Friday, July 29, 2016


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Google Maps Reverts To Soviet-Era Place Names In Crimea 

U.S. tech giant Google has reinstated existing Soviet-era place names on online maps of Russia-annexed Crimea after it angered Moscow by changing them to correspond with names that Ukraine hopes to adopt in future under its "decommunization" law.
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U.S. Diplomats Accuse Russia Of Undermining Ukraine Peace Plan

Two top U.S. diplomats working to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine have accused Russia of continuing to supply separatist fighters with fuel and weapons and creating a "deteriorating security situation" in the region that is as bad as it was a year ago.
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Further Delay In IMF's Ukraine Bailout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that it has not yet decided to resume a bailout of Ukraine, which was halted over corruption concerns last year.
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Ukraine Downplays Trump Crimea Stand

Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations has downplayed a comment by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he would consider recognizing Russia's widely condemned annexation of Crimea.
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Trump: Call For Russia To Hack Clinton's E-Mail 'Sarcastic'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backed down from his suggestion that Russia should hack the e-mail of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, saying on July 28 he was "being sarcastic."
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Putin Reshuffles Regional Leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin has abruptly reshuffled several regional leaders and dismissed the ambassador to Ukraine in a substantial shake-up that also included the removal of the country's longtime customs chief.
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Video Obama Hails Clinton As 'Clear' Choice For White House

U.S. President Barack Obama has praised Hillary Clinton as an exceptionally qualified candidate for the presidency, saying the “choice isn’t even close” in her race for the White House against Republican nominee Donald Trump.
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Ex-Soviet State Weightlifters Suspended

Three Russian Olympic medalists are among 11 weightlifters, mostly from ex-Soviet states, who tested positive for banned drugs in retests of samples from the 2012 London Games.
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Video Controversial Orthodox Church Procession Enters Kyiv

Thousands of Orthodox believers who participated in a controversial religious procession organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate gathered in Kyiv to mark the 1,028th anniversary of Kievan Rus’s acceptance of Christianity.
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IMF To Provide Moldova $179 Million In Loans Linked To Economic Reform

The International Monetary Fund agreed on July 26 to provide Moldova with $179 million in loans over three years if the government carries out economic reforms.
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