Buoyed by strong profits and technical savvy, CTC Media changes owners and looks to expand westward.
The most surprising result of the August 2008 war may be that it allowed old problems to be addressed seriously for the first time.
The tendency of Russians to look at their officials as rulers instead of servants infects even the humblest civil, er, servant.
Still licking its financial wounds, the Baltic country may yet emerge from the crisis with a more robust economy.
Notwithstanding the occasional outburst, citizens of those former confederations remain dismayingly guarded.
The violence in northern Kosovo underlines yet again how the Serbia-Kosovo relationship is an emotionally charged bundle of problems capable of unraveling at any time.