Wednesday, October 01, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

EU Keeps Russian Sanctions In Place

The European Union has decided to keep in place sanctions against Russia over its actions in eastern Ukraine and its support of rebels there.
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Hahn: No EU Expansion For 5 Years

EU Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn has said there won't be any EU enlargement during his five-year mandate if he becomes the EU commissioner responsible for the portfolio.
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Crimea's Authorities Probe Kidnapping Of Two Tatars

The Crimean office of Russia's Investigative Committee says it has launched an investigation into the apparent kidnapping of two Crimean Tatars.
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Russian Lawmakers Boycott Russian-American Business Council

A Russian parliament committee plans to boycott a meeting of the Russian-American Business Council in the United States next month.
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Russian, Kazakh Leaders Meet In Atyrau To Discuss Ties

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Kazakhstan’s western city of Atyrau on September 30 to attend a cooperation forum between Russian and Kazakh bordering regions.
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Moscow Court Prolongs Detention For Ukrainian Director

A Moscow court has extended the pretrial detention of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who was arrested in Crimea and accused of plotting terrorist attacks.
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Belarusian KGB Nabs Sellers Of Paintings From 'Yanukovych's Residence'

The Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) has detained several suspects who attempted to sell paintings they say are by famous artists and were taken from the residence of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
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Belarusian Border Guards Detain Ethnic Polish Leaders

Two leaders of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), which is unrecognized by Belarusian authorities, have been detained by Belarusian border guards during a trip to Poland.
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Empty Pipeline Shows Difficulty Of Breaking Moldova's Gazprom Addiction

Last month, Moldova inaugurated a new natural-gas pipeline from Romania. But it isn't transporting any gas, and no one knows when the flow of the country's first-ever non-Russian gas might start.
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Dzhemilev's Son Transferred In Custody From Crimea To Krasnodar

Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev says that authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea have transferred his arrested son from the peninsula to Russia's Krasnodar region.
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