Friday, April 18, 2014


A woman walks past a swastika and the inscription "Death to Jews' painted on a wall in an underpass in Kyiv. File photo

Video Jews Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed at a synagogue in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine. More

Participants from Russia, Ukraine, the EU, and the United States thrash out a deal aimed at resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva on April 17.

The Geneva Agreement -- On Paper And On the Ground

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union have reached an agreement in Geneva on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine. We take a look at the key points in the agreement and the steps taken -- or not taken -- thus far to implement them. More

Valery Saifudinov, a pioneer of Soviet rock music, sings at his last concert before emigrating to the United States. Riga, 1974.

Spies, Spooks, And Rock 'n' Roll At Twilight Of The Cold War

Was rock 'n' roll a secret weapon in the Cold War? A new documentary explores the impact of rock music on Soviet society. More

Video Interview: Ghani Says 'All Walks Of Afghan Life Will Be Represented'

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani says that, if elected, he will do all in his power to promote "genuine reconciliation." He spoke to RFE/RL about what he will do if he doesn't win the first round, and what his plans are should he be elected president. More

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin A Question

What do you get when the most famous former NSA employee asks the most famous former KGB member for information on how his spying program works? A Russian propaganda victory, according to some. More


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Kramatorsk Dispatch: Humiliating Capitulation Dampens Troops' Morale

The Ukrainian army is licking its wounds after a much-touted "anti-terrorist" operation to regain control of the country's east ended with pro-Russian separatists in Kramatorsk seizing six armored personnel carriers.
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Interview: 'We May Already Be Past The Point Of No Return'

Ivan Lozowy, a Kyiv-based political analyst, traveled to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk this week. He talks to RFE/RL about Kyiv's failure to confront the separatist crisis and the role of the Donbas oligarchs in stirring up the unrest.
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Nervous Kyiv Authorities Post Civil Defense Notices -- And Then Take Them Down

Alarming notices appeared across Kyiv this week advising residents on what to do in case war breaks out -- including responding to sirens and using bomb shelters. But almost as soon as they’d appeared, the bulletins were taken down.
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Multimedia Horlivka Dispatch: Uneasy Calm Following Takeover

Horlivka, a sleepy industrial town in eastern Ukraine, is one of the latest cities to be gripped by separatist unrest in the country's Russian-leaning east.
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Interview: 'We Were Tackling The Symptoms Of The Disease'

In her new book, "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014," "New York Times" journalist Carlotta Gall lays bare the extent of Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan, accusing Islamabad of cynically driving the violence there and writing that "Pakistan, not Afghanistan, has been the true enemy."
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German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany's largest-circulation tabloid wants two Soviet tanks removed from a Berlin war memorial in protest of what it calls Russia's "hegemonic military policies" in Ukraine.
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In Eastern Ukraine, The Hunt For A Smoking Gun -- And A Real Russian Holding It

As separatist takeovers heat up in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv is struggling to prove it's Moscow stirring the pot.
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Fear, Anger In Kyiv Over Inaction In Eastern Ukraine

It's no secret many on the Maidan are underwhelmed by Kyiv's new authorities -- and dismayed by the slow response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. And this week, they took to the streets to vent their anger.
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U.S. Takes Off The Gloves In Rhetorical Rumble With Russia

Its "reset" policy with Moscow effectively buried, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has ramped up the rhetoric as it battles with the Kremlin for control of the narrative in the Ukraine crisis.
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Interview: Afghanistan's Abdullah Vows To Make 'Meritocratic Appointments'

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his fiercest rivals, from government if he wins Afghanistan's presidential election. He spoke to RFE/RL about contesting the possible second round and his plans should he win.
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