Monday, May 04, 2015


Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has continued his decades-old policy of remaining within Russia's orbit, but avoiding getting completely caught in Moscow's gravity by occasionally adopting an independent position and maintaining relations with the West that do not threaten his grip on power.

Ukraine Crisis Opens Up Wiggle Room For Lukashenka

The Belarusian president first criticized those in Moscow who view his country as "a northwestern province" of Russia, then did an about-face by flatly declaring that "we have been and always will be with Russia." The war in Ukraine has put a sharp new spin on the dizzying relations between Minsk and Moscow. More

Christian Jereghi demonstrates with a picture of Oleh Sentsov, a filmmaker from Crimea detained in Moscow.

Russian Fighting For Ukraine Refuses To 'Die With A Russian Passport'

A young Russian filmmaker who fought alongside government forces in eastern Ukraine is being granted Ukrainian citizenship after an emotional appeal to the country's president. He says Russians fighting for Ukraine are in an impossible legal quandary. More

Given that Vitali Klitschko ran for mayor on a "clean hands" campaign, promising to stamp out corruption -- and given that the transactions involve several of his close associates -- the controversy over Sunny Riviera poses a thorny challenge for the former world heavyweight champion.

Inconvenient Friends: Shady Real Estate Deal Tests Kyiv Mayor

As a scandal erupts over a controversial construction project, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko faces a tough choice between backing his friends or serving his constituents. More

Artyom Loskutov leading a "monstration" march in Novosibirsk on May 1, 2013.

'Monstration' Rallies Hold Up Mirror To 'Absurd' Russian Reality

The organizer of a surrealist May Day rally says it's merely reflecting the absurd reality of life in Russia. More

A journalist in Smolensk was prosecuted for posting this historic photo of a courtyard under Nazi occupation on VKontakte.

Russia's Anti-Swastika Crusade Hits Toy Stores, Bookstores, And Museums

Russia is scrambling to get rid of swastikas and other Nazi symbols ahead of Victory Day celebrations. But has it going too far? More


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