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Belarus' Longtime President Faces Unexpected Competition In Upcoming Election

Friday, August 07, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, in power for 26 years, is facing unprecedented opposition in Sunday's election from a political novice who says she only wants a clean vote.


A 37-Year-Old Opposition Candidate Challenges The Longtime Leader Of Belarus

Friday, July 31, 2020

"I'm tired of being silent. I'm tired of being afraid," said opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who entered the race after her blogger husband was jailed.


Protests Over The Arrest Of A Popular Governor Continue For 3rd Week In Russia

Thursday, July 30, 2020

After nearly three weeks of protests in Russia's Far East over the arrest of a provincial governor, neither Moscow nor the protesters seem willing to back down.


Protesters In Russia's Far East Challenge Putin's Authority, Demand His Resignation

Friday, July 24, 2020

The arrest of a popular regional governor has led to protests demanding his release. Amid the pandemic and an economic downturn, the protests pose an additional challenge for President Vladimir Putin.


Protests In Eastern Russian City Test Kremlin

Friday, July 24, 2020

Residents of Khabarovsk, a Russian city on the Chinese border, have held protests against the arrest of a popular governor for more than a week. The demonstrations signal growing discontent in Russia.


What To Do With Toppled Statues? Russia Has A Fallen Monument Park

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The U.S. isn't the only country where statues of controversial historical figures have been swept aside by protesters seeking a clean break with the past.


Russia Denies Allegations It Paid Militants To Kill U.S. Troops As 'Nonsense'

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

A bounty program on U.S. soldiers would constitute a "massive escalation" in Moscow's testy relations with Washington, says one Russia expert. A Russian lawmaker asks: "What would we get out of this?"


Russians Are Voting On 206 Reforms. The Most Important One Will Extend Putin's Rule

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"It is very important to him to have this popular endorsement, even if it is a farce, even if it is a travesty of popular will," analyst Masha Lipman says of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Postponed Because Of The Pandemic, Moscow Prepares To Mark Victory Day

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Russia's President Putin has turned the Soviet Union's costly victory over Nazi Germany into a substitute for a national ideology. A 75th anniversary parade planned for May is now set for Wednesday.


Verdict Is In For American In Russia Accused Of Spying

Monday, June 15, 2020

A Russian court has sentenced American Paul Whelan, accused of espionage, to 16 years in prison. He was arrested in 2018 at a hotel in Moscow. The former U.S. Marine says he was set up.


Russia's Putin Declares State Of Emergency After Fuel Spill In Arctic

Friday, June 12, 2020

The accident, 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilling into a river, took place at a power plant in a city north of the Arctic Circle. Local officials face criminal charges for their slow response.


Moscow Eases Coronavirus Lockdown Ahead Of Military Parade And Referendum

Monday, June 08, 2020

Russia's capital, the epicenter of the country's coronavirus pandemic, is lifting restrictions as the Kremlin prepares for a massive military parade and a referendum on term limits.


Russian Power Plant Spills Thousands Of Tons Of Oil Into Arctic Region

Thursday, June 04, 2020

More than 20,000 tons spilled in a remote Arctic region, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare a state of emergency. The company says thawing permafrost may have caused the spill.


How Russia Is Reacting To The Oil Price War

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Russia and Saudi Arabia, the world's two-largest oil exporters, stopped coordinating their crude production last week, sending oil prices tumbling.


U.S. Election Interference Accusations Cause Kremlin Frustrations

Friday, March 06, 2020

The Kremlin says warnings of Russian interference in November's presidential election are just "American paranoia." Some analysts say there's little the Russians could do in any case.


World War II Soviet Spy Dies At 103. Russia And Poland Remember Him Differently

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Soviet spy has died at the age of 103. Russians claim he saved the Polish city of Krakow from destruction by Nazis. Polish historians tell a different story.


'No Longer A Friend': Ukrainians Are Losing Faith In The U.S.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

"America used to be a beacon of freedom, liberty and anti-corruption efforts. Now a lot of Ukrainians feel like ... we are by ourselves," says a Ukrainian political commentator.


Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Meets With Ukraine's President

Friday, January 31, 2020

A week after he said Americans didn't care about Ukraine, Pompeo is in its capital Kyiv. Ukraine continues to be at the center of unflattering attention during President Trump's impeachment trial.


In Ukraine, Public Opinion Sours On The United States

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ukrainians once viewed the United States as a model of democracy and clean government. After their country got wrapped up in the U.S. impeachment scandal, some are having second thoughts.


Putin Surprises Opponents With Cabinet And Constitutional Changes

Monday, January 27, 2020

Vladimir Putin's plan to change the way Russia is governed has caught his opponents off guard. They know he's trying to hang on to power, but they don't agree on how to stop him.