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New Russian Sub Test-Fires ICBM

Russia's Defense Ministry said on November 28 the "Aleksandr Nevsky" had test fired a "Bulava" ICBM from an underwater position in the Barents Sea off the northwest coast of Russia. More

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak announced the need for budget adjustments with the ruble at record lows.

Falling Oil Prices Hint At Russian Budget Rethink

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said recent falling oil prices on world markets necessitate adjustments in Russia's 2015 state budget. More

Russian Ruble Hits Historic Lows

The Russian ruble has fallen to historic inter-day lows against both the dollar and euro in the wake the OPEC oil cartel's decision not to cut production despite a huge oversupply in world markets. More

Patria party leader Renato Usatii has vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Pro-Russian Party Loses Moldova Appeal

A court in Moldova has upheld a ban on a new pro-Russian party to compete in the November 30 elections. More

Passengers Push Plane In Siberia In Freezing Temperatures

Dozens passengers in the Siberian town of Igarka got out to push a Russian airliner that was stuck on the runway amid temperatures below 50 degrees Celsius. More

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Kabardino-Balkaria Man Gets Four Years For Fighting In Syria

The 22-year-old man had pleaded guilty to being in Syria, but said he had gone there to protect Circassian women and children. Syria has had an ethnic Circassian community since the early 1860s, when the Russian-Circassian war of 1864 forced them to migrate from their homeland. More
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Crimean Tatars Cry Foul Following Latest Arrest

Crimean Tatars are denouncing a sweeping crackdown on their community following the detention of a fourth man over clashes with police earlier this year. Crimean Tatar leaders have opposed the annexation of their peninsula by Russia.

East Or West? Divided Moldova's Tense Election Season Comes Down To The Wire

On November 30, voters will weigh in on the European-integration path Moldova has followed actively since 2009. But the country is deeply divided, and forces supporting closer relations with Moscow and the Russia-led customs union are making themselves heard.

Matthew Shepard’s Parents Take LGBT Tolerance Message To Russia

The parents of a gay American student whose 1998 murder helped inspire federal U.S. hate-crimes legislation traveled to Russia this week for screenings of a documentary about their son’s tragic life and the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

'Last Address' Project Aims To Honor Victims Of Soviet Repression

A citizen-funded commemorative project run by liberal journalists is aiming to install memorial plaques across the country in honor victims of Soviet repression.

Kremlin Whistle-Blower: 'Putin Has No Option But To Stay In Power'

Sergei Kolesnikov, a former ally of Vladimir Putin now living in self-imposed exile, says the Russian leader will go to any lengths to stay in power and avoid criminal prosecution. In an undisclosed location, Kolesnikov spoke to RFE/RL about Kremlin corruption, the war in Ukraine, and whether Putin will play the nuclear card.
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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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