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John Tefft, pictured in May 2012, when he was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

Obama's Russia Envoy Nominee: U.S. Will 'Never Accept' Crimea Takeover

John Tefft also stressed that Washington cannot ignore Russia's "fundamental challenge to the international order" in the Ukraine crisis. More

A 2003 photo of Leonid Nevzlin

Ex-Yukos Official Satisfied With Court Award

But the defunct oil giant's former vice president, Leonid Nevzlin, also said it might take some time to see any of the $50 billion. More

U.S. Adds To Russian Sanctions List

Washington puts three banks and a shipbuilder on a list of companies to which U.S. nationals and firms are barred from providing longer-term financing or issuing equity. More

Tajik Troubles For Russian Social Network

Mail.ru is worried about an ongoing block of its social-media site in Tajikistan. More

Yevgeny Fyodorov, a member of Russia's State Duma, says the far-reaching proposals would allow the Russian government to restrict auditing and consulting companies registered in "aggressor countries" in their operations in Russia.

Russia Drafts Bill On 'Aggressor Countries'

Russian lawmakers have reportedly drafted amendments that would brand states that impose sanctions on Russia as "aggressor countries." More

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Russia's In The Driver's Seat, But China's Buying The Car

While Russia does maintain a series of levers in Central Asia -- cultural, economic, militaristic -- these levers will not remain in perpetuity. China doesn't yet dictate Central Asia's direction and sway, but it seems to be just a matter of time before it does.. More

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: MH17 Aftermath

LIVE A train carrying MH17 victims' remains has arrived in the city of Kharkiv, and Russian President Putin warns NATO not to beef up its eastern forces. More
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Few Want To Take Responsibility As Civilian Casualties Add Up In Ukraine War

As Kyiv closes in on separatist positions in eastern Ukraine, questions linger over civilian casualties.
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Photogallery World War I Anniversary: Five Historians, Two Questions

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, historians are still wondering how it started. Meanwhile many of the rest of us wonder if the global situation today is as perilous as it was on the eve of that cataclysm.
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Absent International Investigators, Western Journalists Build Case That Separatists Shot Down MH17

With Moscow criticizing U.S. intelligence assessments and international investigators largely unable to reach the disaster site, Western journalists have so far provided the closest thing to an investigation of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.
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In Ukraine Crisis, War Of Words Hits Wikipedia

A new Twitter trend shows how Russian, U.S., and Ukrainian government computers are being used to edit Wikipedia entries in an online tussle over the facts in the Ukraine standoff.
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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Rewriting The Ukraine Crisis

Getting the story straight on Ukraine is already hard. But the task is made even more difficult by information posted on the Internet that is subsequently "disappeared."
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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="http://www.ivansigal.net" 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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