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Kyrgyzstan's Modern Mullahs Adopt Smartphones, Social Mediai
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August 28, 2015
The Kyrgyz government has launched a training course teaching Muslim clerics to use digital technology. The initiative is meant to help counter extremist groups -- which recruit through social media -- by helping moderate religious leaders make their voices heard online. (Adilet Bektursunov, RFE/RL's Current Time program)

Kyrgyzstan's Modern Mullahs Adopt Smartphones, Social Media

The Kyrgyz government has launched a training course teaching Muslim clerics to use digital technology. The initiative is meant to help counter extremist groups -- which recruit through social media -- by helping moderate religious leaders make their voices heard online. (Adilet Bektursunov)

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Video New Stalin Monument Attracts Flowers, Vandals

A new statue of Josef Stalin has been erected in the city of Lipetsk. Some Russians are furious that the crimes of the Stalin era are being whitewashed by current officials, but others are eager to claim the dictator as a national hero.

Video For Many Tajik Children, Hard Labor Is A Fact Of Life

Poverty is rife across Tajikistan, and as many as 1 million Tajiks have gone abroad in search of jobs. The children of many migrants, and other struggling parents, wind up working to try to make ends meet. Across Tajikistan, kids work at factories and farms to help provide for their families.


Video Azerbaijani Police Clash With Protesters In Mingachevir

Police clashed with residents in the Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir on August 22, a day after a young Azerbaijani man was found dead after being questioned by local police. Police say the man jumped out of a window while being interrogated. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Migrants Teargassed At Greek-Macedonian Border

Macedonian riot police fired tear gas into crowds of migrants and refugees to cope with the growing surge of people trying to enter the country at its southern border with Greece. Here is our report on the unfolding human drama. (RFE/RL-VOA-Reuters)


Video Russian Hospitals Face Ban On Imported Medical Supplies

If a proposed law is passed in Russia's parliament, state purchases of most imported medical equipment and supplies would be banned. The ban would not apply to private medical businesses. RFE/RL's Current Time program looked at the potential impact on one of Moscow's top hospitals and its patients.

Video Afghan Migrants Struggle On Greek Island

Thousands of refugees fleeing violence in their countries or just seeking a better life in Europe have made their way to the Greek Island of Kos. As the travelers suffer in legal limbo, local and international officials struggle to deal with the influx.


Video After The Kursk, Anger Lives On

The relatives of the Russian sailors who died in the Kursk submarine disaster in 2000 are still looking for answers as to what happened -- and are increasingly frustrated by the authorities' response.

Video The Daily Vertical: From Info Wars To Psyops

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.


Video Hard Times In Luhansk

For almost a year, areas of eastern Ukraine under the control of Russia-backed separatists have been cut off from the rest of the country. The economic price is enormous. At the market in Luhansk, money is scarce and prices are soaring. The common refrain: ''Somehow, we're surviving."

Video UK Minister Blasts 'Russian-Inspired Terrorism' In Ukraine

The British defense secretary, Michael Fallon, has promised Kyiv continuing support against "Russian-inspired terrorism" in eastern Ukraine. Fallon was speaking as he visited British instructors conducting training exercises with Ukrainian troops in the Zhytomyr region, west of Kyiv, on August 11.


Video 'Rule By Madmen': The Khodorkovsky Trial In Cartoons

An exhibition in Prague documents the 2010 trial of Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in cartoons. A comment on the Russian justice system, it's titled simply "The Trial," a deliberate echo of Franz Kafka's famous novel -- in which the defendant is not even told what he is accused of.

Video Lukashenka Says Belarus Is Russia's Only Reliable Ally

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Russia would never infringe on his country's sovereignty. In an August 4 interview in Minsk with RFE/RL and two other independent media outlets, Lukashenka said a war between the countries would be a disaster. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)


Video 'Shelling Every Day' In Donbas Trenches

Talks in Minsk aimed at a pullback of weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine have remained at an impasse. That's unlikely to surprise the men of the Ukrainian armed forces entrenched near Donetsk airport. They say they are under daily shelling from pro-Russian separatists.

Video Yushchenko Calls Gerard Depardieu 'Misguided'

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko had harsh words for the French actor, Gerard Depardieu. Once considered a family friend, Yushchenko told RFE/RL in a July 30 interview that Depardieu's pro-Russian attitudes have "debased his nation." (RFE/RL's Belarusian Service)


Video Vox Pop: Complaints About Rising Prices In Crimea

In Crimea, some say prices have skyrocketed since the annexation of the Ukrainian territory by Russia in March 2014. RFE/RL spoke to people in Simferopol and Nikolaevka about the prices of things like fruits and vegetables and taxi rides. (Crimean Desk of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

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Kazakhs Protest Latest Russian Rocket Launchi
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August 28, 2015
Kazakh environmentalists demonstrated in Astana on August 28 as Russia launched a Proton rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, the site of a rocket crash and major fuel spill earlier this year.
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Video Kazakhs Protest Latest Russian Rocket Launch

Kazakh environmentalists demonstrated in Astana on August 28 as Russia launched a Proton rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, the site of a rocket crash and major fuel spill earlier this year.
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Video Pakistanis Burn Indian Flag After Border Shooting

Demonstrators in Peshawar held an angry protest on August 28 after Indian and Pakistani border guards traded fire in Kashmir, killing nine civilians.
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Video Stream Of Refugees Continues Through Serbia

Thousands of refugees and other migrants were continuing their long journeys through Serbia toward the Hungarian border, where authorities are racing to finish a fence to block further entries.
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Video Russian Soldiers Sentenced For Murder In Tajikistan

A Russian military court at a base in Tajikistan on August 26 sentenced two Russian servicemen to long prison terms for killing a Tajik taxi driver. One of the defendants confessed the killing followed a dispute over money.
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Video Tajikistan Hosts Joint Military Exercises Targeting Drug Trade

Special forces from the six members countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization held military exercises in Tajikistan designed to improve efforts against drug trafficking, a major cause of instability in the region.

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Scenes Of Tragedy

The Downing Of MH17

Armenia -- A demonstrator holds an Armenian flag as others shout slogans during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan, June 25, 2015
Electric Yerevan

Protests Gain Power

Nightlife In Donetsk

Drinking After Curfew

Kids On Parade

Russia's 'Child Soldiers'

Georgia -- Georgian national game "Leloburti" in Shukhuti, Region of Guria. 12Apr2015
Georgian 'Lelo'

A Muddy, Bloody Game

Armenian Diaspora

'There Is Only The Earth'

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