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    NATO’s Top 5 Weapons of War Pointed at Russia
    Feb03

    NATO’s Top 5 Weapons of War Pointed at Russia

    Dave Majumdar Security, Europe Over the past two years, Russia has behaved aggressively in Ukraine and stepped up its bomber and submarine patrols. Senior U.S. defense and foreign policy officials are increasingly focused on a resurgent Russia and the threat it might pose in Europe. Over the past two years, Russia has behaved aggressively in...

    Russia’s Crisis Produces Paradox: Surging Luxury Car Sales
    Feb03

    Russia’s Crisis Produces Paradox: Surging Luxury Car Sales

    As Russia wrestles with an economic crisis, more and more Porsches and Rolls-Royces are appearing on its roads. It seems something of a paradox; while mass-market car sales in the country have tumbled along with the ruble and oil prices, one area is bucking the trend – luxury cars. Sales of Porsche, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Lexus cars all...

    Ukrainian Economy Minister Resigns; West Deeply Disappointed
    Feb03

    Ukrainian Economy Minister Resigns; West Deeply Disappointed

    Ukraine’s economy minister tendered his resignation Wednesday, citing political pressure and corruption. Aivaras Abromavicius said the country’s leadership had routinely blocked his reform efforts and that the economy ministry was at the mercy of corrupt vested interests. “Neither me, nor my team have any desire to serve as a...

    Activist Urges E.U. To Keep Political Pressure On Belarus
    Feb03

    Activist Urges E.U. To Keep Political Pressure On Belarus

    Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus’s authoritarian regime. On a visit to Brussels on February 3, the former political prisoner told E.U. officials that the situation inside the country has not improved since economic sanctions were suspended following...

    Russia could steamroll into the capitals of NATO’s most exposed members in 36 hours
    Feb03

    Russia could steamroll into the capitals of NATO’s most exposed members in 36 hours

    Eduard Korniyenko/ReutersWith current force deployments, Russia could steamroll NATO forces in the Baltic states. In the most optimistic scenario for NATO, Moscow would be able to conquer all the way to Estonia’s capital Tallinn in the course of 60 hours, according to a new report from the think tank RAND Corp. The report, which attempted...

    Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost
    Feb03

    Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia’s military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and...

    Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost
    Feb03

    Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia’s military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and...

    As Ukraine Conflict Simmers, Kids Are Stuck At Home
    Feb03

    As Ukraine Conflict Simmers, Kids Are Stuck At Home

    In the eastern Ukrainian village of Zaytseve, 11-year-old Edik has to cross military checkpoints and enter separatist territory just to go to school. It’s a dangerous trip, so Edik and other schoolchildren have stopped going to class, and instead do their schoolwork at home. (Zenovia Stefanyuk, RFE/RL’s Current Time TV) …read...

    Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokno Takes on Russia’s Prosecutor in Music Video
    Feb03

    Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokno Takes on Russia’s Prosecutor in Music Video

    Feminist and anti-Putin activist Nadya Tolokno from Russia’s famous protest punk band Pussy Riot has released a music video taking on the country’s prosecutor Yury Chaika. Chaika and his family became the subject of a scandalous investigation by one of Russia’s leading opposition figures, anti-corruption blogger Alexey Navalny,...

    How the West Misjudged Russia, Part 4: Mad about Medvedev
    Feb03

    How the West Misjudged Russia, Part 4: Mad about Medvedev

    Editor’s Note: How do Russia and the West see one another? What are the experts’ views on the confrontation between Russia and the West? How do the pundits explain the Russo-Ukrainian war and Russia’s Syrian gambit? What are the roots of the mythology about Russia in the West, and why has the West failed to predict and...