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Baku 2011 - Flooded By Oil. Baku 2016 - Flooded By Rain. (RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service)

Baku 2011 - Flooded By Oil. Baku 2016 - Flooded By Rain. (RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service)


Lithuanian Minister Urges EU To Sanction Russia Over Aleppo

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius urged the European Union on October 17 to adopt more sanctions against Russia in response to its air strikes against civilian targets in Syria.

Pro-Western Party Celebrates Victory In Montenegro Vote

Claiming victory after his party won parliamentary elections on October 16, long-serving Montenegrin leader Milo Djukanovic told cheering supporters the country would continue on its path towards NATO and the EU.

Ukrainian Soldier Describes 'Motorola' Executing POWs

In a 2015 interview, RFE/RL’s Current Time TV asked the infamous Motorola, killed on October 16, about reports that he executed prisoners of war.

Baku Floods

Torrential rains have challenged Azerbaijan’s capital city’s roadways and drainage systems. (In Azerbaijani)

Dalai Lama Cheered By Czechs

The Tibetan spiritual leader received a warm welcome from crowds outside Prague Castle, although he was not invited in to see the Czech president.


Russia Says Air Strikes On Aleppo Halted

Russia says the Russian and Syrian air forces are halting air strikes on the northern city of Aleppo.

British Bank Refuses To Shut RT Accounts

Britain’s “The Times” is reporting that the Royal Bank of Scotland has refused to block bank accounts belonging to RT, formerly known as Russia Today, after Moscow threatened to block the BBC’s accounts in Russia. (In Russian)

Separatists Vow Revenge After Top Commander Killed In Eastern Ukraine

Following the October 16 assassination of separatist commander Arseny Pavlov, a Russian citizen better known by his nom de guerre, Motorola, the head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Zakharchenko has promised revenge.

Doubts Cloud Russian Talk Of Far-Flung Military Outposts

As ties between Moscow and Washington plunge to new lows, official rhetoric and Russian media reports suggest the Kremlin is ramping up its global reach with military bases from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia.

Ivanov Calls Reports Of New Super Security Body False

Russian President Vladimir Putin's former chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, says a report that the Kremlin plans to create a monolithic new security agency is false.

Russia Set To Unveil Jewel On The Seine

A massive Russian "spiritual and cultural center," crowned by a golden-domed Orthodox cathedral, opens its gates in downtown Paris this week.

Critics Charge Impunity As Russian Oil Executive's Son Evades Prison

Ruslan Shamsuarov, son of a vice president of the private oil company LukOil, has avoided prison for his part in a frenzied car chase with police earlier this year.

Russian Psychiatric Hospital Whistle-Blower Faces Blowback

A former orderly who alleges that patients at a psychiatric hospital in Russia's Tatarstan region are often stripped, bound, and beaten for minor infractions could face criminal charges after complaining about such abuses.

Fewer Than Half Of Russians Trust Their Media

A recent poll by the Russian Fund of Public Opinion has found that 51 percent of Russians do not trust their own mass media, the lowest such data point since 2008. (In Russian, Current Time TV)

Jailed Former Azerbaijani Minister Hit With New Criminal Charges

Former Azerbaijani Health Minister Ali Insanov, 70, was ordered held in custody for three months on October 11, nine days before the end of an 11-year prison term he received in 2007 on charges of bribery, embezzlement and economic crimes.

COMMENTARY: Motorola’s Life And Death

Novaya Gazeta correspondent Pavel Kanygin calls the October 16 slaying of the notorious separatist field commander “Motorola” predictable, saying “Russia is interested in Donetsk and Lugansk leaders who are loyal to the Kremlin and pose no opposition. Motorola did not fit into this hierarchy well.” (In Russian)

SCHEMES: ‘Golden Sands’ Of Ukraine’s Fatherland Party

RFE/RL’s investigative program finds that a village in Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi region may be left without water because of the practices of a company operated by Oleksandr Skochelyas, a member and reported financier of Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party. (In Ukrainian)

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