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U.S. President Barack Obama announces more sanctions banning trade with Crimea.

Obama Bans U.S. Trade With Crimea

U.S. President Barack Obama has issued an executive order banning U.S. exports of goods, technology or services to Ukraine's Crimea region. More

Belarus's Alyaksandr Lukashenka (left) and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbaev will then travel to Moscow.

Belarusian, Kazakh Leaders To Visit Kyiv

The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan will visit Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early next week. More

FIFA Says No New World Cup Voting For 2018, 2022

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said December 19 that a report alleging misconduct in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be published but there will be no new vote on whether Russia and Qatar would host the events More

The trip would be the first foreign visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center), 31, since he assumed leadership of the isolated and tightly controlled East Asian state in 2011.

North Korea's Kim Invited To Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Moscow next spring. More

Aleksei Navalny made light of the prosecutors' request in a posting on Twitter.

Prosecutors Seek 10 Years For Navalny

Russian prosecutors have asked a court to sentence opposition leader Aleksei Navalny to 10 years in prison in a theft case the critic of President Vladimir Putin says is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent. More

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Putin Warns Kadyrov In Connection With Reprisals Against Militants’ Families

In the course of his annual press conference on December 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin made clear his disapproval of the reprisals undertaken against the families of the fighters who attacked Grozny on December 4. More
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St. Petersburg Teacher Latest Victim In Antigay Campaign

A teacher who worked with disabled children is the latest educator fired for being in violation of Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" law.

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.

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.

Blame Game Begins As Ruble Plummets

Economists say the collapse of the ruble is due to a combination of Western sanctions and the uncontrollable drop in world oil prices. But many Russians are still searching for particular countries or people to blame. We look at some of the most popular scapegoats.

U.S. Says Russia Sanctions Vindicated As Ruble Tumbles

As Russia’s currency plunges, the Obama administration is delivering a message about the impact of Western sanctions: We told you so.
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.

Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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