Sunday, December 21, 2014


  • Free-Speech Firestorm

    Sony's shelving of the comedy "The Interview," depicting a fictitious plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has sparked fears that other nations could launch cyberattacks over speech they don’t like.

  • Russia Blocks Navalny Facebook Page

    Russian authorities have ordered the blockage of a Facebook page calling for a demonstration in support of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who faces charges he calls part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent.

  • Dollar-Mortgage Holders Feel Ruble Crunch

    Russians who took out dollar-denominated mortgages in better times are now feeling the crunch as a weak ruble becomes the new normal.


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RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 19i
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December 19, 2014
Pakistanis march to condemn the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Russians demand the right to direct mayoral elections, and Armenians protest over rising food prices, plus more stories from Pakistan and Georgia.
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Video December 19

Pakistanis march to condemn the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Russians demand the right to direct mayoral elections, and Armenians protest over rising food prices, plus more stories from Pakistan and Georgia.
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Video December 18

Peshawar mourns after the Taliban's school attack, Muscovites rush to the stores as the ruble drops, a political prisoner is released in Belarus, plus stories from Afghanistan, Serbia, and Armenia.
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Video December 17

Funerals for the victims of a Taliban attack in Pakistan, an Eastern European summit in Serbia, and a protest against the destruction of cultural heritage in Georgia, plus stories from Macedonia and Iraq.
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Video December 16

Taliban gunmen take over a school in Peshawar in one of Pakistan's worst attacks; Kazakhs mourn the victims of suppressed protests; Georgia investigates claims of abuse in prison; and Afghanistan moves ahead with plans for an international railway.
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Video December 15

Disgruntled EXPO workers clash with police in Kazakhstan, an anti-polio drive resumes following a Taliban attack in Pakistan, a show seeks UNESCO status for rugs in Moldova, plus stories from Bosnia and Afghanistan (RFE/RL)

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Video Russia Is Back In Afghanistan -- With Millions In Investment

Russia has been investing heavily in Afghanistan for the past two years, restoring once-abandoned factories and funding new infrastructure ventures. Moscow’s outlay on scores of projects marks its return to a country the Soviet Union considered part of its strategic backyard.

Video Remembering The First Chechen War

Twenty years later after the first Chechen conflict, RFE/RL looks back at the destruction wrought upon Grozny.

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Chechnya -- Chechen women and men pass by a Russian armoured personnel carrier in front of the destroyed presidential palace in Grozny.  Feb1996.
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Revisiting the First Chechen War

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Ukraine -- Oleksiy Matsuka, host of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service program "Donbas Realities." Kyiv, October 15, 2014.
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Ukrainian Reporter Lauded For Courage

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Journalist Khadija İsmayilova entering a courtroom in Baku, Azerbaijan, 5 Dec 2014
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Azerbaijan Jails Khadija Ismayilova

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