Monday, December 22, 2014

Communist Party supporters dressed as white bears saw through a replica of a Russian ruble coin during a protest rally against the policies of the Russian government in front of parliament in Moscow on December 22.

When Life Hands You Lemons, Tell Ruble Jokes

Russians are fighting back against the dizzying dive of the ruble the best way they know how -- with humor. We look at some of the best jokes about the struggling Russian currency. More

A billboard promoting the movie "The Interview," before Sony decided to pull the movie from distribution.

Hollywood Vs. Pyongyang: Shelved Film Sparks Free-Speech Skirmish In U.S.

Sony's shelving of the comedy "The Interview," depicting a fictitious plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has sparked fears that other nations could launch cyberattacks over speech they don’t like. More

Yelena Balanovskaya stands in the newly decorated kitchen of the apartment that she bought with a dollar mortgage that she's now struggling to pay off because of the ruble crisis.

Russian Dollar-Mortgage Holders Feel Ruble Crunch

Russians who took out dollar-denominated mortgages in better times are now feeling the crunch as a weak ruble becomes the new normal. More

Iranian officials and members of the Jewish community pray together at a ceremony to unveil a monument honoring Iranian-Jewish soldiers who died in action during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.

Iran Honors Its Fallen Jewish Soldiers

Tehran has commemorated Iranian-Jewish soldiers who died in the bloody Iran-Iraq War. More

A rights activist (left) is set upon by against an antigay protester during a gay-pride event in St. Petersburg. Russia's "gay propaganda" law has been blamed for unleashing a wave of homophobia across the country.

St. Petersburg Teacher Latest Victim In Antigay Campaign

A teacher who worked with disabled children is the latest educator fired for being in violation of Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" law. More

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Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.

Video Migrants Take Hit From Ruble's Freefall

The crash of the ruble has meant lost income and opportunity for the millions of labor migrants who depend on Russia for their livelihoods.

Blame Game Begins As Ruble Plummets

Economists say the collapse of the ruble is due to a combination of Western sanctions and the uncontrollable drop in world oil prices. But many Russians are still searching for particular countries or people to blame. We look at some of the most popular scapegoats.

U.S. Says Russia Sanctions Vindicated As Ruble Tumbles

As Russia’s currency plunges, the Obama administration is delivering a message about the impact of Western sanctions: We told you so.

Video Explainer: Russia Defends Ruble But Currency Still Struggling

The Russian Central Bank has raised its interest rate to a staggering 17 percent in a move to stop the ruble devaluing further. But the ruble keeps falling and the bank's action risks weakening Russia's ailing economy further.

Video Muscovites React To The Ruble's Crash

Some blamed the Europeans. Some blamed the Americans. Some blamed the falling oil price. And nearly all blamed Western sanctions. Here's a snapshot of how Muscovites viewed the ruble's dramatic slide.

What To Do In An Economic Crisis? Buy A Car!

Russians have been snapping up luxury cars before the plummeting ruble forces producers to dramatically hike prices. But experts say the uptick won't last.

Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova's 'Letter Of Hope' For 2015

Award-winning Azerbaijani investigative journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, who hosts a daily program for RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, has been held in pretrial detention in Baku since December 5 after being accused of encouraging a man to commit suicide -- charges that have been broadly condemned as a flagrant attempt to silence her critical voice.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Letters From Donbas

What is day-to-day life really like in Ukraine's separatist-held territories? RFE/RL invited ordinary people behind rebel lines to share their impressions.
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