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Russia Burns Food For BMW Racing Team

Russia’s agricultural oversight agency has reportedly burned 1.5 tons of food imported for a BMW car racing team taking part in an event in Moscow. More

Organization Launched To Support Russian 'Volunteers' In Ukraine Conflict

A former leader of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has announced the launch of a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed. More

Estonia Plans Fence Along Russian Border

Estonia says it plans to build a fence along part of its eastern border with Russia to safeguard its security and protect the EU's passport-free Schengen Area. More

Final MH17 Crash Report Due In October

The Dutch Safety Board has announced that the final report into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year will be published on October 13. More

Seven Soldiers Killed In East Ukraine

A Ukrainian military spokesman says seven servicemen have been killed and 13 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours. More

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Report With Tally Of 'Russian War Casualties' Causes Stir

A Russian-language website has caused a stir with a report asserting that more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Just Say 'Nyet:' Hash Article, Cleaning Products Latest To Be Banned In Russia

Last week, California wines and French meat were attacked. Today, it's Wikipedia and washing detergents -- all part of the Kremlin's dizzying parade of bans and blacklists on foreign products since the West imposed sanctions on Russia last year.

Eight Russians Who Have Taken A Stand

On August 25, 1968, eight Soviet citizens were arrested on Red Square for protesting the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and most suffered years of exile or imprisonment for their quixotic gesture. Here are eight Russians who have suffered for protesting today.

As In 1968, A Few Brave Russians Swim Against The Tide

In 1968, eight Soviet citizens protested in Red Square against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Now many Russians are facing the same test of courage as they take public stands against the policies of President Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian 'Cyborg': 'They Tried To Break Me, But It Didn't Work'

Ukrainian paratrooper Oleksandr Mashonkin was captured after the hellish fighting at the Donetsk airport in January -- and thrust into another nightmare. The "cyborg," who was released in a prisoner exchange after 197 days in captivity in Donetsk, says he and fellow prisoners were beaten with “pipes, stools, table legs” and even a cross wielded by a priest.

Cultivating Ties: Ukraine Feeds China's Growing Appetite For Crops

Ukraine’s economy is reeling as the conflict with Russia-backed rebels in the east drags on, but all is not doom and gloom. Agriculture is on the rebound, and one of Moscow's geopolitical allies – China – has emerged as one of Ukraine’s biggest crop purchasers.

Gay-Pride Event Banned In Odesa

An Odesa court has banned a gay-pride festival that was originally planned for this weekend in the Ukrainian port city, saying the event could lead to violence.

The Crimes Of Russian Soldiers Abroad

As the trial of a Russian private accused of slaughtering an entire Armenian family in January gets under way in Gyumri on August 12, RFE/RL takes a look at some of the worst crimes Russian soldiers have been accused of committing abroad, off the battlefield.

Fields Of Wheat: Remembering Ukraine's Famine

After years of work and some setbacks, a memorial to the millions who perished in the Ukraine famine of the 1930s, or Holodomor, has been erected in the U.S. capital.

'Weakness' Fuels Russian Hostility To U.S.

Russia, and the Kremlin in particular, has an unhealthy and misguided obsession with U.S. power and intentions, former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul told RFE/RL in an interview.
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