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Olympic Weightlifting Medalists Fail Doping Retests From 2008

Eleven Olympic weightlifting medalists will be stripped of their medals after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. More

Five-year-old Joaquim Villano of Rio de Janeiro celebrates on the shoulders of his uncle after Brazil defeated Germany in the men's soccer gold-medal match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Brazil Wins First Men’s Soccer Olympic Gold

Host Brazil beat Germany on penalties in Rio to win their first men's Olympic soccer gold medal and send the soccer-mad nation into ecstasy. More

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina said she had proven she's a clean athlete many times after the decision by track and field's governing body on August 13. 

Russia's Olympic Gold Overshadowed By Suspension

Russia has won more gold at the Rio Olympics, but had its sole track-and-field athlete suspended from the games. More

Ukraine Javelin Thrower's Medal Stripped

The International Olympic Committee stripped Ukrainian javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya of his silver medal from the 2012 Olympics after a retest showed he tested positive for drugs. More

Belarus Detains, Plans To Extradite Turkmen-Born Former Journalist

The Border Guard Committee of Belarus said on August 5 that it has detained a Turkmenistan-born Swedish man and is preparing to extradite the former journalist back to Turkmenistan. More

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Features & Commentary

Return Of Belarusian Kopeks Brings Currency Risk

The return of coin currency in Belarus has led to a spike in choking cases among young children.

Video Failed 1991 Coup Changed U.S. Diplomacy Toward U.S.S.R.

A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington's perspective during those heady events.

Belarusian Nuclear Mishap Shows Soviet-Like Secrecy Still Rules

An accident at a nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus and the failure of authorities there to admit to it right away is sparking concerns, not only about safety at the site, but fears Minsk is behaving much like its Soviet predecessors.

Desperate Chechen Refugees Crowd Belarus Border Town With Dream Of Reaching EU

In the midst of a frightening crackdown in Russia’s Chechnya, hundreds of Chechens have cut their ties with the republic and headed to the Belarus border town of Brest -- in the slim hopes of getting refugee status in Poland.

Small Change: After Two Decades, Belarus Brings Back Its Coins

Belarus hopes its currency makeover will help curb inflation, but Minsk's record invites doubt as to whether it's anything more than cosmetic.
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