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A Ukrainian soldier watches from an armored vehicle with a Ukrainian flag in front of OSCE vehicles at a checkpoint in the village of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, on July 31.

Large Team Of Dutch, Australian Experts Gets To Work At MH17 Crash Site

A large team of international experts has gotten to work recovering bodies at the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17 in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine. More

Russia Releases Greenpeace Protest Ship

A ship used by the environmental organization Greenpeace to protest against Russian oil drilling in the Arctic is on its way to the Netherlands after being held for nearly a year by Russian authorities. More

Court Rejects Demand For Navalny Arrest

Russian prosecutors have called for the outspoken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny to be jailed after allegedly using the Internet in breach of his house arrest conditions. More

Ukrainian soldiers carry a wounded comrade on a stretcher, with a Ukrainian helicopter and other troops in the background, on July 31 in a field near Zaporizhya.

Ukraine Army Confirms 'Ambush' Deaths

An ambush by pro-Russian fighters near the town of Shakhtarsk, in the area where the Malaysian airliner fell two weeks ago, killed more than a dozen people, many of them soldiers, and injured many more. More

Russia's 'Blogger Law' Comes Into Force

A law seen by rights defenders as another move to curb freedom of expression has come into force in Russia as of August 1. More

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Social-Media Posts Belie Russian Denials About Ukraine Involvement

Moscow has called the war in Ukraine's east a domestic fight. Photos posted by soldiers near the border or in Ukraine seem to contradict these claims. More

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: MH17 Aftermath

LIVE A train carrying MH17 victims' remains has arrived in the city of Kharkiv, and Russian President Putin warns NATO not to beef up its eastern forces. More
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Features & Commentary

Ex-Kremlin Media Boss Hit With Call For Probe Over Pricey U.S. Real Estate

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (Republican-Mississippi) has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Mikhail Lesin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s former press minister, violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or laundered money by acquiring multimillion-dollar homes in the Los Angeles area.

Sham Twitter Feed Of U.S. 'Ambassador' To Russia Blocked

Somebody has set up a fake Twitter account for John Tefft, U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

New Sanctions May Severely Hurt Russian Economy

The combined U.S. and EU sanctions over Ukraine will put severe strains on Russia's economy, with effects that could last for years. We look at how and where they will hurt most.

Ten Weeks In The Hands Of Ukrainian Separatists

Ukrainian theater director Pavel Yurov and Denis Grishchuk, a Kyiv-based artist, were freed earlier this month after being held for 70 days by pro-Russian separatists. They shared their story with RFE/RL.

Few Want To Take Responsibility As Civilian Casualties Add Up In Ukraine War

As Kyiv closes in on separatist positions in eastern Ukraine, questions linger over civilian casualties.
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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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