Thursday, March 05, 2015


Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters reload a weapon during clashes with Islamic State as part of an offensive to reclaim the city of Tikrit from IS militants on March 2.

Iran's Role In Iraq's Fight Against IS

As the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants intensifies, Iran's military role has become increasingly evident. More

Afghan refugee women sit with their babies as they wait with others to be repatriated to Afghanistan at the UNHCR office on the outskirts of Peshawar in February.

Flocking Home Amid Claims Of Intimidation, Harassment

Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan in recent months, but it is far from a storybook ending. Many say they were harassed and intimidated into leaving and say conditions are not right for their return to Afghanistan. More

IRPT leader Muhiddin Kabiri has vowed to turn the "shock of the election defeat into an opportunity to start changes, reforms, and renovations."

Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party On Life Support

A resounding election defeat in Tajikistan's parliamentary elections has Central Asia's only Islamic party on the ropes. More

Garry Kasparov (right) says that while he and Boris Nemtsov didn't always have the smoothest of friendships, his respect for Nemtsov is absolute.

Kasparov Discusses Nemtsov Slaying In RFE/RL Interview

Former chess champion and Russian pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov talks to RFE/RL about his friendship with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov -- and what his killing means for President Vladimir Putin and the country's embattled opposition. More

Andrei Soldatov says carrying out the killing in the location where it was committed -- on Moskvoretsky Bridge near St. Basil Cathedral in central Moscow --  demonstrated a high degree of coordination.

Russian Security Expert: Time, Place Of Nemtsov's Killing Had 'Symbolic Significance'

The investigation into the February 27 killing in Moscow of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov is under way, being overseen at the highest levels of Russian law enforcement. Yet security analyst Andrei Soldatov feels confident the killers will never be brought to justice. More


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Russia's Milestones Are Gravestones

Boris Nemtsov is the latest in a long list of killings and suspicious deaths that have defined Vladimir Putin's Russia.
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Once dubbed the “golden boy” of Russian politics in the media, Boris Nemtsov was later named first deputy prime minister by Yeltsin, a move that many interpreted as the Russian leader’s bid to groom his heir to the Kremlin. Instead, he eventually led an array of liberal-minded opposition movements and parties alleging wrongdoing under Vladimir Putin.
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Boris Nemtsov: 'We Must Free Russia From Putin'

Slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was looking ahead to a planned March 1 opposition rally, though in an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service earlier this month, he portrayed the demonstration as just a first step in a long struggle.
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EU Lawmaker Tells Of Shelling And 'Chaotic Retreat' After Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire

A Belgian lawmaker observed pro-Russian rebels' offensive on the town of Debaltseve and Kyiv's "chaotic" retreat during his visit to eastern Ukraine last week.
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U.S. Grad Students Find 'Suspicious' Russian Stock Trading Before Crimea Takeover

A pair of U.S.-based doctoral students have uncovered “suspicious” trading on Russian stock markets ahead of the Kremlin’s push to annex Crimea, suggesting some insiders knew something was afoot.
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Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland.
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Russian School's Military Presentation Sparks Outrage

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Is The Party Over For Russia's Expats?

The uptick in expatriates leaving Russia is the latest sign of a deepening isolation from the West.
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Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

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