Monday, August 03, 2015


The Power Players Of Russia And Ukraine And Their Penchant For Fancy Watches

At an estimated $620,000, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov may have the most expensive watch. But among the Russian and Ukrainian political elite, he’s certainly not the only one who enjoys wearing his wealth on his wrist. More

Crimea: 'Cheap, Beautiful, And Ours'

Russian tourists are being enticed to vacation in Crimea by ads that portray the annexed peninsula as the ultimate holiday destination. The truth is a little more unsettling. More

Ilya Frank: "I just do not want to live in an insane, artificially cooked-up atmosphere where 90 percent of the population is infected" with a "virus of self-aggrandizement and hatred for others."

Prominent Linguist To Leave Russia

Russian-language linguist Ilya Frank intends to join the growing number of disillusioned Jews leaving Vladimir Putin's Russia for Israel. He says he doesn't want his 6-year-old daughter to attend schools suffused with "Nazi propaganda." More

Former Ukrainian government minister Mykola Zlochevskiy (right) was closely associated with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych (left).

Former Ukrainian Official On The Lam In Alligator Shoes?

A new luxury shoe store has opened up in Kyiv, and the owners' tracks appear to come from one of Ukraine's most wanted men. More

There have been suggestions that the selection of Mullah Akhtar Mansur as their new leader may cause a split within the Taliban.  (file photo)

Mullah Mansur, The Afghan Taliban's New Leader

The Afghan Taliban has a new leader, one who appears pragmatic and moderate compared to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the near-mythical figure he replaces. More


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