Monday, September 15, 2014

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Ruling Party Ahead In Russian Elections

Ruling United Russia Party candidates are reportedly winning in several areas as preliminary results from Russia's regional elections are being announced. More

There are at least 200 trucks in the Russian convoy

Russian Convoy Trucks Reach Luhansk

The first trucks from a Russian aid convoy have reached the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. More

Supreme Lama Of Tuva Dies

The Buddhist leader of Russia's Tuva region has died after a serious illness. More

European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht speaks to the press following a trilateral meeting between the EU, Russia, and Ukraine on the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Brussels on September 12.

EU, Kyiv Delay Free Trade Pact

The European Union and Ukraine have delayed the application of their deep and comprehensive free-trade agreement (DCFTA) by 15 months -- to December 31, 2015. More

Women walk past a Sberbank office in Moscow on September 12.

U.S. Expands Sanctions Against Russia

The United States has announced another round of sanctions aimed to punish Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, targeting defense, energy, and banking sectors. More

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Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

LIVE Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have force-marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war along the city's main street in a bid to mock Kyiv's Independence Day celebrations. More

One Year After Leader’s Death, North Caucasus Insurgency Soldiers On

While Doku Umarov’s death has had only minimal impact on the military capabilities of the Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus, it nonetheless ushered in a new stage in the ongoing evolution of the Chechen-dominated resistance of the late 1990s and early 2000s into a supranational force. More
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Features & Commentary

News Analysis: New Russia Sanctions Seen As Burning Slowly

The United States and the European Union have announced a new round of sanctions, but analysts see the measures having more of a long-term impact than an immediate one.

Self-Exiled Blogger: 'Crimea Is A Big Prison'

Crimea blogger Yelizaveta Bohutskaya says freedoms are dwindling in the annexed peninsula, which she fled this week after her home was raided by security forces.

Singing Trucker Hits Kremlin On All Cylinders

Vitriol meets diesel oil when a professional Ukrainian singer turned American truck driver gets behind the wheel.

Photogallery After An Era Of New Horizons, EU Turns Its Gaze Inward

The incoming European Commission has indicated that further enlargement will no longer be a priority for the 28-member bloc. What does that mean for EU hopefuls to the east and south?

In Russia, Orthodox Radical Ponders Putin's Divinity

A radical Orthodox activist says God is inside Vladimir Putin, a claim that lies at the more extreme end of an often surreal grassroots personality cult surrounding the Russian leader.
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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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