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U.S. Lawmakers Introduce New Russian Sanctions Legislation

The chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced a new bill on September 16 stiffening sanctions against Russia and providing more military assistance to Ukraine. More

Vladimir Yevtushenkov, CEO of Sistema (file photo)

Russian Tycoon Yevtushenkov Arrested

The Russian Investigative Committee has announced the arrest for suspected money laundering of one of that country's richest men, AFK Sistema head Vladimir Yevtushenkov. More

Famous Russian Singer Kobzon Files Suit Against Latvia

Prominent Russian singer and lawmaker Iosif Kobzon has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights against the Latvian government over Riga's decision to ban him from performing in the Baltic country. More

Russia Approves $1.55 Billion Loan To Belarus

The Russian government has approved a draft agreement on allocating a state loan of $1.55 billion to Belarus in 2014. More

Russia's Richest Man Buys Up VKontakte

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly tycoon Alisher Usmanov has paid $1.5 billion to gain full control of one of Russia's most popular social media websites, VKontakte. 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

Gastronomy vs. Politics: Crimean Tatars Boycott Elections With Pies

Some Crimean Tatars spent September 14 cooking meat pies to boycott the first local elections since Russia annexed the peninsula they call home. More
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Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region's damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be "desolation."

Photogallery HRW Says Disabled Children In Russia Face Violence, Isolation, Neglect

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a new report in which it finds that nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they face violence, neglect, and isolation. HRW says that many children are needlessly removed from their parents, convinced by doctors that they are incapable of adequately caring for their offspring.

News Analysis: New Russia Sanctions Seen As Burning Slowly

The United States and the European Union have announced a new round of sanctions, but analysts see the measures having more of a long-term impact than an immediate one.

Self-Exiled Blogger: 'Crimea Is A Big Prison'

Crimea blogger Yelizaveta Bohutskaya says freedoms are dwindling in the annexed peninsula, which she fled this week after her home was raided by security forces.

Singing Trucker Hits Kremlin On All Cylinders

Vitriol meets diesel oil when a professional Ukrainian singer turned American truck driver gets behind the wheel.
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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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