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Gazprom Cuts Off Gas To Ukraine

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on July 1 it was halting all natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kyiv announced the immediate suspension of Russian gas purchases a day earlier. More

WATCH: Czech Leader Says Maintain Sanctions On Russia, But Work With Moscow On Terrorism

Video Czech PM Stresses Unity On Sanctions

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says it is essential that international sanctions against Russia continue until all sides in the Ukraine conflict meet the terms of a cease-fire deal agreed to in February. More

Firefighters Battle Forest Fire Near The Chernobyl Plant

Firefighters have been trying to contain a raging forest fire that started on the evening of June 29 in the exclusion zone near the destroyed Chornobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine. More

U.S. Export Bank, Expiring June 30, May Be Revived In Senate Vote

The supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have enough votes in the Senate to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said June 29. More

Russia Offers Ukraine Lower Gas Price

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says natural-gas prices for Ukraine will be reduced to $247 per 1,000 cubic meters. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: The Aces Up Putin's Sleeve

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

Video The Daily Vertical: Here Comes The Hangover

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Features & Commentary

Video Armenian Protesters Chafe At Comparisons To EuroMaidan

Many observers in Russia and the West are comparing the ongoing Armenian protests against rising electricity prices to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. But spokespeople in Yerevan are resisting this attempt to broaden the framing of their project.

Estonian Defense Chief: NATO Must 'Neutralize' Putin's Perceived Advantage

Estonia's defense chief has welcomed the U.S. decision to preposition military equipment in the Baltics and other countries on the eastern edge of the alliance, saying that a strong presence is required to diminish the potential threat of a Russian attack.

Consumer-Rights Advocate Calls Putin 'Paranoid' After 'Foreign-Agent' Slur

A Russian consumer-protection group lambasted by President Vladimir Putin as a "foreign agent" over cautionary advice to Russians traveling to annexed Crimea has accused Putin of "paranoia" and called him "badly informed."

APC Weddings, Tank Biathlon: Russia's Martial Mood

As the Kremlin pumps up patriotism amid war in Ukraine and a confrontation with the West, a mania for all things military is penetrating deep into civilian life in Russia. It's a boon for a Defense Ministry looking to burnish its reputation, but the country's liberals accuse the authorities of dangerously "militarizing" the national conscience.

Historian Timothy Snyder: 'History Is Always Plural'

Yale University historian Timothy Snyder speaks with RFE/RL about the interpretation and reinterpretation of the bloody 20th-century history of Eastern Europe, caught between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union.

Video Saakashvili Hits Ground Running In Odesa

Odesa's freshly appointed governor, Mikheil Saakashvili, is tackling his new job head on. The former Georgian president is touring markets, boarding trams, rubbing shoulders with locals, and pledging to restore order in the Ukrainian city.

Historic NATO-Russia Pact Could Be History

Russia's continued bullying of Ukraine and a possible U.S. intention to put tanks and heavy weapons back in Eastern Europe appear to signal the demise of the historic NATO-Russia Founding Act that "definitively" ended the Cold War.

'Gifts, Prizes, Winnings' A Windfall For Ukraine Judges

Several judges at a prominent Kyiv court have reported large sums of money from "gifts, prizes, and winnings" on official income declarations. Anticorruption activists suspect the public servants are using this column in the declarations to "legalize" bribe money.

From Siberia To Mariupol: Teen Flees Russia, Fights Against Separatists In Ukraine

A teenager left his Siberian home, student life, and pressure from law-enforcement authorities behind to fight against Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. He spoke to RFE/RL about the life he chose and the one he left behind.

Russian Youth Pays Price For Speaking Out Over Ukraine

A teenager from a Moscow suburb has alienated his family and schoolmates and attracted the attention of the police for his criticism of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. "You are my enemy," his own grandfather told him.
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