use of massive propaganda, strengthened ties with right-wing populists, and the creation of a network of potential combat units under the guise of sports clubs. (In Russian)

MOST READ/Russia: Russian Propaganda’s ‘Rotten Herring’

Moscow media expert Vasily Gatov has coined the term “rotten herring” to describe the propaganda methods used by Russian state-controlled TV channels VGTRK and Channel One. It entails blending falsehoods with facts with the aim of devaluing the issue and degrading the truth. (over 30K on Russian Service website)