In a new report, Freedom House says Russia is playing a "pivotal role" in a continuing decline in democracy among the countries of the post-Soviet sphere.
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says Serbia must strike a balance between East and West.
A Georgian national has been arrested in Belarus for attempting to hijack a plane.
A session of the Council of Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is due to be held in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on May 30.
Kyrgyzstan's economy minister says Russia will allocate $1.2 billion to help Bishkek join a Moscow-led Customs Union.
The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus promise the Eurasian Economic Union will not effect the sovereignty of its member states. (Reuters)
Police in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, have detained dozens of activists protesting Kazakhstan's entry into the Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
The leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus have signed a treaty in Astana on the creation of a Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.
Using a combination of subsidies and coercion, Moscow is solidifying its Eurasian integration dream, making it both deeper and broader. But some prosepctive members are having doubts.
Seven activists in Astana who protested against Kazakhstan's entry into the Eurasia Economic Union (EES) have been sentenced to jail terms of up to four days.
Police in Kazakhstan have detained some 20 people protesting against Kazakhstan's entry into the Eurasia Economic Union (EES) near the capital Astana.
The presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia plan to sign their agreement on creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EES) at a summit in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on May 29.