Friday, October 24, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Fugitive Kazakh Banker To Be Extradited

An appellate court in the French city of Lyon has authorized the extradition of fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov.
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Ukraine’s Euromaidan Drives Up Price Of...Illegal Vote Buying

Some Ukrainians are still prepared to sell their votes -- even in the wake of the Euromaidan uprising against corruption and sleaze. But the price tag has spiked significantly amid a state crackdown on the practice.
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Ukraine's Heating Crisis Triggers Fire Sale Of Rare Plants At Kyiv Botanical Garden

The central botanical garden in Ukraine's capital is selling off scores of exotic plants on the cheap after it closed various greenhouses amid looming central-heating woes and the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis.
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Ukraine Conflict Displaces More Than 800,000

The United Nations says the conflict in Ukraine has forced more than 800,000 people from their homes.
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Yanukovych-Era Health Minister Wanted For Embezzlement

Ukraine's prosecutor-general has added former deputy prime minister and health minister Raisa Bohatyrova to a wanted list for alleged embezzlement.
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End Of The Orange-Blue Divide: Ukraine Vote May Produce New Political Landscape

As Ukrainians go to the polls on October 26, a new, pro-European consensus seems to be forming, as even ethnic-Russian Ukrainians look skeptically at Vladimir Putin's Russia.
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Tusk Denies Ukraine Partition Claim

Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, has denied that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Russia and Poland carve up Ukraine.
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U.S. Urges Ukrainians To Vote

The United States is urging all Ukrainians, including those in rebel-controlled areas in the east as well as the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula, to vote in upcoming parliamentary elections.
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Ukraine PM Warns Of Russia Destabilizing Vote

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is warning that Russia could attempt to disrupt his country's parliamentary elections on October 26.
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Video 'He Was Just A Boy' -- Russian Mother Grieves For Son Killed In Ukraine

Eighteen-year-old Yevgeny Pushkaryov was buried last week near St. Petersburg after being killed in eastern Ukraine. His mother says Russian television reports prompted the teenager to secretly join the separatist movement.
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