Friday, April 25, 2014

VKontakte founder Pavel Durov has moved away from Russia following the introduction of comprehensive restrictions on Internet activity back home.

Durov, Activists Adjust Accordingly As Kremlin Cracks Down On Internet Rights

Russia this week witnessed a series of crackdowns aimed at scaling back Internet freedoms. Activists and entrepreneurs say the only response is to stay one step ahead of the game. More

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir's fearless approach to his work has made him many friends -- and enemies.

Pakistani Journalist Caught In The Cross Fire

Hamid Mir's reputation as one of Pakistan's most revered -- and loathed -- journalists has come into focus amid a public debate over who riddled his body with bullets. More

U.S. journalist Simon Ostrovsky is being held by separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The Abducted And The Missing In Eastern Ukraine

In eastern Ukraine, journalists, local politicians, and ordinary citizens have been going missing at an alarming rate. More

A video grab showing Vice New journalist Simon Ostrovsky reporting from Ukraine.

Simon Ostrovsky: Journalist Used As Human Shield

Those keeping up with developments in Ukraine have long relied on Simon Ostrovsky's harrowing reports from the front lines. Now, pro-Russia militias in the country's east have effectively silenced him -- at least for now. More

Shepherd Pyotr (in red shirt) in Congaz, Gagauzia

Tiny Moldova Faces Its East-West Moment Of Truth

Moldova's European-integration policies are beginning to show results. But the closer the tiny country gets to the European Union, the harder pro-Russian forces try to pull it back into Moscow's orbit. More

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Under Turkmenistan's notoriously repressive regime, those who publicly criticize the government have been known to end up in jail. But that hasn't stopped an increasing number of Turkmen from approaching RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondents in recent months to voice their dissatisfaction with officials. Is it bravery, desperation, or a more tolerant atmosphere?

Beijing Smog To Be Turned Into Jewels

A Dutch designer says he plans to suck the smog from Beijing's notoriously polluted skyline using the world's largest "electronic vacuum cleaner." And if all goes well, there could be sparkling results.

Iran Seeks To Offset Advancement Of Women In Medicine

Iran plans to improve medical services by limiting the number of women who are admitted to medical schools. But the cure could be worse than the disease.

Easter Mass Highlights Ukrainian Divisions

Many Ukrainians are united by a yearning for peace in the name of God and country. But divisions were also evident at Easter services in Kyiv.

Interview: 'The Maidan Represents Love'

Russian photographer Viktoria Ivleva was curious about how ordinary Ukrainians feel concerning the ongoing crisis, and found a way to see for herself. Using funds provided by her Facebook friends, she traveled to Ukraine and met with Ukrainians across the country -- from Euromaidan supporters in Ukraine's west to pro-Russian protesters in the east. RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke with Ivleva about her experiences upon her return to Moscow.

Moldovan Foreign Minister Says Ukraine Crisis Has Led To Reevaluation Of CIS

In a wide-ranging interview, Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman discusses the Ukraine crisis, Moldova's EU integration, and the role of Russian-language media.

Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis.

Video Jews Get Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

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

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.

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.
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