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Finance Minister: Sanctions Cost Russia $40 Billion A Year

Russia's finance minister says his country stands to lose some $40 billion per year due to Western sanctions More

Kyrgyzstan Debates 'Foreign Agent' Law

Kyrgyzstan's parliament is discussing a controversial bill that would impose "foreign agent" status on nongovernmental organizations receiving funds from abroad. More

French Far Right Party Took Loan From Russian Bank

France's far-right National Front party, led by Marine Le Pen, says it has borrowed 9 million euros from a Russian lender More

Viktor Tikhonov coached the intimidating Soviet team that was upset by the United States in a 1980 Olympic semifinal match known as the "Miracle on Ice."

Russian Hockey Coach Tikhonov Dies

Legendary Soviet and Russian ice hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov has died at age 84. More

Abkhaz leader Raul Khajimba says the pact is based on "equal relations between two sovereign states," but critics within Abkhazia say its leaders are ceding too much control to Moscow.

Russia To Sign New Pact With Abkhazia

Russia and Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region are set to sign an "Allied Relations and Strategic Partnership" treaty that Tbilisi has condemned as a step toward Russian annexation of the separatist Black Sea province. More

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Kabardino-Balkaria Court To Try Man Accused Of Fighting In Syria

A court in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria is set to open proceedings on November 24 against a 22-year-old man accused of fighting with militant groups in Syria. More
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Features & Commentary

'They Want To Frighten People' -- Donetsk Native Recalls Captivity In Rebel-Held City

Donetsk native Svitlana Matushko spent seven days in the basement of the former Ukrainian secret services building in the eastern Ukrainian city. She tells how the separatist authorities there are using terror to push out all those who oppose their agenda.
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Children-404: LGBT Support Group In Kremlin's Crosshairs

Since 2013, the support group Children-404 has been providing an online safe haven for gay Russian teens to discuss their hopes and fears. And now the authorities want to put a stop to that.
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Video Faces Of The Maidan: Where Are They Now?

One year after the beginning of the Maidan protest movement that changed the course of Ukraine's history, RFE/RL went back to talk to some of the memorable people who were heavily involved in those tumultuous events.
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Video Russian Oysters? Foie Gras? Not A Problem, Say Farmers In Sanctions-Hit Russia

Initiatives are cropping up across Russia to replace Western food products banned by Moscow. But consumers are already feeling the sting of sanctions.
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Embattled Ekho Moskvy’s Long Record Of Riling Officials

For nearly 25 years, the Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy has been targeted by officials in Moscow over its fiercely independent reporting and commentary. Here’s a look at four examples of the radio station’s run-ins with powerful officials in Moscow.
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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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