Wednesday, September 02, 2015


Ukrainian authorities believe that Ihor Humenyuk is the man who threw a grenade at a demonstration in Kyiv (circled in the right of the picture). The subsequent explosion killed three guardsmen and injured scores of others.

Video Grenade Thrower Described As 'Brave' Soldier

Authorities in Ukraine have arrested a 24-year-old nationalist volunteer soldier as the suspected grenade thrower in a deadly attack on security forces in Kyiv on August 31. Ihor Humenyuk warned in a YouTube video that Ukrainian people would only wait so long for reforms before it "will burst." More

Uzbek students will no longer have the option of systematically studying political behavior because the discipline "doesn't follow a scientific method," according to the country's Education MInistry. (file photo)

Uzbekistan Doesn't Believe In Political Science

Uzbekistan's Education Ministry has eliminated political science from university curriculums, saying it doesn't fit the domestic developmental model. More

The Kremlin's attitude toward the Internet has cooled since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in 2012. (file photo)

New Russian Internet Data Law Raises Questions About Privacy And Compliance

A new Russian law requiring companies to store users' personal data on Russian territory has sparked concerns about privacy and free speech. But will major companies comply, and can the law be enforced? More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits a serviceman who was wounded during the August 31 protest outside parliament. Three National Guardsmen were killed in the violence.

Explainer: What's Behind This Week's Deadly Violence In Kyiv?

RFE/RL explains the controversial legislation at the heart of the dispute and what to expect next. More

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur is seen in this undated handout photograph by the Taliban.

'Good Listener, Neat Dresser' -- Taliban Publishes Biography Of New Leader

The Taliban has published a 5,000-word biography of Mullah Akhtar Mansur, its recently named successor to spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. More


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