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Russian PM Slams 'Junk' Credit Rating

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says an international agency's decision to cut Russia's credit rating to junk level was driven by politics. More

2016 Set Date For Turkey Pipeline

Russian gas giant Gazprom says a natural gas pipeline to Turkey will be in service by the end of 2016. More

Russian Actor Put On Ukraine's 'Wanted List' For Shooting At Troops

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has added a prominent Russian actor to a wanted list for firing a machine gun towards Ukrainian armed forces in eastern Ukraine in October. More

Russian Deputy: Savchenko Cannot Be Released On Immunity Status

A senior Russian lawmaker says immunity granted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is no grounds for the release of a Ukrainian pilot who is in the seventh week of a hunger strike in a Russian jail. More

Batkivschyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko stands amid her fellow lawmakers at the parliamentary session on January 27.

Ukraine Parliament Calls Russia 'Aggressor State,' Seeks More Aid, Sanctions

Ukraine's parliament has adopted a statement branding Russia an "aggressor state," a move that deputies hope will pave the way for punishment under international law. More

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Ingush Oppositionist, Family Under Renewed Pressure

The Republic of Ingushetia authorities have launched what appears to be a clumsy attempt to compromise oppositionist Magomed Khazbiyev and members of his family in a bid to curtail his political activities. More

Video  Putin's Dangerous Fantasy Island

Does Putin believe his own hype? If he does, then we're in a very dangerous place, says Kremlin watcher Brian Whitmore in his latest Power Vertical blog post. More
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Disturbing Videos Raise War-Crimes Concerns In Ukraine

As Russian-backed rebels make gains in eastern Ukraine, battlefield videos are raising concerns that war crimes are being committed.

Litvinenko's Family Says Public Inquiry 'Only Chance' To Solve Killing, Find Closure

The widow and son of Aleksandr Litvinenko, the former KGB officer poisoned in 2006, believe the public inquiry that started in London will solve his killing and bring them a sense of closure.

News Analysis: How Syriza's Win Could Change EU Policy On Russia

The electoral victory by Greece's far-left Syriza party is already shaking up Europe's financial markets, but the impact on EU foreign policy could be equally important.

Mariupol: A Strategic And Symbolic Target For Pro-Russian Rebels

In launching an offensive against the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol, pro-Russian separatists have selected a target of both strategic and symbolic importance in their bloody conflict with the government in Kyiv.

Analysis: Ukraine's $50 Billion Question

Can tens of billions of dollars in Western aid jumpstart Ukraine's embattled economy or does Kyiv need the current crisis as a stimulus to implement reforms that it has avoided for the past two decades?
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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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