Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Nadia Zaslavska now lives in Kyiv and says she will never go back to Donetsk, which was her home for more than three decades.

'I Will Never Return To Donetsk' -- Conflict Reduces One Woman's Life To Rubble

Nadia Zaslavska lost everything she had in eastern Ukraine, including the "dream house" house she built and decorated herself. She looks back at the war that devastated her life. More

Kazakh Culture and Sports Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly (file photo)

Kazakh Minister's Remarks Spark Anger In Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan's culture minister has sparked resentment with remarks about neighboring Kyrgyzstan and its turbulent recent history. More

Khadija Ismayilova: "I am not a toy to be exchanged for diplomatic gain by Baku or Washington."

Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs well for RFE/RL investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova's appeal this week for prison release. But it's far from certain that President Ilham Aliyev will be swayed by either condemnation or largesse in her particular case. More

Zhanat Esentaev could face up to seven years in jail if he is charged. (file photo)

Kazakh Clampdown On Land Protests Leaves 'People's Bard' Behind Bars

One of the most outspoken opponents of Kazakh plans to dispense with huge swaths of land is a folksy singer who's not afraid to pick a fight with the government. More

More than 5,000 air, sea and ground troops take part in a multinational NATO maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region near Ustka, Poland, in June 2015.

Warning Of War, Ex-Deputy Commander Says NATO Must Counter 'Russian Adventurism' In Baltics

A former NATO deputy supreme commander is warning that the alliance could find itself in a full-fledged armed conflict with Russia within a year if it does not strongly step up its presence in the Baltic states. More


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