Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sergei Aleksashenko says the Kremlin’s talk of “a pivot to Asia” to fuel Russian growth is not supported by market realities.

'Damn Lies, Deep Crisis' In Russian Economy, Says Former Central Banker

Sergei Aleksashenko, a former Russian central banker, says authorities there are not coming clean with the public about the country’s dire economic situation. More

A man selling pastries walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on February 10.

The Costs That Come With Russia's Gains In Syria

Russia's bombing campaign has redrawn the Syrian battlefield and strengthened the hand of Damascus for peace talks. But those gains come at a high cost. More

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to reporters in Brussels about the alliance's plans to bolster its eastern flank.

Russian Media See NATO 'Beachhead' Near Russia’s Borders

News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war. More

Iranian students reenact the arrest of U.S. sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Gaurds Corps during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on February 11.

Capture Of U.S. Sailors Reenacted At Celebrations Of Iran’s 1979 Revolution

The capture of 10 U.S. sailors by Iranian forces last month was reenacted at rallies in Iran celebrating the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) and Christine Lagarde (right) were all smiles at this meeting in September but the IMF head has since had some very harsh words for the Kyiv administration.

IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko

The head of the International Monetary Fund's blunt criticism of Ukraine marks a new low point for a beleaguered administration in Kyiv's efforts to battle corruption. More

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News Analysis: Putin Pulls Levers As Russian Patriarch, PM Head Abroad

Two of Vladimir Putin's top allies head abroad this week on high-profile missions, but Putin is hanging back at home. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds a historic meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev addresses a security conference in Munich amid strong Western concerns over Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria.

Abkhazia Outlaws Abortions

Abkhazia has outlawed abortion in an apparent effort to boost the population of the breakaway Georgian republic.

Video 'Illegal' Buildings Bulldozed In Moscow

Moscow authorities' decision to demolish scores of kiosk-like structures under the cover of night has outraged many in the Russian capital.

Video Singer Hopes To Take Crimean Tatar Tragedy To Eurovision

It is becoming increasingly likely that Ukraine's submission to this year's Eurovision song contest will be 1944, a song by singer Jamala that evokes the horrific deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

EU Debate Initiative Sparks Fears Of Concessions To Russia

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini initiated an internal debate last month with a group of fellow European commissioners on how to improve cooperation with Russia, causing concern among EU members that want to keep up the pressure on Moscow over its interference in Ukraine, sources have told RFE/RL.

Cybersleuths: Wristwatch Given To Wounded Soldier 'Proves' Russian Role In Ukraine War

An open-source investigation group called the Conflict Intelligence Team alleges that a commemorative wristwatch secretly given by the Russian state to one of its soldiers shows that Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine was authorized at the highest level.

Video Uzbek President Calls Homosexuality 'Vulgar' Western Habit

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has lashed out at homosexuality, calling it a "vulgar" manifestation of Western culture, in a new attack against gays in the former Soviet Union.

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power

Ukraine is pushing ahead with plans to modernize its aging, Soviet-designed nuclear power plants as part of a grander vision to merge with EU energy markets and further cut ties with Russia.

Hospital Closure Spells Panic For Siberian Mothers-To-Be

Authorities close down a Siberian district's only maternity ward due to budget cuts, leaving mothers-to-be stranded and at risk.

Is Collecting Garbage A Crime In Iran?

Left with few options to legally highlight state repression in Iran, Mohammad Maleki and Mohammad Nurizad settled on a seemingly innocuous form of public protest -- collecting garbage from the streets of Tehran. That's not a crime. Or is it?
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