Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Gay-rights activists hold rainbow flags during a protest in central Moscow in May 2014.

Russia Splutters As U.S. Goes 'Gay'

Its greatest adversary has legalized same-sex marriages, and Russia doesn't quite know how to react to the United States' 'gayification' movement. More

WATCH: Yerevan Police Chief Gasparian Confronts Protesters

Video Hard-Nosed Armenian Police Chief Draws Mockery, Anger

The protests in Yerevan have put the spotlight on Armenia's iron-fisted police chief, whose angry tirades at protesters are sparking both anger and jokes. More

Samiya Khalikova as a young woman in Leningrad

Surviving The Siege, Only To Die Of Neglect

Samiya Khalikova survived the siege of Leningrad and the Soviet-era repressions that decimated her family. But when she recently collapsed in her flat, it took authorities two days to open the door. More

Local residents have been camping out in Moscow's Torfyanka Park to protest against the building of an Orthodox Church there. They say the project was implemented without any public consultation, thereby making it an illegal development.

Muscovites Fight To Save Park From New Church

Angry residents say the Russian Orthodox Church pulled a fast one as part of its push to build 200 new churches in Moscow, and are waging a pitched battle to keep their park. More

A demonstrator waves an Armenian flag as others shout slogans during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan on June 25.

Video Armenian Protesters Chafe At Comparisons To EuroMaidan

Many observers in Russia and the West are comparing the ongoing Armenian protests against rising electricity prices to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. But spokespeople in Yerevan are resisting this attempt to broaden the framing of their project. More


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Estonian Defense Chief: NATO Must 'Neutralize' Putin's Perceived Advantage

Estonia's defense chief has welcomed the U.S. decision to preposition military equipment in the Baltics and other countries on the eastern edge of the alliance, saying that a strong presence is required to diminish the potential threat of a Russian attack.
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Mixed Feelings In Macedonia As A Russian Orthodox Church Rises

A Russian Orthodox church under construction in Macedonia is one of several that have been built or planned in Europe in recent years. Beneath talk of spiritual ties, there is concern that Moscow could use such churches to advance its temporal interests.
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Russian 'Profiteering' At Heart Of Armenian Power Protests

Russia owns Armenia's power-distribution grid, and Armenian consumers are furious about the way they are being treated by the firm when it comes to paying for electricity.
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Tech-Savvy Armenian Trio Leads 'Collective Brain' In Rate-Hike Protest

The little-known trio behind the large demonstrations in Armenia is relying on "the people" in their battle against an electricity price hike.
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Video Islamic Party Members Resign En Masse In Tajikistan

As dozens of party members and officials publicly announce their departure from Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party, its leaders are putting on a brave face and saying the situation does not reflect reality.
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Link Exposed Between Charleston Killer And Haters' Convention In Russia

Who would have guessed there were just two degrees of separation between a confessed racist killer in Charleston and Vladimir Putin's hometown of St. Petersburg?
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Consumer-Rights Advocate Calls Putin 'Paranoid' After 'Foreign-Agent' Slur

A Russian consumer-protection group lambasted by President Vladimir Putin as a "foreign agent" over cautionary advice to Russians traveling to annexed Crimea has accused Putin of "paranoia" and called him "badly informed."
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Atta Noor: Unlikely Coalition To 'Inflict A Powerful Blow' Against Taliban

Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful governor of Afghanistan's Balkh Province, has blamed the government's weak leadership for the soaring violence in the country's north. To carve himself a bigger role in Kabul's strategy in the north, Noor has teamed up with a former rival and current government official to push militants from the region.
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Video Armenian Police Target Journalists In Violent Crackdown

Police attempted to end a days-long street protest in the Armenia by forcibly dispersing participants and journalists. But the heavy-handed approach, which included the direct involvement of a top national police commander, has sparked a furious response at home and abroad.
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Afghanistan's Instant Hero: Soldier 'Single-Handedly' Stops Attack On Parliament

An Afghan soldier has catapulted to fame after claiming to have killed six Taliban fighters who attacked the parliament building in Kabul.
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