Monday, April 20, 2015


WATCH: Sangahmad Mahmadaliev, a resident of Baljuvon district, in southern Tajikistan, was originally named Janda -- which means Raggedy Clothes. He was glad when his name changed, and ponders the impact it has had on his life. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Tajiks Weigh Ban On 'Bad Names'

In the latest round of Tajikistan's effort to influence what its citizens name their children, authorities are set to ban names they deem insulting, demeaning, or foreign to Tajik culture. More

Oles Buzyna was killed on April 16

Video Kyiv Alleges Journalist's Slaying Ordered

Officials in Kyiv have suggested the April 16 killing of Ukrainian pro-Russian journalist Oles Buzyna was not a random slaying but a carefully timed hit. More

TV screens showing Russian President Vladimir Putin during an annual nationwide Q&A on April 16.

Good Tsar, Bad Tsar: Complaining To Putin Doesn't Always Work

Two Russian pensioners have complained separately to President Vladimir Putin about material hardship. The answers they received were poles apart. More

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The Future Of The Past: Ukraine Pushes De-Communization, Amid Russian Protests

Ukraine has adopted a raft of de-communization laws aimed at asserting control over the country's understanding of its 20th-century past. Moscow, however, sees the move as an impermissible assault on Russia's own self-image. More

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  looks on during the announcement of a framework nuclear agreement in Lausanne on April 2.

Rogue Iranian Lawmakers Issue Nuclear Deal 'Fact Sheet'

A group of rogue lawmakers in Iran has issued their own "recommended fact sheet" on the framework nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers. More


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