Saturday, August 02, 2014


Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, dressed as a Russian paratrooper, speaks in Moscow before sending humanitarian aid from his party to pro-Russian separatists in Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine in June.

Supplying The Front Lines In Eastern Ukraine

RFE/RL takes a look at some of the groups supplying equipment, weapons, and volunteer fighters to both sides of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. More

Bogus!

Sham Twitter Feed Of U.S. 'Ambassador' To Russia Blocked

Somebody has set up a fake Twitter account for John Tefft, U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. More

Dr. Kent Brantly wears protective gear at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, in this undated handout photograph.

Ebola: Deadly But Unlikely To Spread Globally

Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa but virologists say it is unlikely to spread rapidly across the globe as many other epidemics have. More

Leyla Yunus in an undated photo from a protest.

Azerbaijan Gets Tough In Bid To Silence Its Loudest Critic

Authorities in Baku have charged prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus with treason and other charges stemming from her work to ease tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh. International advocates are concerned about the health of the 58-year-old diabetic as she awaits trial in a Baku jail. More

Empty shelves in Russian supermarkets could become the norm if Moscow decides to retaliate against Western sanctions by banning commodities such as fruit and vegetables from the EU.

New Sanctions May Severely Hurt Russian Economy

The combined U.S. and EU sanctions over Ukraine will put severe strains on Russia's economy, with effects that could last for years. We look at how and where they will hurt most. More


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Ten Weeks In The Hands Of Ukrainian Separatists

Ukrainian theater director Pavel Yurov and Denis Grishchuk, a Kyiv-based artist, were freed earlier this month after being held for 70 days by pro-Russian separatists. They shared their story with RFE/RL.
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Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble

The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.
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Few Want To Take Responsibility As Civilian Casualties Add Up In Ukraine War

As Kyiv closes in on separatist positions in eastern Ukraine, questions linger over civilian casualties.
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New Sanctions Due Against Russia

The leaders of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy have agreed by telephone that they would impose new sanctions on Russia for its role in the crisis in Ukraine.
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Interview: Expert Says Yukos Ruling Could Take Years To Enforce

In what has been the largest such ruling of its kind, an international arbitration court in The Hague has ruled against Russia and awarded former majority shareholders of the Yukos oil company $50 billion for Moscow's seizure and sale of the corporation's assets. But Loukas Mistelis, the director of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, told RFE/RL's Glenn Kates that it could be more than a decade before investors recover these assets.
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Photogallery World War I Anniversary: Five Historians, Two Questions

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, historians are still wondering how it started. Meanwhile many of the rest of us wonder if the global situation today is as perilous as it was on the eve of that cataclysm.
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Absent International Investigators, Western Journalists Build Case That Separatists Shot Down MH17

With Moscow criticizing U.S. intelligence assessments and international investigators largely unable to reach the disaster site, Western journalists have so far provided the closest thing to an investigation of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.
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In Ukraine Crisis, War Of Words Hits Wikipedia

A new Twitter trend shows how Russian, U.S., and Ukrainian government computers are being used to edit Wikipedia entries in an online tussle over the facts in the Ukraine standoff.
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Afghan Election Audit Marred By Disagreements, Delays

Just over a week into the audit of all the votes cast in Afghanistan's presidential election, the review has been marred by delays and disagreements.
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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Rewriting The Ukraine Crisis

Getting the story straight on Ukraine is already hard. But the task is made even more difficult by information posted on the Internet that is subsequently "disappeared."
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