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Ukraine Calls Moscow's Bluff

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Video Interview: Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva

Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva, who was the interim leader in the wake of her country's 2010 revolution, spoke with RFE/RL's Tajik Service in Prague about unresolved border issues in Central Asia, the growing threat of radicalism, and Russia's role in the region.

Video Azov Battalion Fights Rebels Near Mariupol

A former resort town near Mariupol on the Sea of Azov is largely abandoned now, patrolled by Ukrainian troops on one side and Russia-backed separatists on the other.


Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's G-Word Problem

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 As Russia's Economy Suffers, Young Family Tightens Its Belt

For over a year, Russia has been feeling the economic impact of a falling ruble, collapsing world energy prices, and Western sanctions. For Russian citizens, the downturn translates into a soaring cost of living that requires major adjustments at work and at home.


Video Illegal Amber Digging Lays Waste To Ukrainian Forest

Industrial-scale mining is causing devastation to swaths of forest in western Ukraine. The country's Interior Ministry says the business is controlled by criminal gangs that make up to $500 million a year. Despite the fact that the activity is illegal, the gangs carry out their work quite openly.

Video Young Activist Rises To Forefront In Armenian Protests

Vaghinak Shushanian celebrated his 24th birthday this week among thousands of fellow protesters fighting rising electricity prices in Armenia. Shushanian is already a veteran activist who advocates for change on a wide range of social causes.


Video Kadyrov Fumes As Sanctions Hit Horses

Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov has been left fuming by the impact of Western sanctions on one of his favorite hobbies – his stable of racehorses. Restrictions have been imposed on the the horses in a number of countries,and he accused the West of harming “horses’ rights.”

Video Fight The Power: Armenian Woman Boycotts Electricity As Protests Grow

Thousands of Armenians have rallied in Yerevan this week to protest against rising electricity prices. Hasmik Khachikian, a seamstress and single mother, has joined the demonstrations in the streets, but is also staging her own protest at home by refusing to pay for power.


Video Armenian Protestors Confront Police

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, 12 hours after police had violently broken up an earlier demonstration. Defying the crackdown, the protesters marched towards the police lines and chanted slogans.

Video What Do Ukrainians Think Of Yanukovych's Latest Appearance?

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spoke to BBC television in Moscow in his first extended interview with Western media since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service asked residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk for their reactions.


Video Death-Defying Tractor Treat

Residents of Ukraine's central Cherkasy region didn't let the conflict to the east interfere with a bit of fun during their fourth annual Tractor Fest. Farmers and others in the village of Yablunivka showed off their skills as they stacked hay bales and sliced cake with machine-operated tools.

Video Scientists Race To Solve Riddle Of Kazakh Saiga Deaths

Around 40 percent of the critically endangered Saiga antelope have died in Kazakhstan in recent months. Western scientists say there's no evidence for local speculation about fuel spills from Russian rockets causing the die-off -- but are still scratching their heads as to what's behind it.


Video Breaking HIV Prejudice In Moldova

In Moldova, stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS remains widespread, and many sufferers have also been subjected to discrimination. This spring, a campaign was launched in which HIV-positive people agreed to have their photos proudly displayed on billboards with the slogan "my condition is not a secret."

Video Migrants Stream Through Macedonia To Reach EU

Macedonia has become a major transit country for migrants trying to reach the more prosperous parts of the European Union. The Macedonian Unit of RFE/RL's Balkan Service met some of the people making the long journey across southeastern Europe in search of better opportunities.


Video Saakashvili Gets Down To Business In Odesa

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has begun his new role as the governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, where he has pledged to modernize institutions and root out corruption. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service followed Saakashvili as he met with Odesa residents and introduced his new police chief.

Video A Look Behind Separatist Lines In Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian forces repelled an attack by Russia-backed separatists on the town of Maryinka, west of Donetsk, on June 14. One separatist unit on the front lines is known as "The Fifteen," because its fighters come from across the 15 post-Soviet states.


Video Dramatic Battles Rock Ukrainian Village

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service has brought further dramatic evidence that the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is not being observed. Video shot in the village of Pisky on June 6 shows Ukrainian troops defending the village with machine guns, and taking cover in trenches.

Video Donetsk Artist Fights Guns With Mockery

Serhiy Zakharov was imprisoned and beaten by Russian-backed separatists for poking fun at their rule. He has since fled the city, and is now on a tour of European galleries with a provocative installation.


Video Russian-Made Uniforms Aid Separatists

Moscow maintains that it is not directly involved in the separatist conflict in Ukraine, but a steady flow of so-called volunteers from Russia are signing up to fight -- and some businesses are also contributing. One businessman has turned his factory over to producing uniforms for separatists.

Video Dramatic Aerial Footage Of Deadly Fire Near Kyiv

A massive fire broke out at a fuel depot near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on June 9, when this footage was taken. At least five people died in the blaze, including three firemen. Emergency crews continued to battle the fire on June 10, but officials said there is no threat of the blaze spreading.

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Armenian Protesters Throw Down EU Flag In Yerevani
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July 03, 2015
Participants in the ongoing protests against electricity price hikes in Yerevan scuffled with a politician waving an EU flag late on July 2. Protest leaders said that their movement is nonpolitical, and that they don't want to add fuel to Russian claims that they are politically aligned.
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Video Armenian Protesters Throw Down EU Flag In Yerevan

Participants in the ongoing protests against electricity price hikes in Yerevan scuffled with a politician waving an EU flag late on July 2. Protest leaders said that their movement is nonpolitical, and that they don't want to add fuel to Russian claims that they are politically aligned.
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Video Kazan Residents Protest Over 'Nazarbaev Street'

The mayor of Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, apologized to protesters angered by the renaming of a street in honor of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But the mayor stopped short of offering to reverse the decision.
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Video Separatists Withdraw From Ukrainian Coastal Towns

Pro-Russian separatists have withdrawn from Sakhanka, Shyrokyne, and other nearby towns on the Sea of Azov. Visiting one town with OSCE observers, rebel leaders called on Ukrainian government forces to demilitarize the coastal region as well.
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Video Armenian Police Withdraw Water Cannon From Protest Camp

Armenian police announced they had withdrawn water cannon from the protest camp in central Yerevan on July 2, where only a small number of protestors remain.
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Video Moldovans Dump Shoes In Protest At Central Bank

Protestors dumped old shoes outside the central bank as they called on its governor to resign after what they called "the theft of the century."

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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'

Casualties Of War

Abandoned In Debaltseve

World's End

Remains Of The Gulag

Ukraine Crisis

Children Of War

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