Monday 3 November 2008
November 02, 2008
Ruble's Nosedive Inspires 'Panic'
A stable ruble has been a point of pride for the Russian government in the decade since the 1998 financial crisis sent the currency into free fall. But with oil prices falling and global markets in turmoil, the ruble is sliding -- and Russians are getting nervous.
November 01, 2008
EU To Meet Russia Halfway?
The EU appears set to resume talks on an agreement with Russia it suspended to protest Moscow's invasion of Georgia. Britain has informed fellow members that it is dropping its opposition, and EU diplomats say France wants the resumption of talks to be the centerpiece of the upcoming EU-Russia summit.
October 31, 2008
Mystery Surrounds Priests' Killing
The murder in Moscow of two Catholic priests raises unsettling questions amid tensions between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian police suggest the priests were together when killed but their Jesuit order says that's impossible -- they died two days apart.
October 30, 2008
Tajiks Fear Another Cold Winter Lies Ahead
Last year, Tajikistan experienced the harshest winter in living memory, compounded by severe shortages of gas and electricity. The government has assured the public it won't happen again, but many are unconvinced, as strict electricity rationing has begun even before the first snowfall.
October 29, 2008
Georgia's Foreign Minister Says Russia Not Constructive
Georgian Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili has been a key player on issues ranging from Tbilisi's NATO bid to its conflict with Russia over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL correspondent Brian Whitmore, Tkeshelashvili discusses her country's future after the war with Russia, and how Georgia plans to get Abkhazia and South Ossetia back.
October 28, 2008
Russian Schools Get Clean With Mandatory Tests
University students and older schoolchildren in the Russian republic of Tatarstan have been asked to take a drug test, in a move hailed as a major milestone in fighting drug abuse. However, the proposal to extend the measure nationwide is drawing a mixed response from students and experts alike.
October 27, 2008
Pakistani, Afghan Envoys Meet As Conflicts Join
Afghan and Pakistani politicians and tribal leaders have launched talks in Islamabad to find ways to end surging militant violence, in a follow-up to a meeting last year in Kabul. As the conflicts in the two countries increasingly become one, envoys say it is now a question of political will on both sides.