From fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, and Afghanistan to repression in Uzbekistan, Iran, and Belarus, human rights took a beating in 2006.
Eastern Europe's notorious "gas junkie" is looking to coal to help ease its dependence on Russia. But is the country's creaking coal industry up to the challenge?
December 21, 2006 -- Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has condemned Belarusian authorities for detaining a journalist on what he said were politically motivated charges.
Belarusian guards patrol the border with Lithuania (ITAR-TASS)
December 21, 2006 -- EU agriculture ministers today agreed to take away Belarus's trading privileges if the country does not improve the rights of workers.
December 19, 2006 -- Belarus has barred a German diplomat from entering the country.
December 19, 2006 -- Canada is imposing trade sanctions on Belarus in a bid to pressure the country's rulers to respect human rights and democracy.
December 18, 2006 -- Finland's prime minister said he regretted it proved impossible for the EU to launch talks on a new comprehensive agreement with Russia during Finland's EU presidency.
Brezhnev relaxing in Moscow in 1971 (ITAR-TASS)
MOSCOW, December 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The history books will not remember Leonid Brezhnev as the most influential of Soviet leaders.
December 15, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarus counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka hold talks today in Moscow.
Opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin ended his hunger strike without his main demand being met, but the response suggests his 53-day strike was not in vain.
Alyaksandr Kazulin (file photo) (RFE/RL)
December 14, 2006 -- The Czech government has called on Belarus's authorities to release the opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin from prison and to provide him with immediate health care.
Logo of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (Courtesy Photo)
December 14, 2006 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on the Belarusian authorities to immediately halt their attempts to close down the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.