Friday, April 18, 2014


Valery Saifudinov, a pioneer of Soviet rock music, sings at his last concert before emigrating to the United States. Riga, 1974.

Spies, Spooks, And Rock 'n' Roll At Twilight Of The Cold War

Was rock 'n' roll a secret weapon in the Cold War? A new documentary explores the impact of rock music on Soviet society. More

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Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin A Question

What do you get when the most famous former NSA employee asks the most famous former KGB member for information on how his spying program works? A Russian propaganda victory, according to some. More

At a railway crossing near Kramatorsk, local residents block a convoy of Ukrainian military equipment.

Kramatorsk Dispatch: Humiliating Capitulation Dampens Troops' Morale

The Ukrainian army is licking its wounds after a much-touted "anti-terrorist" operation to regain control of the country's east ended with pro-Russian separatists in Kramatorsk seizing six armored personnel carriers. More

How much of the chaos in eastern Ukraine is simply created by oligarchs and corrupt law enforcement to keep Kyiv from disrupting their lucrative control over the region?

Interview: 'We May Already Be Past The Point Of No Return'

Ivan Lozowy, a Kyiv-based political analyst, traveled to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk this week. He talks to RFE/RL about Kyiv's failure to confront the separatist crisis and the role of the Donbas oligarchs in stirring up the unrest. More

One of the notices in Kyiv instructing residents how to react in the event of a military emergency.

Nervous Kyiv Authorities Post Civil Defense Notices -- And Then Take Them Down

Alarming notices appeared across Kyiv this week advising residents on what to do in case war breaks out -- including responding to sirens and using bomb shelters. But almost as soon as they’d appeared, the bulletins were taken down. More


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Multimedia Horlivka Dispatch: Uneasy Calm Following Takeover

Horlivka, a sleepy industrial town in eastern Ukraine, is one of the latest cities to be gripped by separatist unrest in the country's Russian-leaning east.
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Interview: 'We Were Tackling The Symptoms Of The Disease'

In her new book, "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014," "New York Times" journalist Carlotta Gall lays bare the extent of Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan, accusing Islamabad of cynically driving the violence there and writing that "Pakistan, not Afghanistan, has been the true enemy."
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German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany's largest-circulation tabloid wants two Soviet tanks removed from a Berlin war memorial in protest of what it calls Russia's "hegemonic military policies" in Ukraine.
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In Eastern Ukraine, The Hunt For A Smoking Gun -- And A Real Russian Holding It

As separatist takeovers heat up in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv is struggling to prove it's Moscow stirring the pot.
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Fear, Anger In Kyiv Over Inaction In Eastern Ukraine

It's no secret many on the Maidan are underwhelmed by Kyiv's new authorities -- and dismayed by the slow response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. And this week, they took to the streets to vent their anger.
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U.S. Takes Off The Gloves In Rhetorical Rumble With Russia

Its "reset" policy with Moscow effectively buried, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has ramped up the rhetoric as it battles with the Kremlin for control of the narrative in the Ukraine crisis.
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Interview: Afghanistan's Abdullah Vows To Make 'Meritocratic Appointments'

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his fiercest rivals, from government if he wins Afghanistan's presidential election. He spoke to RFE/RL about contesting the possible second round and his plans should he win.
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Video Ukraine's Flashpoint Cities

Tensions are running high in eastern Ukraine as a deadline set by Kyiv for pro-Russian gunmen to vacate government buildings passed early on April 14. Here's a look at the situation on the ground in flashpoint cities.
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Russian TV Weatherman Blends Weather With Politics

A prominent weatherman for a major Russian television channel has added some spice to his forecasts with allusions to the crisis in Ukraine.
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Interview: Ex-President Kuchma Says Only West Can Resolve Ukraine Crisis

Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma believes that Western mediation is the only way out of Ukraine's current crisis. In an exclusive interview, Kuchma discusses Crimea's annexation, the chaos in eastern Ukraine, and discord between Kyiv and Moscow.
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