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The Price Of Oil (RFE/RL Russian Service)

The Price Of Oil (RFE/RL Russian Service)


A Village Divided By War In Eastern Ukraine

While a cease-fire holds, locals move between the two parts of the divided village of Lobacheve: one controlled by Ukrainian government troops, the other by Russian-backed separatists.

'There Is No Other Way:' A Siberian Village Survives Off The Forest

In the remote wilderness of western Siberia, locals are turning to the region’s vast woodlands and swamps for sustenance and income. (Current Time TV)


How Dutch Investigators Rebuffed Russia’s Alternative MH17 Theories

Documents accompanying the Dutch report on the downing of flight MH17 show that Russian officials and technicians attempted repeatedly to convince investigators to invoke "other scenarios," such as the possibility that the aircraft was struck by an air-to-air missile.

Russia Convicts Five Soldiers Of Desertion

Russia is handing down prison terms for desertion to soldiers who have refused to fight in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. (Current Time TV)

Russia Announces Loop Hole in Import Ban

Russia’s Federal Customs Service has announced that the import ban does not apply to individual goods imported for personal use, allowing sanctioned products to be ordered and delivered to Russia from Europe or the United States. (Current Time TV)

Russian Court Rules Against Questioning Kadyrov In Nemtsov Case

The judge dismissed the fact that the accused gunman in the murder personally knows Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov as grounds for questioning him. A lawyer in the case contends that "all traces of the crime lead to Chechnya, to Grozny, directly to the elite of the region." (In Russian)

Savchenko’s Sister Refused Entry To Russia

The lawyer for imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko says her sister has been banned from entering Russian territory until 2022, preventing her from testifying in court. (Current Time TV)

Letters From Donbas: 'Life Resembles Survival On A Desert Island'

More than 1 million people have fled eastern Ukraine since war erupted in April 2014. Some have since returned, while others never left. This is the sixth in a series of testimonies published by RFE/RL’s Ukrainian service documenting life in rebel-held towns.

Ukrainians Believe In Democracy, But Not The Current Government

A new poll shows that 74 percent of respondents are unhappy with the current government’s efforts to curb the influence of oligarchs, 67 percent are dissatisfied with its efforts to fight corruption, and 40 percent paid bribes in the last 12 months. (In Ukrainian)