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Poland Recruits Territorial Defense Force

Poland’s military is set to launch an ambitious campaign to recruit volunteers for a militia to counter potential Russian aggression.

Ukrainian Separatists Open Mission In Czech Republic

Russia-backed separatists from eastern Ukraine have announced the opening of a “representative center” in the eastern city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

Ukraine Responds To Allegations Of Secret Prison

Ukraine’s Secret Service gave a tour to journalists of a prison facility in Kharkiv that international human rights groups allege was used by the agency as a secret prison. (In Ukrainian and Russian)

Protesting Beslan Mothers Sentenced

A group of women who gathered to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of responsibility for the 2004 Beslan school massacre have been sentenced to community service or fined.

Samara School Opens With Weapons And Smoke Grenades

An elementary school in Russia’s southern city of Samara welcomed first graders with a performance by members of a local martial arts club that involved model weapons and smoke grenades, followed by a sprinkling of holy water by a local priest. (In Russian, Current Time TV)


The Power Vertical: Putin Vs. Putin

The most consequential political battle in Russia today is between Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin.

Uzbek Cabinet Says Karimov Condition 'Critical'

Uzbekistan's cabinet has announced after days of official silence that President Islam Karimov is in critical condition after suffering a stroke, although Reuters cited three diplomatic sources as saying the 78-year-old strongman is dead.

Donetsk Separatists Fly Flag In Czech Republic

On September 1, the flag of Russia-backed separatists from Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region flew in front of a building in the eastern city of Ostrava that they call their first official office on EU soil.

New Ceasefire In Donbas As Of September 1

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed on September 1 that the ceasefire had held in the country’s eastern Donbas region for 12 hours. It was extended in a meeting of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk on August 26. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Ukraine Seeks Russian Defense Minister’s Arrest

Ukraine’s attorney general Yuriy Lutsenko commented on the decision of a Kyiv court to grant a warrant for the arrest of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, saying the military prosecutor's office continues to collect evidence linking Russian officials and soldiers to the "aggressive war against Ukraine and other war crimes." (In Ukrainian)

Kazakh Man Jailed For Urging Terrorist Attacks In Russia

A court in Kazakhstan’s northwestern city of Aqtobe has jailed a man for calling for a series of terrorist attacks to be carried out in neighboring Russia.

Obituary: Vera Caslavska, Czech Gymnastics Great

Vera Caslavska, Czechoslovakia's most decorated Olympic athlete and the only gymnast to have won Olympic gold medals in every individual event, was a vocal critic of communism who was persecuted for her dissent.

INFOGRAPHIC: Purging His Former KGB Pals