Friday, September 19, 2014


The ruble has recently plunged to a record low.

Russian Government Feels Squeeze Of Tighter Sanctions

There are ever more signs Western sanctions are squeezing the Russian government: from the falling ruble to a widening search for cash to prop up state companies. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with Sistema boss Vladimir Yevtushenkov. "It was just his turn," a self-exiled Russian businessman says.

Interview: Russian Billionaire's Arrest A 'Gangster Story'

Self-exiled Russian businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin says the arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia's richest people, has more to do with asset grabbing than politics. More

Ar-Namys party leader Feliks Kulov suggested "Kyrgyz El Republic," which would make use of the Turkic-origin "el" that means "nation" in Kyrgyz.

'-Stan' At Its End In Kyrgyzstan?

The -stan ending has been accused of tarnishing Kyrgyzstan's image, prompting a call for change. More

PHOTO GALLERY: Several undated photos were released to the media on September 16 by Gulnara Karimova's Britain-based spokesman, Locksley Ryan, who said in an e-mailed statement that Karimova and her daughter are in "urgent need of medical attention." Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimova and a once ubiquitous sight on the Uzbek and international fashion and culture scene with ties to major strategic businesses, is reportedly under Uzbek house arrest.

Photogallery Interview: Karimova House-Arrest Pics Show 'What Happens Every Day'

Locksley Ryan, Gulnara Karimova's London-based spokesman, discusses his recent release of photographs showing the Uzbek president's daughter under house arrest. More

Brenda Shaffer speaks at the Hezliya Conference in 2011. She did not respond to numerous requests to comment for this report.

Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Just days after reporting about Azerbaijan's efforts to influence Western think tanks to advance Baku's interests in the United States, "The New York Times" itself published an opinion piece by an Israeli professor who did not disclose her affiliation with Azerbaijan's state oil company. More


Recent Features

He's A 'Yes,' She's A 'No' -- Couple On Opposite Sides Of Scotland's Referendum

Many families are split on whether Scotland should say "yes" to independence or whether it's "better together" as part of the United Kingdom. Ahead of the September 18 referendum, RFE/RL correspondent Kathleen Moore spoke to one couple in Aberdeen agreeing to disagree.
More

Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.
More

Pro-Independence Scots Have A Friend -- In Abkhazia

On September 18, Scottish voters go to the polls to vote in a historic referendum on whether to break their three-century-old ties with the United Kingdom. In Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, which claims its own form of independence, support for Scottish statehood is strong.
More

Ukraine's Cryptic, Clever (And Always Insulting) Lexicon Of War

As the conflict simmers in eastern Ukraine, supporters from both camps fight on in a war of words. The result is a torrent of new slurs -- often cryptic, at times inventive, always insulting. Here are some of the most common terms.
More

Video Scotland Mulls Split From United Kingdom In Knife-Edge Vote

Voters in Scotland are poised to decide whether to bring to an end a more than 300-year-old political union and leave the United Kingdom in a September 18 independence referendum vote that looks likely to go down to the wire.
More

Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region's damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be "desolation."
More

Video Meet Some Of The Poles Who Will Help Decide Scotland's Future

Whether Scotland becomes independent or not will rest in part on the votes of some 160,000 nationals from other European Union countries who are resident there. That includes tens of thousands of Poles -- some of whom have been actively campaigning for a "yes."
More

Nine Things To Know About This Week's Scottish Referendum

On September 18, voters in Scotland will decide whether to stay in the United Kingdom or split off as an independent country. Here are nine things to know.
More

Photogallery HRW Says Disabled Children In Russia Face Violence, Isolation, Neglect

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a new report in which it finds that nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they face violence, neglect, and isolation. HRW says that many children are needlessly removed from their parents, convinced by doctors that they are incapable of adequately caring for their offspring.
More

Canadian Politician: Support, But Also Skepticism, For Ukrainian Government

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service's Maryana Drach spoke to Canadian politician and journalist Chrystia Freeland about Western policies toward Ukraine and the role of Russian propaganda.
More
More Features

Most Popular Articles