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The new military doctrine says says Russia faces threats from foreign nations that "install" governments hostile to its interests in countries along its borders. (file photo)

Putin Signs New Military Doctrine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine that says Russia faces threats from foreign nations that “install” governments hostile to its interests in countries along its borders. More

Ukrainian prisoners of war under the supervision of a rebel guard, walk in a street in the eastern city of Ilovaisk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Despite today's prisoner swap, rebels are believed to be holding around 500 more government soldiers in captivity.

Ukraine Prisoner Swap Begins

Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels have begun swapping prisoners under the terms of a preliminary peace deal signed in Minsk on December 24. More

A Christmas tree in Simferopol remains unlit and an electric bus is immobilized as Crimea experiences its second power outage this week,

Kyiv Suspends Trains, Buses To Crimea

Ukraine says it is halting all train and bus services to Russian-annexed Crimea because of security concerns. More

The ruble had plummeted to lows of 80 rubles to the dollar earlier this month. (file photo)

Russian Ruble Ends Modest Gains

Russia's struggling ruble currency has ended a modest five-day recovery, declining 4 percent to 54 rubles against the dollar. More

Prominent Russian priest and veteran member of the Moscow Helsinki rights group Gleb Yakunin. (file photo)

Soviet-Era Dissident Gleb Yakunin Dies

Gleb Yakunin, a prominent Russian priest and a veteran member of the Moscow Helsinki rights group has died after a long illness in Moscow. More

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Chechen Republic Head's Moscow Fan Club Rallies To His Defense

It was only to be expected that Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov's entourage would fall over themselves to defend him against the implication by Dozhd TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak that his orders to raze to the ground the homes of the families of Chechen fighters who kill police officers were unconstitutional. More
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Sports & Dictators: In 2014, A Match Made In Heaven

Many people turn to sports as a welcome break from politics. But from the Olympics to Formula 1, the year 2014 revealed a growing connection between big-ticket sporting events and ugly political regimes.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.

Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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