Thursday, October 02, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Europe's Human Rights Chief Concerned For Crimean Tatars

The Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, Nils Muiznieks, says his "biggest concern" in Ukraine is the plight of Crimean Tatars who have remained in Crimea since it was annexed by Russia in March.
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Murders and Gang Rapes: Moscow Spins OSCE Probe Into Ukraine 'Mass Graves'

Russian media are quoting an "OSCE expert" as claiming hundreds of bodies have been exhumed from mass graves in eastern Ukraine and are accusing Ukrainian troops of brutalizing the local population. The "expert," however, has never worked for the OSCE.
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Crimea Leadership Announces Day Off For Eid al-Adha

The Russian authories are making the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha an official day off in Crimea for the first time.
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Russian, Kazakh Lawmakers OK Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans for a Eurasian Economic Union are coming closer to reality.
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Russia To Draft Chechens Again

Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time in 20 years, beginning within months.
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NATO: Russia Can Destabilize Ukraine

New NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the cease-fire in Ukraine "offers an opportunity" but says Russia still has the power to destabilize the country.
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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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