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Border guards at Kyiv's Borispol airport (file photo)

Ukraine Restricting Russian Males From Entering Country

Ukraine is stepping up its border controls with Russia, restricting entry for Russian men of "fighting age," a spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine told RFE/RL. More

The April 17 meeting in Dushanbe included secretaries of the Security Councils of SCO member states China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

SCO Discusses Afghan Withdrawal

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have met in the Tajik capital to discuss regional security in the wake of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. More

EU Urges Russia Not To Halt Gas Supplies To Ukraine

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has appealed to Moscow not to halt gas deliveries to Ukraine. More

U.S. Senator John McCain described the West's response to Russian actions in Ukraine as "almost laughable."

McCain Urges Moldova's Euro Integration

U.S. Senator John McCain has reiterated his support for the continued integration of Moldova and Ukraine into European structures during a visit on April 17 to the Moldovan capital, Chisinau. More

Russian Journalists Held In Ukraine Freed

Three Russian television journalists who were detained in Ukraine's eastern region of Kharkiv have been released. More

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Russian Professor Explains Media Manipulation

Russian media coverage of the Ukraine crisis has been marked by constant disinformation. A professor at a prestigious Moscow university explains why it works. More
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Edward Snowden Asks Vladimir Putin A Question

What do you get when the most famous former NSA employee asks the most famous former KGB member for information on how his spying program works? A Russian propaganda victory, according to some.
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Kramatorsk Dispatch: Humiliating Capitulation Dampens Troops' Morale

The Ukrainian army is licking its wounds after a much-touted "anti-terrorist" operation to regain control of the country's east ended with pro-Russian separatists in Kramatorsk seizing six armored personnel carriers.
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Nervous Kyiv Authorities Post Civil Defense Notices -- And Then Take Them Down

Alarming notices appeared across Kyiv this week advising residents on what to do in case war breaks out -- including responding to sirens and using bomb shelters. But almost as soon as they’d appeared, the bulletins were taken down.
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Multimedia Horlivka Dispatch: Uneasy Calm Following Takeover

Horlivka, a sleepy industrial town in eastern Ukraine, is one of the latest cities to be gripped by separatist unrest in the country's Russian-leaning east.
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German Tabloid Campaigns For Removal Of Russian Tank Memorial

Germany's largest-circulation tabloid wants two Soviet tanks removed from a Berlin war memorial in protest of what it calls Russia's "hegemonic military policies" in Ukraine.
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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 Ivan Sigal, 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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