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Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor at the former Nazi concentration camp in 2005.

Auschwitz Memories: 'I Refused To Die'

A survivor of the grotesque medical experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, Eva Mozes Kor tells of her harrowing and remarkable journey -- and her decision to forgive her torturers. More

A Ukrainian serviceman prays by a cross outside the eastern city of Mariupol, a port of crucial economic importance on the Azov Sea.

Mariupol: A Strategic And Symbolic Target For Pro-Russian Rebels

In launching an offensive against the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol, pro-Russian separatists have selected a target of both strategic and symbolic importance in their bloody conflict with the government in Kyiv. More

A beggar asks for alms near a torn poster depicting a Ukrainian 200-hryvnya banknote in Kyiv. Economists disagree on the best way to help Ukraine tackle its escalating economic crisis.

News Analysis: How Best To Help Ukraine Is The $50 Billion Question

Can tens of billions of dollars in Western aid jumpstart Ukraine's embattled economy or does Kyiv need the current crisis as a stimulus to implement reforms that it has avoided for the past two decades? More

The claim that it was mostly Ukrainians who liberated Auschwitz threatens to deepen a rift that reflects current animosity and deep historic tension between Moscow and its Soviet-era subjects.

Auschwitz Ceremony Lays Bare Russian Tension With Europe

A claim by the Ukrainian president's administration that it was mostly Ukrainians who liberated Auschwitz and Europe threatens to deepen a rift that reflects current animosity and deep historic tension between Moscow and its Soviet-era subjects. More

Maksim Frank-Kamenetsky, a Soviet-born biophysicist who lives in Boston, was struck by the rampant anti-Americanism among Russians.

In Brutally Critical Open Letter, Russian-Born Scholar Talks Of His 'Overwhelming Nausea' Over Putin's Russia

Maksim Frank-Kamenetsky, a Soviet-born biophysicist who lives in Boston, recently spent four months in his homeland. What he saw in Russia prompted him to sound the alarm in an open letter to Russians. More


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'You Could See Happiness In Their Eyes': Russian Veteran Recalls Soviet Liberation Of Auschwitz

On January 27, 1945, Red Army soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp where hundreds of thousands of Jews and other prisoners had been killed. As the world prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, RFE/RL speaks to one of the few remaining Soviet war veterans to participate in the historic event.
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For some Russian officials, annexing Crimea wasn't enough. Now some want to change its name.
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Pakistani Firm Slams Czech Rugby For 'Desecrating Allah'

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Tomb Of Soviet Founder Doused In Holy Water

A St. Petersburg performance art group this week staged a mock exorcism at Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square.
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Russian Pensioner May Spend Five Years In Prison For Picketing

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Wary Of Russian Aggression, Vilnius Creates How-To Manual For Dealing With Foreign Invasion

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