Tuesday, October 21, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Sikorski: Putin Offered To Divide Ukraine

Polish parliamentary speaker Radoslaw Sikorski says that in 2008 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then-prime minister that they divide Ukraine between themselves.
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Kremlin 'Cheerleaders' To Sing At London's Royal Albert Hall, Raising Hackles

Two Kremlin-friendly Russian singers will perform this week at London's top concert hall, despite calls on Britain to bar them from entering the country. Iosif Kobzon and Valeria have actively backed Russia's actions in Ukraine.
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Russian Activist Bogatenkova Released From Custody

Seventy-three-year-old Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Bogatenkova has been released from detention after two nights in jail in southern Russia, according to her lawyer.
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After Detention And Torture, Donetsk Artist's Work Turns Grim

The Donetsk street artist best known for his satirical depiction of a suicidal separatist commander is now working on a more serious comic book based on his time as a captive of pro-Russian separatists.
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Pamfilova Slams EU Over Ukraine Silence

Russia's human rights ombudswoman has accused the European Union of "ignoring human suffering" in eastern Ukraine, in an interview published in the state-run bulletin "Rossiiskaya gazeta."
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Russia Defiant Despite Swedish Sub Report, German MH17 Conclusion

Russia appears to have suffered setbacks over Ukraine and over Moscow's muscle-flexing in the Baltic Sea, with German intelligence reportedly convinced pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine downed a Malaysian airliner in July and Sweden scouring its coastal waters for what could be a crippled Russian submarine.
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Ukraine 'Will Have Gas This Winter'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the country will have natural gas from Russia this winter.
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Russian 'Soldiers' Mothers' Activist Detained

Russian authorities have detained the local head of a group that has publicly alleged direct Russian troop involvement in neighboring Ukraine, in a move that the Soldiers' Mothers network called an "act of intimidation" over Lyudmila Bogatenkova's work.
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Ukrainian Conflict Death Toll Surpasses 3,700

The United Nations says the death toll from the armed conflict between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has reached 3,707.
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