Tuesday, February 09, 2016


A pro-Russia separatist fires his machine gun toward Ukrainian Army positions near Debaltseve in late January 2015.

Cybersleuths: Wristwatch Given To Wounded Soldier 'Proves' Russian Role In Ukraine War

An open-source investigation group called the Conflict Intelligence Team alleges that a commemorative wristwatch secretly given by the Russian state to one of its soldiers shows that Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine was authorized at the highest level. More

Uzbekistan's Karimov On Gays And 'Vulgar' Western Culture: In comments broadcast on state television, Uzbek President Islam Karimov spoke disparagingly of homosexuality, saying that "something must be wrong" with men or women in same-sex relationships.

Video Uzbek President Calls Homosexuality 'Vulgar' Western Habit

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has lashed out at homosexuality, calling it a "vulgar" manifestation of Western culture, in a new attack against gays in the former Soviet Union. More

The central control room at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant -- Europe's largest -- in the town of Enerhodar

Thirty Years After Chernobyl, Ukraine Doubles Down On Nuclear Power

Ukraine is pushing ahead with plans to modernize its aging, Soviet-designed nuclear power plants as part of a grander vision to merge with EU energy markets and further cut ties with Russia. More

A pregnant woman waits at the Bograd maternity ward.

Hospital Closure Spells Panic For Siberian Mothers-To-Be

Authorities close down a Siberian district's only maternity ward due to budget cuts, leaving mothers-to-be stranded and at risk. More

Mohammad Maleki, wearing a shawl that says "Let's Sweep Garbage," flashes the victory sign along a roadway outside the capital, where he and a colleague were dumped by security agents.

Is Collecting Garbage A Crime In Iran?

Left with few options to legally highlight state repression in Iran, Mohammad Maleki and Mohammad Nurizad settled on a seemingly innocuous form of public protest -- collecting garbage from the streets of Tehran. That's not a crime. Or is it? More


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Cash Crunch, Stretched Military Spur Russian Troop Cuts Near Afghan Frontier

Money troubles and a military stretched by war in Syria and Ukraine have prompted Russia to reverse plans to send more troops to Tajikistan -- despite what Kremlin officials say is a growing threat from Islamic militants across the border in Afghanistan.
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Video Ukraine's Decommunization Gets Boost As 175 Towns, Villages Renamed

The so-called decommunization of Ukraine edged forward on February 4 as parliament approved the scrapping of 175 names of towns, villages, and districts across the country and replaced them with non-Soviet alternatives.
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Video Website Says It Exposed Russian TV Fakery

Is Russian state television making use of paid, Russian-speaking interview subjects to paint a picture of an out-of-control migrant crisis in Germany?
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Video MEPs Condemn Russia's 'Unprecedented' Abuses Against Crimean Tatars

The European Parliament has passed a resolution slamming the "unprecedented levels of human rights abuses" being perpetrated against Crimean Tatars by Russian authorities in the Moscow-annexed Ukrainian region. Since the beginning of the year, Crimean Tatars have endured a wave of searches, interrogations, confiscations, and other harassment.
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Kyrgyzstan, Russia Spar Over Child-Organ-Trafficking Accusations

A diplomatic ruckus is brewing between Russia and Kyrgyzstan following reports that Russian officials rescued two ethnic-Russian children in the Central Asian country from organ traffickers.
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Micromanaged Democracy: Russia's Ruling Party Schools Candidates On Campaigning

Ahead of elections in September, Russia’s ruling party wants its candidates to toe the party line. United Russia has assembled a collection of videos to instruct party candidates on how to talk to voters about topics from President Vladimir Putin's long reign to the troubled economy and corruption.
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Tajik Name-Change Craze Targets Turkic Words

In his quest to see Persian-rooted names affixed to everything from towns and villages to historical sites and newborns, Tajikistan's president has turned to renaming locations with Turkic-based names.
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Best Friend Says Kolesnikov 'Sank Into Total Despair' Before Suicide

A close friend of Vlad Kolesnikov, the Russian teenager whose suicide sent shock waves across Russia, says his own life has unraveled since the pair staged several pro-Ukraine protests last year.
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Pro-Putin Front's Cartoons Show Russian President Executing Corrupt Officials

Over the last year, a nationwide group led by Vladimir Putin has issued a series of cartoons showing the Russian president summarily executing allegedly corrupt officials in grisly ways -- such as with the help of a circular saw or hungry piranhas. Now an independent journalist has compiled the endings of the cartoons into a single gruesome clip.
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Feat Of Clay: Babylonians Beat World To Geometric Astronomy

A new study claims ancient astronomers used a sophisticated geometric method to plot the path of Jupiter on clay tablets long before the medieval Europeans generally credited with inventing the technique.
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