Wednesday, September 02, 2015


News and Features from Eastern Europe

EU To Extend Russian Sanctions

The European Union is set to maintain until March 15 sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian firms and individuals, as well as Ukrainian separatists, to maintain pressure on Moscow to carry out the Minsk cease-fire agreement, diplomats said.
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Moldovan Police Chief Briefly Detained At Moscow Airport

Authorities say Moldova's police chief was detained for three hours at an airport in Moscow before being released.
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U.S. Highlights Women Political Prisoners

The United States has launched a campaign to highlight cases of women who Washington says have been “unjustly imprisoned” by governments around the world.
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Explainer: What's Behind This Week's Deadly Violence In Kyiv?

RFE/RL explains the controversial legislation at the heart of the dispute and what to expect next.
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Kyiv Violence Steps Up Pressure To Reject Ultranationalists

A grenade attack against police and National Guardsmen outside Ukraine's parliament has renewed allegations that the government of President Petro Poroshenko has been too indulgent toward ultranationalists who are not afraid to use violence to promote their radical agendas.
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Ukraine's Radical Party Quits Gov't

The leader of Ukraine's Radical Party, Oleh Lyashko, has announced his party is quitting the coalition government.
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Russia Expels Ukrainian Diplomat

Russia's Foreign Ministry says Moscow has expelled a Ukrainian diplomat in retaliation for Kyiv's expulsion of a Russian diplomat.
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Video Death Toll At 3 In Kyiv Grenade Attack

Three members of Ukraine's National Guard have died from injuries sustained after a hand grenade exploded outside parliament amid protests over a bill that could give more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists.
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Prosecutors Seek Three Years In Jail For Russians In Pro-Ukraine Stunt

Prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to sentence five Russians to three years in jail each over a stunt in which a Soviet star atop a Stalin-era skyscraper was painted in the yellow-and-blue colors of the Ukrainian flag.
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Asia, Ex-Soviet Union Leaders To Make Show Of Support At Chinese WWII Event

Chinese authorities are planning lavish celebrations marking the anniversary of the end of World War II on September 3, an event largely being shunned by Western leaders but drawing a host of leaders from Asia and the former Soviet Union.
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