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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev speaks to Khabar television.

Nazarbaev: Astana Could Quit EES

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said his country could quit an economic alliance with Russia and Belarus if membership ever threatens its independence. More

WATCH: Poroshenko, Putin Discuss Peace Proposals For Ukraine

Video Poroshenko, Putin Shake Hands In Minsk

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will work on an urgent cease-fire plan aimed at defusing the separatist conflict in the country's east following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. More

Belarusia activist Paval Vinahradau

Belarus Activist Gets 10 Days In Jail

A well-known opposition activist in Belarus has been sentenced to 10 days in jail. More

First Belarus Iraq Visit Since Saddam

The Belarusian foreign minister has visited Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein's ouster in 2003. More

Belarusian Rights Activist Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

A Belarusian court on August 12 convicted human rights defender Andrey Bandarenka on charges of hooliganism and assault and sentenced him to three years in prison. More

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Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Interview: Economist Says Food Ban 'Certainly Against Russian Economic Interests'

Sergei Guriyev, former dean of the prestigious New Economics School in Moscow who left Russia in 2013 amid a crackdown on critics of the Kremlin, discusses Russia's ban on Western food imports and the dangers protectionist policies pose for the country's economic growth.

Photogallery World War I Anniversary: Five Historians, Two Questions

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, historians are still wondering how it started. Meanwhile many of the rest of us wonder if the global situation today is as perilous as it was on the eve of that cataclysm.

Lukashenka Unplugged: Two Decades Of Memorable Quotes

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka certainly has a way with words. RFE/RL takes a look at some of Lukashenka’s more memorable -- and often inappropriate -- public statements over the past two decades since he came to power in July 1994.
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