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Azerbaijan’s Currency Remains On A Floating Exchange Rate

Azerbaijan’s Currency Remains On A Floating Exchange Rate


Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz authorities say a suicide car bomber attacked China's embassy in the capital, Bishkek, killing himself and wounding three embassy employees on August 30.

Uzbekistan's Future Uncertain After Karimov Is Hospitalized

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has reportedly suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, raising questions about the line of succession in a country that has had no other leader since it became independent 25 years ago.

‘Let’s Put A Monument To Putin Here!’

In a reprise of the “night of long shovels” last year, Moscow authorities demolished dozens of convenience stores and kiosks in the city center in the evening hours of August 29, claiming they were illegally built. (In Russian)

What Do You Remember About The Soviet Putsch?

To mark this month’s anniversary of the August 1991 failed coup attempt that led to the breakup of the Soviet Union, RFE/RL asked young people living in former Soviet countries what they know about the putsch.


Who Could Replace Uzbekistan’s Ailing President?

Uzbekistan’s constitution instructs the head of the upper chamber of parliament to assume the president's authority for a period of three months. For the longer term, three people make the short list.

Roma Flee Ukrainian Village After Mob Attack

Scores of Roma have fled from a southern Ukrainian village after residents torched one Romany home and demanded authorities evict all Romany families from the area following the killing of a 9-year-old girl.

OSCE Calls For Thorough Investigation Following Russian Journalist’s Death In Kyiv

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's media freedom advocate called on Ukrainian authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Aleksandr Shchetinin.

‘You Hear The Screams Round The Clock’

Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Assembly Ilmi Umerov was placed in a psychiatric clinic for a medical evaluation earlier this month after being charged by investigators with Russia’s security services for inciting separatism. Speaking to RFE/RL from the facility, he said the punishment is politically motivated and is an attempt to silence him. (In Russian)

Ukrainian Separatists Announce Representative Office In Czech Republic

Ukraine’s self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic has announced that it will open a representative office in Ostrava, a city in the eastern Czech Republic. The Czech Foreign Ministry has stated that the entity has the status of a nongovernmental organization, not a diplomatic mission. (In Ukrainian)

Ukraine Appoints New Head Of President’s Office

Former Kharkhiv governor Igor Raynin has been appointed the new chief of Ukraine’s presidential administration, following the resignation of Boris Lozhkin, who will now head the National Investment Council. (In Ukrainian)

In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings

Ukraine's appointment of Viktor Medvedchuk, a millionaire tycoon and backroom politician with close personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as a leading arbiter in the country’s dealings with Moscow has met with widespread public concern.

Lviv Hosts International Rocket Modelling Contest

Ukraine’s Lviv region hosted a rocket modeling contest that hosted prominent engineers and saw 300 enthusiasts of varying ages and 19 different countries design a module that could blast a chicken egg 984 feet into the air and return it to the ground in a special parachute, shell intact. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

COMMENTARY: Uzbekistan’s Empty Throne

Russian political analyst Yuri Fedorov says that Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev and his deputy Rustam Azimov are possible successors to Uzbek President Islam Karimov, but cautioned that the succession could easily lead to instability, violence, and involvement from Moscow. (In Russian)

TURKEY NOTEBOOK: Turning Away From Gulen’s ‘Golden Generation’

INFOGRAPHIC: Soviet Secessions