Wednesday, October 22, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

The Slow, Dangerous Work Of Recovering Ukraine's War Dead

A single volunteer organization has taken on the challenge of retrieving the bodies of slain fighters from the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. We look at the grim work of the Black Tulip organization.
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Kerry To Meet Merkel In Berlin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on October 22, in a visit to mark next month's 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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Progress Reported In Brussels Gas Talks

European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has announced substantial progress was reached in October 21 talks between representatives of Ukraine and Russia on gas supplies, but a final deal has yet to be agreed.
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Sakharov Prize Winner To Be Announced

The European Parliament is due to announce the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on October 21.
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HRW Says Kyiv Used Cluster Bombs

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Ukrainian government forces of using cluster munitions in populated areas in the eastern city of Donetsk earlier this month.
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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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