Friday, December 19, 2014


News and Features from Eastern Europe

U.S. Calls On Belarus To Release Political Prisoners

The United States is calling on Belarus to release all of its “political prisoners” ahead of the fourth anniversary of a crackdown that resulted in the jailing of hundreds of opposition activists.
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Tusk: Russia Is EU's Biggest 'Challenge'

European Council President Donald Tusk says the European Union needs a strategy for dealing with Russia that lasts for years, not months.
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Obama Signs Ukraine Aid Bill

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill authorizing new sanctions against Russia on December 18 but said that he would not impose them "at this time."
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EU Adopts Tougher Crimea Sanctions

The European Union on December 18 agreed new sanctions against Moscow-annexed Crimea as EU leaders prepared to discuss a "tough and responsible" strategy toward Russia following its involvement in Ukraine.
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Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.
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Video Migrants Take Hit From Ruble's Freefall

The crash of the ruble has meant lost income and opportunity for the millions of labor migrants who depend on Russia for their livelihoods.
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Belarus Activist Released

An activist of the unregistered opposition Young Front organization in Belarus, Eduard Lobau, was released on December 18 after four years in prison.
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Activist Vows Belarusians Will See Film On 'Disappeared' Lukashenka Critics

A Belarusian rights activists says her compatriots will be able to view her new documentary about critics of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka who disappeared 15 years ago.
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Putin To Hold News Conference

The economy and international affairs will be key topics at Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference on December 18.
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