Friday, October 31, 2014

Said-Emin Ibragimov says he was kidnapped in France.

Chechen Exile's Claims Evoke Bloody Trail Traced To Russia

A former Chechen separatist official claims he was abducted and tortured by Russian security agents in France, the latest in series of incidents in recent years of Chechen exiles allegedly being targeted abroad. More

The killers of Serbian journalist Slavko Curuvija, who was slain in 1999, have never been brought to justice.

Journalist Group Says Reporters' Killers Almost Never Face Justice

Murdering journalists is one way to keep the public in the dark about criminal activities. It is also virtually risk-free, since worldwide 90 percent of the killers never face justice. More

A nurse demonstrates a protective suit at a Moscow infectious-diseases clinic.

In Many Countries, Distance From Ebola Brings A Sense Of Safety

In many parts of Eurasia, people think they are far enough away from Africa to be safe from Ebola. Is that a false sense of security? More

A man holds his father's portrait near a memorial to the victims of Soviet-era political repressions on Lubyanka Square in Moscow on October 29.

Russia Remembers Stalinist Repressions, As New Poll Predicts Fresh Round

As activists in Russia commemorated the tens of thousands of people executed during the Great Terror of Soviet leader Josef Stalin, new polls show that 50 percent of Russians believe they may see similar political repressions again in their lifetime -- while a growing number of people believe there is too much "negative talk" about Stalin's rule. More

Controversial pro-Kremlin TV anchor Dmitry Kiselyov is heading Rossia Segodnya, which is reportedly planning a major international expansion. (file photo)

Russian Media Behemoth Set To Launch Wave Of Foreign Bureaus

Rossia Segodnya, the Russian state media giant headed by controversial pro-Kremlin TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, is reportedly expanding its reach with local-language news websites and radio programming across the world. More

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Self-Mutilating Russian Artist Says 'There's No Greater Evil Than Law-Abiding Citizens'

Controversial Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky tells RFE/RL about his latest stunt, during which he cut off his earlobe to protest the forced use of psychiatric treatment against dissidents. Last year, Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square.

Iran Moves To Muzzle Media Coverage Of Acid Attacks

Iranian authorities have warned domestic media over their coverage of a string of acid attacks targeting young women in the city of Isfahan.

Ten Takeaways From Ukraine's Vote

Ukrainian voters have given the government of President Petro Poroshenko a clear mandate for a pro-European future. But there are still issues of concern following the October 26 vote. Here are 10 takeaways.

Taking Measure Of The Ukrainian Mind-Set

How have Ukrainian attitudes toward the EU, Russia, and NATO changed? Is it possible to conduct opinion polls in the Donbas? And why is support for the Ukrainian Communist Party in decline?

Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case An Early Test For New Government

A blasphemy case involving a newspaper is posing an early test for Afghanistan’s new president, who will have to carefully balance international concerns with the wishes of powerful religious leaders in the country.

Ukraine’s Euromaidan Drives Up Price Of...Illegal Vote Buying

Some Ukrainians are still prepared to sell their votes -- even in the wake of the Euromaidan uprising against corruption and sleaze. But the price tag has spiked significantly amid a state crackdown on the practice.

Ukraine's Heating Crisis Triggers Fire Sale Of Rare Plants At Kyiv Botanical Garden

The central botanical garden in Ukraine's capital is selling off scores of exotic plants on the cheap after it closed various greenhouses amid looming central-heating woes and the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis.

Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azeri Ties

A scholar who consistently promotes Azerbaijan in the U.S. media and to American officials reacted angrily at a Columbia University event this week on European energy when a student asked her about her failure to disclose her ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR.

End Of The Orange-Blue Divide: Ukraine Vote May Produce New Political Landscape

As Ukrainians go to the polls on October 26, a new, pro-European consensus seems to be forming, as even ethnic-Russian Ukrainians look skeptically at Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Video 'He Was Just A Boy' -- Russian Mother Grieves For Son Killed In Ukraine

Eighteen-year-old Yevgeny Pushkaryov was buried last week near St. Petersburg after being killed in eastern Ukraine. His mother says Russian television reports prompted the teenager to secretly join the separatist movement.
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