Wednesday, May 27, 2015


PHOTO GALLERY: Afghanistan -- Life In A Historical Battlefield

Photogallery Afghanistan To Ukraine: 'The Enemies Of Our Enemies Are Our Friends'

It took Afghan mujahedin nearly 10 years, and foreign weapons, to repel its Soviet invasion. A quarter-century later, Rostyslav Khotyn of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service traveled to Afghanistan to see what that war could tell him about the current conflict in his own country. More

Video East-West Tension Puts Baltic Sea Island On Its Toes

Concerns about Russia's intentions have bolstered the strategic importance of the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland. Sweden is planning to increase its troop presence there, and the number of locals joining a part-time home-guard force doubled last year. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) with Soviet hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov (left) in Sochi on May 16.

Russian Hockey Great Wants To Cage Homegrown Talent

In a bid to recapture past Russian ice-hockey glory, a legend of the game has pulled a page from the old Soviet playbook by demanding players not be allowed to play abroad until they turn 28. More

Under the proposal, companies would be offered tax breaks for using the prison labor.

Russia Could Use Prison Labor For 2018 World Cup

The State Duma proposal has been endorsed by Federal Penitentiary Service officials, while the Russian opposition protests that the initiative has echoes of Josef Stalin's gulag economy. More

Patriarch Kirill

'Baptism By Troll' As Patriarch Kirill Opens VK Social Networking Page

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church joined social-networking site Vkontakte to connect with the public, but the launch of his own personal page was marred by trolls who swamped it with derogatory comments. More


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Poland's Next President Could Ruffle Feathers In Moscow And Brussels

Poland's surprise choice for president signals appetite for change and is almost certain to dent egos in Brussels, but Andrzej Duda has so far pressed for even deeper defense commitments from the West.
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The Mysterious Assassination Of A Rebel Commander In Ukraine

The assassination of Aleksei Mozgovoi, a separatist commander in eastern Ukraine and proponent of the idea of an independent Novorossia, has led to a lot of finger pointing.
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Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles

Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov has displayed an increasingly mercurial public persona in recent months amid heightened tensions between him and officials in Moscow.
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Sports Reporter On FIFA Corruption Allegations: 'Only Tip Of The Iceberg'

Accusations of shady practices in the ranks of world soccer's governing body are flying ahead of FIFA's upcoming vote for a new president, with one leading contender dropping out of the race this week to protest the "dictatorship" established by long-standing President Sepp Blatter.
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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.
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Video Anti-Maidan Activist Booed By Moscow Students

Students at a prestigious Moscow university angrily disrupted a lecture by Nikolai Starikov, the leader of a pro-Kremlin group that has backed separatist militants in eastern Ukraine.
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Video Chewed Out: Watch As Hungary's Orban Gets An Earful

A new viral video shows Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament's Liberal Democrat alliance, excoriating Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for courting closer ties with Russia and proposing to reinstate the death penalty.
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Bearded Drag Queen Grips Russia Amid Eurovision Fever

For the second straight year, the cross-dressing Austrian singer Conchita Wurst has seized the attention of top Russian political and religious figures.
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Afghan Unity Government Split On Intelligence-Sharing Deal

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