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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev speaks to Khabar television.

Nazarbaev: Astana Could Quit EES

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has said his country could quit an economic alliance with Russia and Belarus if membership ever threatens its independence. More

People gather at School No.1 on September 1 to commemorate the victims of the 2004 Beslan school siege.

Thousands Gather To Remember Beslan

Thousands of people have gathered at the ruins of a school in the southern Russian town of Beslan to remember victims of an attack 10 years ago that killed 334 people, including 186 children. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko waves to cadets at a military academy in Kyiv on September 1. Poroshenko said the events of the past few days show Russia has launched a "direct and open aggression" against Ukraine.

Ukrainian Troops Abandon Luhansk Airport

Ukrainian military officials say government forces have pulled back from the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk following clashes with pro-Russian separatists. More

Putin In Yakutsk For China Pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the Siberian city of Yakutsk on September 1 to launch the construction of a new natural gas pipeline to China. More

McDonald's Charity Could Face Russian Checks

A deputy in the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has called for an inspection of the activities of the Ronald McDonald House Charities organization. More

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Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

LIVE Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk have force-marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war along the city's main street in a bid to mock Kyiv's Independence Day celebrations. More

Chechens Now Fighting On Both Sides In Ukraine

A former Chechen rebel commander has appealed to the West to provide "comprehensive military assistance" to the Ukrainian people, whom he describes as victims of Russian imperial aggression, just as the Chechens were 20 years ago. More
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Features & Commentary

In Beslan, Struggle For A ‘New Life’ Decade After Tragedy

Nadezhda Guriyeva watched two of her children die in the 2004 Beslan school terrorist attack. The tragedy changed everything for the victims and their survivors. But 10 years later, a new life remains elusive for many.

Interview: Will A Tusk Presidency Help EU Look East?

RFE/RL speaks to Joanna Wajda, the Brussels correspondent for Polish public broadcaster TVP, about what to expect after Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was chosen as the president of the European Council.

Video A Troubled Return To School

As children across the world prepare to head back to school, those displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine are bracing for their first day of school -- far away from home.

News Analysis: Why EU Is Likely To Pick Newbie To Succeed Ashton

A foreign-policy neophyte viewed by eastern Europeans as being soft on Moscow is tipped to be the EU's new foreign policy chief. How come?

There's A Word For What's Going On In Ukraine... But What Is It?

It's been called everything from an "invasion" and an "incursion" to a "cross-border crisis" and "escalated aggression." We look at the difficulty of describing what, exactly, is taking place in Ukraine -- and what's stopping officials from using the word "war."
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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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