Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Russia Sending 250 Athletes To Rio; Putin Slams 'Discrimination'

Russia has announced that more than 250 athletes have been cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics next month even as President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia's some 100 doping-related suspensions amounted to "discrimination."

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) greets Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic during the latter's visit to Moscow in May, not long after Serbia's parliamentary elections.

Balkans Blog: Specter Of Russia Haunts Vucic

It's been three months since he comfortably won parliamentary elections, and yet Serbian Prime Minister Vucic has yet to name his cabinet. Vucic failed to give a clear explanation for this, but hinted that unnamed forces may be at work behind the scenes. More

Video 'LGBT Saved Me' -- A Former Soviet Soldier's Sex Change Story

Yekaterina was born the son of an officer in the Soviet armed forces and now acts as a bodyguard at LGBT events. She told RFE/RL her story and spoke about her conflicted, often difficult life as an Orthodox Christian transgender person living in Moscow. More

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Official Events In Kyiv Mark 1,028 Years Since Adoption Of Christianityi
July 28, 2016
President Poroshenko attends event organized by Kyiv Patriarchate, a day after controversial ceremonies backed by Moscow Patriarchate at the same site. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Official Events In Kyiv Mark 1,028 Years Since Adoption Of Christianity

President Poroshenko attends event organized by Kyiv Patriarchate, a day after controversial ceremonies backed by Moscow Patriarchate at the same site. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Armenians March In Support Of Armed Group

Thousands of Armenians again took to the streets in support of an armed group that has been holed up in a police station since July 17, calling for the resignation of President Serzh Sarkisian. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Controversial Orthodox March Arrives In Kyiv

Around 9,000 Orthodox Christians arrived in Kyiv amid tight security, after threats of violence from Ukrainian nationalists. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Low-Key Protests At Russia's Antiterror Law

There were small protests across Russia at new antiterror legislation which critics say amounts to a further crackdown on rights and freedoms by the Kremlin. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Gun Battle In Yerevan, Armed Standoff Ongoing

A gun battle broke out between Armenian security forces and an armed group holed up in a police station, but the 10-day armed standoff continued. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video U.S. Joins Ukraine And NATO Members In Black Sea Drills

The 15th annual Sea Breeze naval exercises are underway on the Black Sea. Co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, the drills include personnel from 13 nations including Britain, Turkey, Romania and Georgia.

Video Orthodox Procession Scuffles With Protesters Near Kyiv

Marchers affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church are taking part in a multi-day march to Kyiv that they say is a gesture in support of peace in Ukraine. On July 25, they were confronted by protesters who accuse the Kremlin of using the march to stir up unrest. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Armenian Activists March In Support Of Opposition Gunmen

Thousands of people marched in Yerevan in support of opposition gunmen who have occupied a district police station. The protesters marched late on July 25 from the Erebuni district, where the gunmen have been holed up for more than a week, to the center of the Armenian capital.

Video Vigil For Three Kosovar Victims Of Munich Shootings

People gathered in Pristina to remember the two 14-year-old girls and a 21-year-old man killed by a gunman in Munich. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Funeral For Three Generations Of Kazakh Family Killed In Nice

A grandmother, a mother, and a two-year-old were laid to rest in Kazakhstan -- all victims of the truck attack in France. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Memorial For Slain Journalist Sheremet

Ukrainians bade farewell to a journalist killed by a car bombing on the streets of Kyiv, as police investigations continued. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Migrants Launch Hunger Strike In Serbia

Hundreds joined a protest in central Belgrade, calling on Hungary to open its border to people who wish to seek political asylum in the European Union. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Night Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists exchanged mortar and machine-gun fire for two hours, amid a sharp increase in fighting. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Azerbaijan Takes Over Private University Linked To Turkish Cleric

Azerbaijan's government has taken over a private university widely linked with controversial Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, and put it under the control of a school owned by the state oil company. Students at the Qafqaz University in Baku were left wondering what was happening to their institution.

Video Armenian Police Clash With Demonstrators Supporting Violent Opposition Group

Several hundred Armenian protesters supporting a radical opposition group holding hostages at a police station have clashed with security forces in the capital, Yerevan.

Video Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed By Car Bomb In Kyiv

Award-winning Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed when the car he was driving was destroyed by a bomb in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Authorities described Sheremet's death on July 20 as a "skillfully" planned "murder."

Video Hundreds Mourn Kazakh Police Officers Killed By Gunman

A public funeral was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for two police officers who were killed in a shooting attack. A total of six people were killed in the July 18 attack, and several were wounded. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Stage Fake Riot Against Pretend Monitors

Residents in Ukraine's separatist-controlled eastern city of Luhansk staged a fake riot involving hundreds of locals. The exercise on July 19 was organized by a local pro-Russian activist group on the streets of the city.

Video Some Hostages Released; Armenian Police Pounce On Opposition Supporters

Police dragged away supporters of an opposition group in Yerevan, as a deadly siege of a police station in the Armenian capital stretched into a second day.

Video Drug Raids Launched In Pakistan's Khyber Tribal Region

Pakistani security forces made a number of arrests during raids searching for narcotics and illegal firearms in the Khyber tribal region. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Activists Target Belgrade Mayor In Waterfront Development Protest

Activists gave a rough reception to Belgrade's mayor and city council chairman who are overseeing a highly controversial waterfront property development project.


Video A New Face For Chisinau?

Moldovan architecture students have proposed bold new designs for the capital, Chisinau, with the goal of giving the city a recognizable landmark. Whether they have any chance of being built is an open question. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Russian Tourists Start Making Turkish Vacation Plans

Moscow's relations with Ankara took a dramatic downturn last year when Turkish forces shot down a Russian plane near the Syrian border in November. Russia imposed sanctions and cut off charter flights. But officials have now announced that Turkish vacation packages will be allowed once again.

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July 22, 2016

U.S. Congressmen Urge Turkmenistan To Release Nepeskuliev

Seven U.S. Congressmen have sent a letter to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, calling for the release of RFE/RL Turkmen Service contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev.
July 07, 2016

RFE/RL Calls For Turkmen Journalist’s Release

Marking one year since the detention of RFE/RL contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, RFE/RL joins a chorus of international organizations calling for his freedom.
June 10, 2016

RFE/RL Announces Thomas Kent as New President

Thomas Kent, a longtime Associated Press journalist, has been appointed the new President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), effective June 27.
June 03, 2016

RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives -- Now Online

RFE/RL welcomed the publication this week of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda.