Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Khushdil Qurbonov bears a resemblance to the president's son.

Tajik Teen Earns Thousands By Allegedly Impersonating President's Son

A Tajik high school student who allegedly posed as a member of the ruling family was so convincing that he made off with thousands in bribes in return for presidential favors. More

Stephen Cohen has been embraced by state-owned Russian media like the global news network RT, where he is frequently brought on to pillory Washington and Brussels.

Once Known As Preeminent Soviet Scholar, Stephen Cohen Now Seen As Putin Apologist

The renowned U.S. academic Stephen Cohen was once best known for his groundbreaking research on the Soviet Union. These days, he’s widely seen as Kremlin apologist. More

Ilan Shor is one of the richest people in Moldova.

Secret Audit Report Links Missing $1 Billion To Moldovan Businessman

Moldova's parliament speaker has released a confidential consultant report into the disappearance of nearly $1 billion from three Moldovan banks in November 2014. The report traces an elaborate plan to stealthily take control of the three banks by purchasing dozens of small, seemingly unconnected stakes -- culminating in an orgy of lending over three days. More

Aibarchyn Shamshieva says the police didn't even give her a chance to show her legal work permit.

Kyrgyz Migrant To Sue Moscow Police Over Raid

In an unusual case, a Kyrgyz migrant laborer is preparing legal action against the Russian police officers who raided her apartment. More

Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are by now accustomed to growing Russian military activity near their airspace and territorial waters.

Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews

Lithuania and Sweden are losing patience over the Russian attempts to intimidate crews laying a key Baltic Sea power cable. More


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