Thursday, December 18, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Video Migrants Take Hit From Ruble's Freefall

The crash of the ruble has meant lost income and opportunity for the millions of labor migrants who depend on Russia for their livelihoods.
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Belarus Activist Released

An activist of the unregistered opposition Young Front organization in Belarus, Eduard Lobau, was released on December 18 after four years in prison.
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Activist Vows Belarusians Will See Film On 'Disappeared' Lukashenka Critics

A Belarusian rights activists says her compatriots will be able to view her new documentary about critics of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka who disappeared 15 years ago.
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Putin To Hold News Conference

The economy and international affairs will be key topics at Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference on December 18.
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Poroshenko Sets 'Euro-Atlantic' Course

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on December 17 that he will soon ask parliament to abandon the country's neutral "nonbloc" status, and suggested he would steer the country closer to NATO.
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Belarus Law May Hit Online Media

Lawmakers in Belarus have passed legislation allowing the state to close any Internet news site that receives two warnings about content in a single year.
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Georgian Ex-Official Joins Ukraine Ministry

A former deputy interior minister of Georgia, Ekaterina Zguladze, has been appointed to a similar post in Ukraine.
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Kadyrov 'Wants To Fight' In Ukraine

The Kremlin-backed head of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, has sparked controversy by saying he is "ready to resign and fight" alongside pro-Russian separatists in their conflict with governent forces in eastern Ukraine.
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U.S. Says Russia Sanctions Vindicated As Ruble Tumbles

As Russia’s currency plunges, the Obama administration is delivering a message about the impact of Western sanctions: We told you so.
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