Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The OSCE says it has no record of having any link with Einars Graudins (second from left).

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. More

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova (left) outside the Prosecutor General's Office in Baku in February with her lawyer Elton Guliyev. Ismayilova fears she will soon be detained as part of a crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani Journalist Fears Arrest As Part Of Continuing Crackdown

Leading Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been told she faces arrest when she returns to her country. Ismayilova has spoken out about the months-long crackdown on independent journalists and human rights activists in the oil-rich country. More

Russian students participating in the FLEX program have shared their experiences with new friends in the U.S., like at this Russian Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 2013.

Russians Voice Ire As Moscow Halts U.S. Student Exchange

Russians who participated in a respected U.S.-funded student exchange have reacted with outrage and disappointment at Russia's decision to cancel its participation in the program amid battered bilateral ties. More

(Clockwise from top-left): Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpou,  Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Asghar Farhadi, Abbas Kiarostami, Majid Majidi, and Reza Mirkarimi -- six prominent Iranian film directors who have launched a campaign calling for a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Six Iranian Filmmakers Launch Campaign Urging Deal Over Nuclear Crisis

A group of six internationally-known Iranian filmmakers have started an Internet campaign urging Tehran and world powers to reach a deal to end the crisis over Tehran's nuclear program. More

While the chief executive of the Afghan government Abdullah Abdullah (fourth from left) and President Ashraf Ghani (fourth from right) look on, Afghan National security adviser Hanif Atmar (at table,right) and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham sign a bilateral security agreement in Kabul on September 30.

Explainer: Key Points In U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement

The new U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement sets forth the conditions under which some American soldiers will remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year. Here are five things to know about its contents. More

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Reputed Russian Mobster Boasts Of Putin Wristwatch Honor

An alleged leader of one of Russia's most notorious crime groups claims Russian President Vladimir Putin honored him with a prestigious timepiece, while the Kremlin denies the assertion.

Anar Mammadli, A Tireless Rights Advocate

Jailed Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli, the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, has tirelessly denounced the deepening crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan.

Empty Pipeline Shows Difficulty Of Breaking Moldova's Gazprom Addiction

Last month, Moldova inaugurated a new natural-gas pipeline from Romania. But it isn't transporting any gas, and no one knows when the flow of the country's first-ever non-Russian gas might start.

The Eminently Quotable Karzai

A collection of notable quotes made over the years by outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

At Russian Business Daily 'Vedomosti,' Gloom Over New Media Legislation

The Russian State Duma has approved legislation restricting foreign ownership of media outlets. RFE/RL visited the newsroom of the Western-owned daily newspaper "Vedomosti" to gauge journalists' reactions.

Video Georgian Defends Locals' Motives For Joining Syria Fight

A resident of Georgia's restive Pankisi Gorge has told RFE/RL's Georgian Service that he knows one of his countrymen accused this week by the United States of aiding extremist groups like Islamic State (IS) in Syria and defended natives of his poverty-stricken area who go there "to help the poor Syrian people."

Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan Claiming Allegiance To IS

Is the Islamic State extremist group expanding to Afghanistan and Pakistan? The possibility is growing as some militants in the region are pledging allegiance to the organization's leadership.

Russian Action Film Vows 'The Truth' About Ukraine War

A new Russian film is pledging to tell "The Truth" about the war between federal forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine, a project Ukrainian media has already dismissed as "propaganda."

UN Agrees On Foreign Extremist Fighters

The 15-member UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a binding resolution aimed at stemming the flow of foreign Islamist militants to Iraq and Syria.

Explainer: What Is The Khorasan Group?

A look at the Khorasan Group, a little-known Al-Qaeda affiliate being targeted in Syria by U.S.-led air strikes.
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