Wednesday, May 25, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Tatar Activist Missing In Crimea

Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov has gone missing, his colleagues says.
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Savchenko Returns To Ukraine In Russian Prisoner Swap

Russia has freed jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, who has arrived at Kyiv’s airport following a prisoner swap with two Russian prisoners held by Ukraine.
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'I Will Never Return To Donetsk' -- Conflict Reduces One Woman's Life To Rubble

Nadia Zaslavska lost everything she had in eastern Ukraine, including the "dream house" she built and decorated herself. She looks back at the war that devastated her life.
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Former Belarusian President Fined

Former Belarusian President Stanislau Shushkevich has been fined after being found guilty of taking part in an unsanctioned opposition meeting.
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Seven Ukrainian Soldiers Reported Killed In Eastern Conflict

Ukraine says seven of its servicemen have been killed and nine others wounded in the country’s east over the past 24 hours.
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France Confirms Giving Entry Visa To Blacklisted Russian Minister

France's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Paris granted an entry visa to Russia's Agriculture Minister Aleksandr Tkachev, despite his appearance on an EU sanctions blacklist imposed in response to Moscow's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula in 2014.
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Russia, Ukraine, European Leaders Discuss Ways To Settle Conflict

The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine spoke by telephone on May 24 about ways to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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IMF Scrutinizing Moldova's Banking System In Deciding On Loans

The International Monetary Fund will focus on Moldova's financial system in reviewing Chisinau's request for a loan after the disappearance of more than $1 billion from Moldovan banks.
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Russia, Putin Named In MH17 Compensation Claim

A law firm in Australia has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin on behalf of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in 2014.
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Russia Opens Bidding For Upgrade Of Black Sea Coastal Artillery

The Russian Defense Ministry has opened bids on a contract to repair and upgrade a Black Sea coastal artillery system that is adjacent to the Russia-occupied Crimea Peninsula.
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