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Russian Slams Latvian Agency Ban

Russia says Latvia's refusal to allow a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the Latvian capital, Riga, is a case of discrimination. More

Russia: Ukrainian Hostage Freed In Afghanistan

Russia says a Ukrainian who was being held prisoner by Afghan militants has been freed. More

Hollande, Merkel, Putin 'Back' Ukraine Truce Plan

The French Presidency says France, Germany, and Russia back plans for a complete cease-fire in eastern Ukraine from next week. More

KLM Drops Inflight Recording By Controversial, Ukrainian-Born Pianist

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has dropped a recording from its inflight playlist by a controversial Ukrainian-born classical pianist. More

Moody's Forecasts Russian Recession Will Extend Into 2016

Moody's Investors Service is forecasting that the deep recession in Russia this year will extend into 2016 as a result of the big drop in commodity prices and currencies caused by China's economic slowdown. More

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Audio Central Asia's Economic Crisis Arrives

When the price of oil started falling and Russia's economy began to weaken in 2014, it was clear the five Central Asian states would face economic difficulties. But Kazakhstan's recent devaluation, coupled with China's sudden downturn, herald the start of the bad economic times the region has been dreading. More

Russian Patriarch To Do Live Call-In

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church wants some time in the spotlight. More
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Features & Commentary

'The Worst Is Not Knowing': In Chechnya, An Endless, Agonizing Wait For The Missing

Hundreds of families in Chechnya have yet to bury relatives who disappeared in the two wars that devastated the region in Russia’s North Caucasus more than a decade ago. Ahead of the International Day of the Disappeared, marked on August 30, RFE/RL spoke to one couple still waiting for their son to be returned to them -- dead or alive.
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New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
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Report With Tally Of 'Russian War Casualties' Causes Stir

A Russian-language website has caused a stir with a report asserting that more than 2,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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Video Nemtsov Probe Stymied By 'Stonewall'

The investigation into the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has become a skirmish in a broader battle for power and influence between federal law-enforcement authorities and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
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Just Say 'Nyet:' Hash Article, Cleaning Products Latest To Be Banned In Russia

Last week, California wines and French meat were attacked. Today, it's Wikipedia and washing detergents -- all part of the Kremlin's dizzying parade of bans and blacklists on foreign products since the West imposed sanctions on Russia last year.
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Video

Video The Daily Vertical: Ukraine Names Names

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 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.


Video The Daily Vertical: Lessons From The Nemtsov Hit

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 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 Facing Bans On Detergents, Russians Say Soda Will Do

In the latest ban to hit foreign products in Russia, authorities have ordered stores to remove popular detergents and soaps from their shelves. Some Moscow residents say they don't want to replace their foreign products with domestic ones, but others are ready to use old-fashioned substitutes.

Video The Daily Vertical: A Song Of Defiance

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.


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