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Ukraine -- Former Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili shows off his identification card as the head of an advisory council in Kiev, February 17, 2015

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Eyes Saakashvili As New Odesa Governor

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is considering appointing Mikheil Saakashvili, the fiercely pro-Western former president of Georgia, as governor of Ukraine's southwestern Odesa region. More

Hollande, Merkel Urge 'Concrete Results' From Putin

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “rapidly” implement measures agreed under the Minsk cease-fire agreement. More

FIFA President Sepp Blatter reacts after he was reelected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 29.

Blatter Wins FIFA Presidency

Sepp Blatter has won the FIFA presidency for a fifth time in an election overshadowed by corruption allegations and arrests. More

Aleksandr Zakharchenko (file photo)

Ukraine Separatist Vows To Retake Towns

A self-proclaimed leader of the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has pledged to take control of cities controlled by Ukraine's government. More

Prime Ministers Chiril Gaburici of Moldova and Dmitry Medvedev meet in Burabay on May 29.

Moldova PM: 'European Choice' Not Anti-Russia

Moldovan Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici says he told Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev that Moldova's "European choice" was not directed against Russia. More

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Russian State Newspaper Duped By Parody About U.S. Military Strikes On FIFA

The Russian government’s official daily newspaper appears to have been duped by a satirical report stating that U.S. Senator John McCain supports American “military action” against FIFA after Switzerland this week arrested seven officials with global soccer’s governing body on corruption charges. More

Audio Podcast: Trolls, Censors, And Extremists -- Oh My!

A big chill has settled over the Russian Internet since the Kremlin's online crackdown. Or has it? More
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Ukrainian Bloggers Hunt Down Russian Soldiers In War-Torn East

Ukrainian bloggers are using social networks to track down alleged Russian soldiers fighting alongside separatist rebels in Ukraine's east. They say they are building a damning case against Russia.

Russian Grammar Enthusiast Questioned For 'Nazi' Sympathies

A Russian entrepreneur who helps organize the country's best-known competition on spelling and syntax has been questioned by prosecutors as a suspected "grammar Nazi."

Fear, Conspiracy, And Loathing As Russians React To FIFA Arrests

Before the Kremlin commented on the shocking legal drama unfolding over alleged activities at global soccer authority FIFA, the Russian Internet and other media lit up as Russians reacted to news of investigations that could cast a harsh light on Russia's successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Lenin Slept Here, And Was Expelled -- Kazan 'Red Tour' Marketed To Chinese

Russia is trying to attract Chinese tourists to Tatarstan's capital, Kazan, with a "red tour" of communism's historic sites -- bragging not only that Lenin once slept there, but was also expelled from university there as a young revolutionary.

Arrests Put Spotlight On FIFA Corruption Allegations

Long dogged by allegations of corruption, FIFA is facing fresh -- and more importantly, concrete -- charges of graft leading all the way to the upper echelons of power in world soccer's governing body.
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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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