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Azerbaijani Voters Approve Greater Powers For Aliyev

Over 90 percent of Azerbaijan's voters supported the extension of the presidential term from five to seven years, with about 72 percent of the ballots counted, Baku's Central Election Commission has announced.

Ukrainian Soldiers Wary Of Minsk

Ukrainian soldiers serving close to the line of contact with Russia-backed separatists near the city of Mariupol fear that pulling away from their positions, as required by the Minsk agreements, would mean surrendering the city’s suburbs. (In Russian and Ukrainian)

Bosnian Candidate Campaigns In Niqab

Journalist Indira Sinanović is running for a municipal council seat in the Bosnian city of Zenica.

New Protests In Macedonia As Prosecutor Comes Under Fire

Thousands of people demonstrated outside the Macedonian parliament on September 26 in defense of the special prosecutor investigating a massive government corruption scandal.


Russia Says New Data Shows Rebels Didn't Down MH17

The Russian Defense Ministry has released new radar data that it says shows the missile that downed a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 was not fired from territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

Russia Says U.S. Preparing Yaroshenko Extradition

A lawyer for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year sentence in a U.S. prison for drug smuggling, says his client has signed a form authorizing his extradition to Russia.

Corruption On Russia’s Rails

RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports that, despite changes at the top, regional heads of Russian Railways have retained their positions and collude with the prosecutor's office and transport police to commit mass theft. (In Russian)

Ukraine One Step Closer To Visa-Free Regime With EU

The European Parliament on September 26 voted to lift a visa regime with Ukraine, enabling negotiations among the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission to begin. (In Ukrainian)

Russian Soccer-Fans Head Under Fire

The head of Russia's official soccer fan association, credited with hooligan violence that marred this summer's Euro 2016 championships in France, appears to have gone from hero to hounded at home.

Moscow Gallery Fined For Use Of ‘Indecent’ Work By Bosch

Russia’s federal anti-monopoly service has fined an art gallery 100,000 rubles (approx. $1,550) for using Hieronymus Bosch’s painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” to advertise an exhibition, calling it “indecent.” (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Islamic Cleric Shot Dead In Russia's North Caucasus

The grand mufti of the Stavropol region, Mukhammad Rakhimov, said the deputy imam of a mosque in the village of Kara-Tyube was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 26.

Record-Breaking Russian Adventurer Says The World Needs More Explorers

Fyodor Konyukhov, a Russian adventurer who set a world record this summer for the fastest trip around the globe in a hot-air balloon, says humanity has lost its drive to explore.

China To Bolster Tajikistan’s Border With Afghanistan

Tajikistan, citing the need for improved security, announced on September 26 that China plans to finance and build several outposts for Tajik border guards along the Tajik-Afghan border.

Turkmenistan’s Reality: Unpaid Wages And Shortages Of Food

Despite the glowing accounts Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and other officials give of the country’s economy, testimony from the ground paints an entirely different picture.

MOST READ/RUSSIA: Russian Military Exposed Own Lies About MH17

The investigative group Bellingcat says that, at a press conference on September 26, the Russian Ministry of Defense provided data on the downing of flight MH17 that contradicts information it released two years ago. (Over 30k views on Russian Service website)

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