The speaker of Armenia's parliament, Hovik Abrahamian, denies the presence of political prisoners in his country and urges critics to wait until the completion of trials of leading opposition members.
Prominent Tatar opposition blogger Irek Murtazin has been hospitilized with serious injuries to his head and body after being severely beaten, RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
A correspondent for the Kazakh opposition weekly “Taszharghan,” Artyom Miusov, is in critical condition after being stabbed Monday night by an unknown assailant.
Tajik authorities have arrested a local leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.
Evidence of war crimes on the site of a 2001 massacre believed to contain the remains of up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners has been destroyed.
A leading Kyrgyz human rights defender, sentenced to one year in prison, has been released from jail, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
A serial killer in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk has been sentenced to life in prison, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
A man in Turkmenistan has killed seven of his relatives, including his own daughter and son-in-law, then shot himself.
The first Romany-language textbook has been published in the northern Ukrainian region of Volyn, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Hundreds of people have petitioned Kyrgz President Kurmanbek Bakiev for the return of RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, which has been off the air since early October.
Police in Minsk have detained a leader of the unregistered youth wing of the Belarusian Popular Front (BNF) movement.
Belarusian youth activist Artur Finkevich has told RFE/RL's Belarus Service that he was beaten for three hours during his kidnapping by unknown assailants on December 19.