Iran's Clerical Rulers Face 'Legitimacy Crisis' Ahead Of Elections
Voters in Iran will go to the polls on March 1 in elections that are likely to solidify hard-liners' hold on power. The elections come amid rising anti-establishment sentiment among the public and are the first since unprecedented nationwide protests in 2022.
The Day War Arrived: Ukrainians From The Front Recall The Russian Invasion
Two months before the Kremlin launched its full-scale attack on Ukraine, RFE/RL photographer Amos Chapple visited the trenches of what was then a static conflict. Two years later, the Ukrainians who survived the invasion recall what happened on February 24, 2022.
How Hungarian Influencers Are Turning The Politically Apathetic Into Protesters
Thousands took to the streets of Budapest over the weekend following the pardoning of a man complicit in the sexual abuse of children. With the case already claiming the scalp of the country's president, the protests have been energized by social media influencers and are bringing in a new crowd.
'Like An Earthquake': Serbian Villagers Stand Up To Chinese Mining Company Over Environmental Concerns
Villagers protesting environmental degradation and the dangerous use of explosives have forced the Chinese mining giant Zijin to suspend production at a mine in eastern Serbia, setting the stage for a deeper fight over its future.
Uzbekistan's Karakalpakstan Crackdown Gets A Helping Hand From Kazakhstan
Aqylbek Muratbai, a commentator on the rights crisis in Uzbekistan's autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, is in detention in Almaty after being arrested at Tashkent’s behest, charged with crimes against public order. His is the latest in a series of arrests of Kazakh-based activists from the region.
Interview: Latvia's President Says Ukraine Is Not Only Fighting For Us But 'Fighting Instead Of Us'
Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics tells RFE/RL's Georgian Service that the narrative needs to change from supporting Ukraine "for as long as it takes" to "we are going to support Ukraine to victory."
Taliban's Boycott Of Key UN Meeting A Blow To Hopes Of Increased Engagement
The Taliban refused to attend a major conference sponsored by the United Nations. The meeting came amid a standoff between the extremist group and the international community, which is keen to improve dialogue with Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
'If Anyone Can Continue His Work, Yulia Can': Navalny's Widow Steps Forward In Russian Opposition's Darkest Hour
Days after Aleksei Navalny’s death in prison, his widow, Yulia, pledged to continue his fight against Vladimir Putin, urging Russians to share her “anger.” But amid the most severe repressions since Stalin’s time and the ongoing war against Ukraine, can Navalnaya find a way to make a difference?
Ukraine Has No Navy. But It's Hammering Russia In The Black Sea.
The landing ship that purportedly sank off Crimea last week is one of nearly two dozen Russian warships that Ukraine has seriously damaged or sunk since the full-scale invasion two years ago. It’s an extraordinary set of naval losses inflicted by a country that currently doesn’t even have a navy.
In Munich, Strong Rhetoric And Lack Of Action, With Bad News In Between
If the Munich Security Conference last year felt optimistic, with Ukraine not only capable of resisting Russia's full-scale invasion but also pushing back, with budding hopes for a summer offensive, this year's event felt like the polar opposite.
Turkmen Capital Removes Courtyard Benches To Prevent 'People From Getting Together'
Authorities in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, have begun removing benches from the courtyards of apartment buildings, where neighbors get together to socialize. No official explanation has been given, but a municipal worker said it was to prevent people from gathering in large groups.
Interview: Putin's Strategic Mistake Was To Choose The West As An Enemy, Historian Says
Timothy Snyder, a history professor at Yale University, believes that Vladimir Putin will go down in history as a ruler who fundamentally weakened Russia, while Aleksei Navalny will be remembered for giving his life for his country.
Interview: Putin's Strategic Mistake Was To Choose The West As An Enemy, Historian Says2
Aleksei Navalny, Putin's Staunchest Critic, Found Dead In Prison, Russia Says3
Ukraine Has No Navy. But It's Hammering Russia In The Black Sea.4
The List Is Long: Russians Who Have Died After Running Afoul Of The Kremlin5
Best Way To Honor Navalny, NATO Chief Says, Is Ensuring Russia's Defeat In Ukraine6
Some 60 Russian Troops Reportedly Killed By Strike While Waiting In Formation7
Surveillance Video Shows Convoy Leaving Prison After Navalny Death8
The $60 Billion Aid Package Ukraine Is Waiting For9
Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine10
Muscovites React To Reports Of Navalny's Death