Saturday, September 20, 2014


Million's offbeat humor, laced with sexual innuendo, has apparently prompted the authorities to usher its act off the big stage.

Video Comedy Troupe Too Risque For Uzbek Stage

Million is one of the top comedy acts in Uzbekistan, with sold-out performances and thousands of adoring fans. But the authorities have banned the troupe after it failed to clean up its act. More

Dmitry Puchkin and his uncle are running the CIS Market store.

Russia’s ‘CIS’ Grocery Off To Flying Start Amid Sanctions

In Moscow, a new “CIS” grocery store selling goods from Russia and former Soviet republics is thriving amid food sanctions and a patriotic fervor sweeping the country. More

The ruble has recently plunged to a record low.

Russian Government Feels Squeeze Of Tighter Sanctions

There are ever more signs Western sanctions are squeezing the Russian government: from the falling ruble to a widening search for cash to prop up state companies. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with Sistema boss Vladimir Yevtushenkov. "It was just his turn," a self-exiled Russian businessman says.

Interview: Russian Billionaire's Arrest A 'Gangster Story'

Self-exiled Russian businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin says the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia's richest people, has more to do with asset grabbing than politics. More

Ar-Namys party leader Feliks Kulov suggested "Kyrgyz El Republic," which would make use of the Turkic-origin "el" that means "nation" in Kyrgyz.

'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change. More


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Photogallery Interview: Karimova House-Arrest Pics Show 'What Happens Every Day'

Locksley Ryan, Gulnara Karimova's London-based spokesman, discusses his recent release of photographs showing the Uzbek president's daughter under house arrest.
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Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Just days after reporting about Azerbaijan's efforts to influence Western think tanks to advance Baku's interests in the United States, "The New York Times" itself published an opinion piece by an Israeli professor who did not disclose her affiliation with Azerbaijan's state oil company.
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He's A 'Yes,' She's A 'No' -- Couple On Opposite Sides Of Scotland's Referendum

Many families are split on whether Scotland should say "yes" to independence or whether it's "better together" as part of the United Kingdom. Ahead of the September 18 referendum, RFE/RL correspondent Kathleen Moore spoke to one couple in Aberdeen agreeing to disagree.
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Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.
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Pro-Independence Scots Have A Friend -- In Abkhazia

On September 18, Scottish voters go to the polls to vote in a historic referendum on whether to break their three-century-old ties with the United Kingdom. In Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, which claims its own form of independence, support for Scottish statehood is strong.
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Ukraine's Cryptic, Clever (And Always Insulting) Lexicon Of War

As the conflict simmers in eastern Ukraine, supporters from both camps fight on in a war of words. The result is a torrent of new slurs -- often cryptic, at times inventive, always insulting. Here are some of the most common terms.
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Video Scotland Mulls Split From United Kingdom In Knife-Edge Vote

Voters in Scotland are poised to decide whether to bring to an end a more than 300-year-old political union and leave the United Kingdom in a September 18 independence referendum vote that looks likely to go down to the wire.
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Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region's damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be "desolation."
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Video Meet Some Of The Poles Who Will Help Decide Scotland's Future

Whether Scotland becomes independent or not will rest in part on the votes of some 160,000 nationals from other European Union countries who are resident there. That includes tens of thousands of Poles -- some of whom have been actively campaigning for a "yes."
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Nine Things To Know About This Week's Scottish Referendum

On September 18, voters in Scotland will decide whether to stay in the United Kingdom or split off as an independent country. Here are nine things to know.
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