Thursday, October 30, 2014


A man holds his father's portrait near a memorial to the victims of Soviet-era political repressions on Lubyanka Square in Moscow on October 29.

Russia Remembers Stalinist Repressions, As New Poll Predicts Fresh Round

As activists in Russia commemorated the tens of thousands of people executed during the Great Terror of Soviet leader Josef Stalin, new polls show that 50 percent of Russians believe they may see similar political repressions again in their lifetime -- while a growing number of people believe there is too much "negative talk" about Stalin's rule. More

Controversial pro-Kremlin TV anchor Dmitry Kiselyov is heading Rossia Segodnya, which is reportedly planning a major international expansion. (file photo)

Russian Media Behemoth Set To Launch Wave Of Foreign Bureaus

Rossia Segodnya, the Russian state media giant headed by controversial pro-Kremlin TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, is reportedly expanding its reach with local-language news websites and radio programming across the world. More

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky slices off his right earlobe on the roof of Moscow's Serbsky psychiatric center to protest the forced psychiatric treatment of dissidents.  The stunt, titled "Separation," was meant to denounce Russia's growing use of psychiatry to silence dissidents.

Self-Mutilating Russian Artist Says 'There's No Greater Evil Than Law-Abiding Citizens'

Controversial Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky tells RFE/RL about his latest stunt, during which he cut off his earlobe to protest the forced use of psychiatric treatment against dissidents. Last year, Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square. More

An Iranian woman, hiding her face so as not to be identified, raises a placard during a protest to show solidarity with the acid-attack victims, in front of the judiciary building in Isfahan on October 22.

Iran Moves To Muzzle Media Coverage Of Acid Attacks

Iranian authorities have warned domestic media over their coverage of a string of acid attacks targeting young women in the city of Isfahan. More

A Ukrainian woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, near Slaviansk, during the parliamentary elections on October 26.

Ten Takeaways From Ukraine's Vote

Ukrainian voters have given the government of President Petro Poroshenko a clear mandate for a pro-European future. But there are still issues of concern following the October 26 vote. Here are 10 takeaways. More


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