Monday, August 29, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Rights Groups Say 13 Released From Secret Ukrainian Jail, Allege Torture

Thirteen civilians who were allegedly held incommunicado, interrogated, and tortured after being rounded up “abduction-style” have been released from a secret jail run by Ukraine’s domestic security service, two prominent human rights groups say.
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Germany, France, Poland Call For Efforts To End Ukraine Conflict

The foreign ministers of Germany, France, and Poland have agreed that there should be greater international efforts to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine.
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Police Suspect Suicide In Death Of Kyiv-Based Russian Journalist

Reports from Ukraine say Aleksandr Shchetinin, a Kyiv-based Russian journalist who founded the Novy Region news agency, has been found dead at his apartment.
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Video Moldovan Police Clash With Protesters On Independence Day

Moldovan police have fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a parade to mark the former Soviet republic's independence day.
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Death At Hands Of Police Sparks Public Anger, Reform Pledge In South Ukraine

Ukraine's interior minister has vowed there won't be any "whitewash" as authorities investigate the death this week of a 31-year-old man at the hands of a half-dozen policemen with the man's family looking on.
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Ukraine Library Head Still In House Arrest

A court in Moscow has prolonged the house arrest of Natalya Sharina, the director of the Ukrainian Literature Library, who is facing charges of extremism and embezzlement.
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Ukraine Leaders, Protesters Demand Release Of Crimean Tatar Activist

Ukrainian leaders, Human Rights Watch, and protesters in Kyiv called for the release of a Crimean Tatar activist who was forced into a psychiatric hospital in Russia-annexed Crimea.
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War Of Words Over Ukraine 'Combat' Photo

A controversy is escalating in Ukraine over a photo that seems to capture the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in a single frame. It could be one of the greatest war photographs ever taken – or a fake.
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Russia Holds Snap Military Exercises, Deepening Neighbors' Alarm

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced large-scale snap military exercises on land and in the Black and Caspian seas, increasing worries in Ukraine and other Western neighbors about Moscow's intentions.
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Dueling Indictments As Russia, Ukraine Target Each Other's Military Leaders

Russia and Ukraine traded salvos this week with dueling criminal investigations against each other's top military brass, a new front in the ongoing conflict between the two countries.
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