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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (right),acting President Oleksandr Turchynov (left) delivered an address together on television. (file photo)

Ukraine's PM Outlines Plans For Constitutional Reforms

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and acting President Oleksandr Turchynov have spoken about constitutional reform in a joint television address. More

Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, wearing a military uniform, addresses a State Duma session in Moscow on April 15.

Duma Head Apologizes For Zhirinovsky

The speaker of Russia's State Duma has condemned as offensive recent behavior by eccentric ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky. More

Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman

Moldova Awaits Russian Reaction To Transdniester's Appeal

Moldova's government says it is still waiting for a "very clear" Russian reaction to a recent address by lawmakers in the breakaway region of Transdniester. More

WATCH: Pro-Russia separatists occupying public buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk refused to leave the sites despite an international agreement saying all seized buildings must be returned to their owners. (Reuters)

Video Pro-Russia Radicals Refuse To Back Down

Pro-Russia radicals occupying official buildings in eastern Ukraine say they will only leave if the pro-Western government in Kyiv resigns. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of the Geneva talks.

Deal Reached At Ukraine Talks

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union have announced agreement on measures aimed at defusing the crisis in Ukraine. More

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Ingush Human Rights Activist Unfazed By Reports Death Squad Closing In On Him

Magomed Mutsolgov, head of the Mashr human rights nongovernmental organization (NGO), which celebrated its ninth anniversary on April 14, has affirmed that he has no intention of either abandoning his human rights activities or modifying his way of life in response to a recent blog post claiming that Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has dispatched a hit squad to Ingushetia with orders to kill him. More

Podcast: The Putin Show Goes Global

Vladimir Putin's annual call in show is always an event. But with the Ukraine crisis, this year's took on ominous and global overtones. More
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Features & Commentary

Geneva Accords Not A Hit On The Maidan

Activists occupying Kyiv's Independence Square are not thrilled with the agreement reached in Geneva this week to defuse Ukraine's ongoing crisis.

Video Jews Dragged Into Ukraine's Political Battle

A debate about an anti-Semitic flyer allegedly distributed at a synagogue in Donetsk is just the latest example of Jews being used as unwilling proxies in the battle for the moral high ground in Ukraine.

The Geneva Agreement -- On Paper And On the Ground

Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union have reached an agreement in Geneva on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine. We take a look at the key points in the agreement and the steps taken -- or not taken -- thus far to implement them.

Spies, Spooks, And Rock 'n' Roll At Twilight Of The Cold War

Was rock 'n' roll a secret weapon in the Cold War? A new documentary explores the impact of rock music on Soviet society.

Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin A Question

What do you get when the most famous former NSA employee asks the most famous former KGB member for information on how his spying program works? A Russian propaganda victory, according to some.
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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 Ivan Sigal, 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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