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Russian Veto Threat Delays UN Vote On Srebrenica

A UN Security Council vote on a British-drafted resolution that aims to mark 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre has been postponed until July 8. More

Russian Troops Spot Checked In Armenia

The Russian military has ordered a snap combat readiness check of its troops stationed in Armenia. More

Nadia Savchenko at a Moscow court in March

Russia Stiffens Charges Against Savchenko

Investigators in Russia have increased the seriousness of charges against captive Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, accusing her of direct participation in the killing of two Russian reporters. More

Tsarnaev Asks For New Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion on July 6 demanding a new trial, less than two weeks after he was sentenced to death. More

Ukrainian PM, U.S. Senator Targeted In Hoax Letter

A forger sent a hoax letter to Russian media in an apparent bid to convince journalists that a senior U.S. lawmaker was trying to tell Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk how to run his government. More

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Putin Judo Pal Proposes Ban On Fast-Food Ads

A Russian lawmaker and friend of President Vladimir Putin is arguing that sugary drinks and fast food are dangerous and should not be allowed to advertise in Russia.

American Teacher Kicked Out Of Russia

An American who has lived and worked in Russia for more than 20 years has been dismissed as a professor at a university in Nizhny Novgorod in what critics say is the latest example of a Kremlin crackdown on inconvenient foreigners under the banner of counterespionage.

Russian Yoga Ban Leaves Officials In Awkward Pose

Authorities in a central Russian city have suffered an embarrassing backlash after attempting to ban yoga.

Who Are The Russian Generals That Ukraine Says Are Fighting In The Donbas?

A new dossier by the Ukrainian security service has named five Russian generals who have allegedly participated in military activities with separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia has consistently denied any military involvement in the conflict there.

Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin

Israel is seeing the biggest influx of Russian immigrants since the 1990s. Most of them are educated Muscovites bitterly disillusioned with their country's leadership.
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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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