Wednesday, September 03, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

Obama Arrives In Estonia

U.S. President Barack Obama is due to meet with the presidents of the three Baltic countries on September 3 ahead of a NATO summit at which Russia's moves in Ukraine will feature prominently on the agenda.
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Russian Photographer Confirmed Killed

The Russian media conglomerate Rossiya Segodnya has confirmed that photographer Andrei Stenin, who went missing last month in Ukraine, is dead.
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Video Kremlin: Comment On Capturing Kyiv 'Taken Out Of Context'

The Kremlin has backtracked after President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying his military could capture Kyiv in two weeks if he gave the order, while Ukrainian government forces suffered new losses in the fighting against separatists the West says are backed by Russian soldiers.
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Crimea Chief Says Gays Not Needed

The senior official in Crimea says sexual minorities "have no chance" on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.
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Putin Reportedly Tells EU: 'If I Want, I Can Take Kyiv In Two Weeks'

Vladimir Putin has reportedly warned the European Union that the Russian military could take Kyiv in two weeks if he gave the order.
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Mogherini Praises Moldova's 'West' Path

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, who will be the next EU foreign affairs chief, has praised Moldova for choosing "the path of going toward the West."
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Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists

After enduring a night of beatings at the hands of rebel forces, she was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection, and subjected to public humiliation and physical attacks. Irina Dovgan, a woman detained and accused by pro-Russian separatists of spying for Ukrainian forces, tells her story.
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Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
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Nazarbaev: Astana Could Quit EES

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said his country could quit an economic alliance with Russia and Belarus if membership ever threatens its independence.
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Ukraine Troops Abandon Airport; Int'l Talks Adjourn

Ukrainian military officials say government forces have pulled back from the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk following clashes with pro-Russian separatists.
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