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WATCH: The first trucks from a convoy that Russia says is carrying humanitarian aid have entered eastern Ukraine after a week waiting for permission to cross the border. (Reuters)

Video Russian Convoy Begins Rolling Into Ukraine; Kyiv Decries 'Invasion'

A senior Ukrainian security official has accused Russia of invading Ukraine after a humanitarian aid convoy entered the country without a Red Cross escort, but says Kyiv will not attack the trucks. More

Russian Food Regulatory Agency Targets U.S. Whiskey

A regional branch of Russia's food regulatory agency Rospotrebnadzor claims U.S.-made whiskey Jack Daniel's contains a substance also used for insect poisoning. More

A Moscow city worker takes a selfie while atop the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment building in Moscow to remove the Ukrainian flag mounted there overnight on August 19-20.

Four Russians Under House Arrest For Ukrainian Flag Stunt

A Russian court has ordered house arrest for four Muscovites accused of hanging a Ukrainian flag from a Soviet-era star atop a building near the Kremlin. More

Russia Detains Japanese Whaling Vessel

Tokyo says Russia has seized a Japanese whaling patrol vessel after it allegedly entered the country's territorial waters. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Poroshenko To Urge Rebel Withdrawal

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he would ask Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to withdraw pro-Moscow militants from Ukrainian territory. More

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Abkhazia Braces For Tumultuous Presidential Vote

On August 24, voters in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region will elect a new president to succeed Aleksandr Ankvab, who stepped down in early June after protesters stormed the presidential administration building. More
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Cystic-Fibrosis Patients Relieved As Russia Lifts Ban On Life-Saving Product

Russians suffering from cystic fibrosis are breathing a sigh a relief after their country lifted its ban on special food supplements, vital to the survival of many patients.

Interview: Economist Says Food Ban 'Certainly Against Russian Economic Interests'

Sergei Guriyev, former dean of the prestigious New Economics School in Moscow who left Russia in 2013 amid a crackdown on critics of the Kremlin, discusses Russia's ban on Western food imports and the dangers protectionist policies pose for the country's economic growth.

'Russian' Produce Often Has Western Origins, Says Grocery Magnate

The founder of one of Russia's largest grocery chains says that to produce "local" foodstuffs Western goods are often necessary -- a fact that is already leading to at least some backtracking on food sanctions by Russian officials.

Photogallery Moscow's McDonald's Fans Not Lovin' Closure

Many Muscovites are scratching their heads -- and gritting their teeth -- over a decision by Russia's consumer watchdog to temporarily close at least three McDonald's restaurants in the capital. Among them is the first-ever McDonald's in Moscow, the iconic restaurant on Pushkin Square, which first opened 25 years ago.

Explainer: Moscow's Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

Moscow's ban on food imports isn't just punishing the West for sanctions, it is also punishing Russian consumers with higher prices. We look at how the bans hurt Russians most.
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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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