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26 May 2015
Russian Chief Mufti Backs Polygamy, Balkan Neighbors Boost Border Security

Plus, Albania’s premier threatens to veto Macedonia’s NATO hopes, and Russia loses its land line to its Moldovan client statelet.

By Ky Krauthamer, Barbara Frye, and Evgeny Deulin
 
25 May 2015
Upset in Polish Presidency Vote, Police Seek Chechen in Nemtsov Probe

Plus, report finds evidence of ‘ongoing war crimes’ in eastern Ukraine, and UN rights officials raise red flags in Macedonia and Hungary.

By Timothy Spence
 
22 May 2015
Evidence Mounts of Russian Action in Ukraine, Serbian Defense Chief Accused of Corruption

Plus, the Kremlin says the West is destabilizing Macedonia, and Kyrgyzstan joins the Eurasian Union.

By Barbara Frye, Evgeny Deulin
 
21 May 2015
Modest Hopes for Riga Summit, Outrage After Fatal Baku Fire

Plus, Ukraine might look to host missile-defense systems and Tajikistan and China sign an extradition treaty.

By Brian Kenety, Evgeny Deulin, and Barbara Frye
 
20 May 2015
Russian Duma Targets NGO Threat, CSTO Plans for Taliban Incursion

Plus, Hungary’s Orban riles EU officials with latest anti-refugee blast; Bulgarian archeologists find an 8,000-year-old village.

By Ky Krauthamer, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
19 May 2015
Russian Ex-Soldiers Face Ukraine Terrorism Trial, Latvian Cardinal Bashes Gays

Plus, Croatian leaders make a controversial visit to Ustasha massacre memorial, and Mongolia’s stalled Oyu Tolgoi mine could restart soon.

By Ky Krauthamer, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
18 May 2015
Protesters Call for Macedonian PM to Quit, Ukraine Bans Soviet Symbols

Plus, Azerbaijan's capital gets a facelift ahead of the European Games, and gay athletes complain of unsportsmanlike conduct in Kazakhstan’s ‘nontraditional’ sex legislation.

By Timothy Spence
 
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15 May 2015
PayPal Accused of Blocking Nemtsov Report Account, Russian Living Standards Dive

Plus, Azerbaijan is pressured over political prisoners ahead of a major athletics tournament and Russia’s anti-Nazi propaganda drive reaches surreal proportions.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
14 May 2015
Bulgarian Troops at Macedonia Border, U.S. Lawmakers in ‘Secretly Funded’ Baku Junket

Plus, the ECHR rules on a Georgia gay pride march and Russia probes an NGO linked to Khodorkovsky.

By Brian Kenety, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
13 May 2015
Railway Hit in Odessa Blast, More Mysterious Antelope Deaths in Kazakhstan

Plus, Ukrainian de-communization drive in full swing; sex schools are a hit in Central Asia.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 

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