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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty provides first-hand coverage from Russia, Ukraine, E. Europe, Balkans, Caucasus, AfPak & ME.

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Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, who holds the dubious distinction of being the only post-Soviet autocrat in power longer than Belarus's Alyaksandr Lukashenka, has been sworn in for his fifth term in office.

Putin says Russia is ready to work with any U.S. president. He declined to talk in depth about the election, saying "whatever I say, our [U.S.] partners may cling to to prove Russia's imaginary meddling into the election process in the U.S."

An annual ceremony to commemorate thousands of people executed during communist dictator Josef Stalin's Great Terror has been held in Moscow and some other Russian cities online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia remain near the top on the list of countries where the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says "impunity" in cases of murdered journalists is "entrenched."

The chief of Ukraine's Naftogaz has urged the U.S. to expand sanctions aimed at stopping construction of Nord Stream 2.

G7 says it is "alarmed" by the rollback of reforms in Ukraine after the Constitutional Court stripped the country's anti-corruption agency of some of its critical powers.

Metropolitan Amfilohije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, has died weeks after being hospitalized following a positive coronavirus test.

Talks between the top diplomats of Azerbaijan and Armenia and international mediators have begun in Geneva as the two sides look for a new deal after the failure of three previous ceasefire agreements.


Millions of people died of starvation in 1932-33 when Soviet authorities seized food to force Ukrainian peasants to join collective farms. One woman reveals how her great-grandfather secretly photographed the suffering in the city of Kharkiv.

A week-long "reduction in violence" between the Taliban and U.S. and Afghan security forces will begin at midnight local time.

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Russian opposition activist Konstantin Sinitsyn has been found dead of head injuries in the entranceway to his St. Petersburg apartment building.

Lyubov Sobol posted a video showing armed, masked men barging into her office ahead of today's rally in Moscow. Sobol was one of the opposition candidates not allowed to stand in the upcoming municipal elections.

Moscow Councilwoman Aleksandra Parushina says she was struck in the head by police who "brutally" dispersed protesters near Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's office on July 27. Read more here:

Today four years ago, passenger flight #MH17  was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.

The Dutch team investigating #MH17  concluded today that the Buk system came from Russia's 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade. Here's their reconstruction of the shoot-down from last year.

Tens of thousands of Belarusians have jammed the streets of Minsk and other cities and towns, as opposition protesters continued their campaign to pressure President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to call new elections. Read more here:

When this 76-year-old Russian pensioner needs to herd her cows, she skates across the frozen waters of Lake Baikal to find them.