Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Sergei Mikhailov (center) speaks to the press at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on his return from Swizterland in this December 1998 file photo.

Reputed Russian Mobster Boasts Of Putin Wristwatch Honor

An alleged leader of one of Russia's most notorious crime groups claims Russian President Vladimir Putin honored him with a prestigious timepiece, while the Kremlin denies the assertion. More

Anar Mammadli

Anar Mammadli, A Tireless Rights Advocate

Jailed Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli, the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, has tirelessly denounced the deepening crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan. More

The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was opened to great fanfare in August, but has yet to pump any gas.

Empty Pipeline Shows Difficulty Of Breaking Moldova's Gazprom Addiction

Last month, Moldova inaugurated a new natural-gas pipeline from Romania. But it isn't transporting any gas, and no one knows when the flow of the country's first-ever non-Russian gas might start. More

PHOTO GALLERY: Hamid Karzai: A Presidency In Pictures

The Eminently Quotable Karzai

A collection of notable quotes made over the years by outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai. More

If passed by the Federation Council and signed by President Vladimir Putin, the bill would force Russia's top business daily to relinquish its Western ownership.

At Russian Business Daily 'Vedomosti,' Gloom Over New Media Legislation

The Russian State Duma has approved legislation restricting foreign ownership of media outlets. RFE/RL visited the newsroom of the Western-owned daily newspaper "Vedomosti" to gauge journalists' reactions. More


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Video Georgian Defends Locals' Motives For Joining Syria Fight

A resident of Georgia's restive Pankisi Gorge has told RFE/RL's Georgian Service that he knows one of his countrymen accused this week by the United States of aiding extremist groups like Islamic State (IS) in Syria and defended natives of his poverty-stricken area who go there "to help the poor Syrian people."
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Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan Claiming Allegiance To IS

Is the Islamic State extremist group expanding to Afghanistan and Pakistan? The possibility is growing as some militants in the region are pledging allegiance to the organization's leadership.
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Russian Action Film Vows 'The Truth' About Ukraine War

A new Russian film is pledging to tell "The Truth" about the war between federal forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine, a project Ukrainian media has already dismissed as "propaganda."
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UN Agrees On Foreign Extremist Fighters

The 15-member UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a binding resolution aimed at stemming the flow of foreign Islamist militants to Iraq and Syria.
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Explainer: What Is The Khorasan Group?

A look at the Khorasan Group, a little-known Al-Qaeda affiliate being targeted in Syria by U.S.-led air strikes.
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Russian Documentary Demonstrates That Lenin Lives On

The Russian documentary film "Leninland" shows how the Soviet-era cult of Lenin has survived -- in distorted and transmuted form -- since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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'I Won't Sing For Occupiers' -- A Ukrainian Singer Falls Out With Russia

Ukrainian singer Anastasia Prykhodko has been targeted by a mudslinging campaign on Russian television. Prykhodko, who shot to fame in Russia, has been performing for Ukrainian troops in the country's strife-torn east.
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Delegates To UN Conference Claim Harassment By Kremlin

Members of ethnic minority groups from Russia have accused the Kremlin of preventing them from attending a United Nations conference in New York this week.
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Remembering Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves behind a mixed legacy as he steps down after nearly 13 years in power.
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Spat Over Who Speaks To UN Hints Of Looming Political Crisis In Georgia

Recent disagreements between Georgia's president and its government have locals and analysts worried about the fragile state of the country's democratic institutions -- and the possible behind-the-scenes role of former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishivili.
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