Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits a serviceman who was wounded during the August 31 protest outside parliament. Three National Guardsmen were killed in the violence.

Explainer: What's Behind This Week's Deadly Violence In Kyiv?

RFE/RL explains the controversial legislation at the heart of the dispute and what to expect next. More

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur is seen in this undated handout photograph by the Taliban.

'Good Listener, Neat Dresser' -- Taliban Publishes Biography Of New Leader

The Taliban has published a 5,000-word biography of Mullah Akhtar Mansur, its recently named successor to spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. More

Did Tajik police beat up Umar Bobojonov just because of his beard?

Alleged Police Beating Of Bearded Tajik Student Prompts Outrage, Investigation

Allegations that a beard-wearing university student was brutally beaten by Tajik police during his summer break has sparked public outrage in a country where such incidents are not exactly uncommon. More

WATCH: A man throwing what appeared to be a grenade during a protest in Kyiv was caught on video by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty cameras. The violence erupted after parliament approved a draft constitutional amendment granting more autonomy to the eastern Ukrainian regions. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Kyiv Violence Steps Up Pressure To Reject Ultranationalists

A grenade attack against police and National Guardsmen outside Ukraine's parliament has renewed allegations that the government of President Petro Poroshenko has been too indulgent toward ultranationalists who are not afraid to use violence to promote their radical agendas. More

Igor Butman

Russian Icon Roasted Over U.S. Citizenship

Iconic Russian jazzman Igor Butman, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, has come under fire from Kremlin critics over his U.S. citizenship after he performed in Russian-occupied Crimea. More


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