Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Crimean Tatar activist Nadir Bekirov claims his passport was forcibly taken from him by masked men while he was on his way to catch a flight to a UN conference. (file photo)

Delegates To UN Conference Claim Harassment By Kremlin

Members of ethnic minority groups from Russia have accused the Kremlin of preventing them from attending a United Nations conference in New York this week. More

PHOTO GALLERY: Hamid Karzai -- A President In Pictures

Remembering Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves behind a mixed legacy as he steps down after nearly 13 years in power. More

Some analysts fear that billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili (right) may have something to do with tensions between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili (left) and the country's President Giorgi Margvelashvili (center -- file photo)

Spat Over Who Speaks To UN Hints Of Looming Political Crisis In Georgia

Recent disagreements between Georgia's president and its government have locals and analysts worried about the fragile state of the country's democratic institutions -- and the possible behind-the-scenes role of former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishivili. More

Many questions remain over how the power-sharing deal between President-elect Ashraf Ghani (left) and Abdullah Abdullah will function in practice.

News Analysis: Afghan Deal Leaves Room For National Disunity

A power-sharing deal has been signed and a new president-elect has been named in Afghanistan. But numerous questions remain over how the planned national unity government will function in practice. More

Million's offbeat humor, laced with sexual innuendo, has apparently prompted the authorities to usher its act off the big stage.

Video Comedy Troupe Too Risque For Uzbek Stage

Million is one of the top comedy acts in Uzbekistan, with sold-out performances and thousands of adoring fans. But the authorities have banned the troupe after it failed to clean up its act. More


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Russia’s ‘CIS’ Grocery Off To Flying Start Amid Sanctions

In Moscow, a new “CIS” grocery store selling goods from Russia and former Soviet republics is thriving amid food sanctions and a patriotic fervor sweeping the country.
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Russian Government Feels Squeeze Of Tighter Sanctions

There are ever more signs Western sanctions are squeezing the Russian government: from the falling ruble to a widening search for cash to prop up state companies.
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Interview: Russian Billionaire's Arrest A 'Gangster Story'

Self-exiled Russian businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin says the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia's richest people, has more to do with asset grabbing than politics.
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'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change.
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Photogallery Interview: Karimova House-Arrest Pics Show 'What Happens Every Day'

Locksley Ryan, Gulnara Karimova's London-based spokesman, discusses his recent release of photographs showing the Uzbek president's daughter under house arrest.
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Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Just days after reporting about Azerbaijan's efforts to influence Western think tanks to advance Baku's interests in the United States, "The New York Times" itself published an opinion piece by an Israeli professor who did not disclose her affiliation with Azerbaijan's state oil company.
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He's A 'Yes,' She's A 'No' -- Couple On Opposite Sides Of Scotland's Referendum

Many families are split on whether Scotland should say "yes" to independence or whether it's "better together" as part of the United Kingdom. Ahead of the September 18 referendum, RFE/RL correspondent Kathleen Moore spoke to one couple in Aberdeen agreeing to disagree.
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Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.
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Pro-Independence Scots Have A Friend -- In Abkhazia

On September 18, Scottish voters go to the polls to vote in a historic referendum on whether to break their three-century-old ties with the United Kingdom. In Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, which claims its own form of independence, support for Scottish statehood is strong.
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Ukraine's Cryptic, Clever (And Always Insulting) Lexicon Of War

As the conflict simmers in eastern Ukraine, supporters from both camps fight on in a war of words. The result is a torrent of new slurs -- often cryptic, at times inventive, always insulting. Here are some of the most common terms.
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