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At Least 15 Killed In Russian Bus Collision

A collision by two buses in Russia's Far East has killed at least 15 people. More

Kremlin Downplays OSCE Report Of Russian Troops In Eastern Ukraine

The Kremlin on August 4 played down a report by OSCE monitors who found an armed man in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine who identified himself and a group of uniformed soldiers as a members of Russia’s armed forces. More

Russian Man Detained For Killing Wife, Six Children

A man suspected of killing and dismembering his six children and pregnant wife in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod has been detained in central Russia, a spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry's Vladimir region said. More

Tehran Hosts Talks To End War In Syria

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Tehran on August 4 for talks with Iranian and Russian officials aimed at ending the four-year-old war in his country. More

Ukraine Deaths Rise As Peace Talks Falter

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko convened his generals on August 4 amid signs that his latest bid to negotiate an end to clashes with pro-Russian rebels is faltering while violence is rising. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: RIP, Robert Conquest

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More

Is Minsk Dead?

It increasingly looks like Russia is giving up on the Minsk agreement as a means to achieve its goals in Ukraine and is looking for other means to pressure Kyiv. More
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Fugitive Ex-Kremlin 'Cashier': Putin 'Did Not Want To Be President'

Sergei Pugachyov, a self-exiled former Kremlin insider accused of financial wrongdoing in Russia, says Vladimir Putin initially resisted the push to make him president but ultimately went on to build a fearsome kleptocracy.

A Penchant For Fancy Watches

At an estimated $620,000, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov may have the most expensive watch. But among the Russian and Ukrainian political elite, he’s certainly not the only one who enjoys wearing his wealth on his wrist.

Crimea: 'Cheap, Beautiful, And Ours'

Russian tourists are being enticed to vacation in Crimea by ads that portray the annexed peninsula as the ultimate holiday destination. The truth is a little more unsettling.

Prominent Linguist To Leave Russia

Russian-language linguist Ilya Frank intends to join the growing number of disillusioned Jews leaving Vladimir Putin's Russia for Israel. He says he doesn't want his 6-year-old daughter to attend schools suffused with "Nazi propaganda."

Russia 'Will Probe With A Bayonet'

The U.S. State Department's coordinator for sanctions policy says he believes Western sanctions are keeping Russian aggression in check but that "patience and determination" are critical to their success.
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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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