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Section: Voice of America (USA)

    US Ambassador: Ukraine Elections Show Support for Reform
    Oct30

    US Ambassador: Ukraine Elections Show Support for Reform

    Ukraine’s recent local elections showed that voters want to see continued progress in the areas of legal reform and the fight against corruption, the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv said this week. Sunday’s elections “showed the resiliency of Ukrainian democracy in the face of difficult economic conditions and Russian aggression,”...

    Employees of Raided Ukrainian Library in Moscow Say They Were Framed
    Oct30

    Employees of Raided Ukrainian Library in Moscow Say They Were Framed

    The shaken employees of a Moscow library specializing in Ukrainian literature accused Russian investigators on Friday of planting banned extremist books on their shelves to create a pretext to raid the library and detain their director. Armed, masked police swooped on Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature on Wednesday, carting off about...

    US, EU Suspend Some Sanctions Against Belarus
    Oct30

    US, EU Suspend Some Sanctions Against Belarus

    The United States and the European Union are temporarily lifting some sanctions against Belarus, which freed the last of its political prisoners in August. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby on Thursday called the move a “limited reprieve … that opens the door to expanded commercial ties for the Belarusian economy.” But...

    Fall of Government Heightens Turmoil in Moldova
    Oct30

    Fall of Government Heightens Turmoil in Moldova

    Moldova’s parliament must form a new government after it backed a motion of no-confidence in the ruling pro-European coalition on Thursday, increasing political turmoil following the fraudulent disappearance of $1 billion from the banking system. The vote signaled an end to the short-lived government of Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet, who...

    Russia’s Social Media Sleuths Uncover Info Authorities Want Hidden
    Oct29

    Russia’s Social Media Sleuths Uncover Info Authorities Want Hidden

    The news of Russia’s first casualty among its troops in Syria is remarkable not only because his family doubts the official explanation for his death — that he committed suicide — but also for the fact that it was uncovered by social media sleuths. Conflict Intelligence Team, an online group founded by Russian blogger Ruslan Leviev,...

    Ukraine Rejects Talks With Russia Over Flight Ban
    Oct29

    Ukraine Rejects Talks With Russia Over Flight Ban

    Russian aviation agency Rosaviatsia said on Thursday it had proposed to Ukraine’s aviation authorities further talks on resuming flights between the two countries, but Kyiv swiftly turned down the offer. Direct air services between the one-time allies ceased on Sunday, a new low in commercial relations between the two neighbors....

    Director of Ukrainian Library Detained in Moscow
    Oct29

    Director of Ukrainian Library Detained in Moscow

    Russian police on Thursday detained the director of a Ukrainian library in Moscow on suspicion of inciting ethnic hatred in the latest twist of the ongoing stand-off between the two nations. The Russian investigative committee said in a statement that it has asked a court to arrest 58-year old Natalya Sharina after the investigators found books...

    Russian Government’s Rainy-Day Fund on Last Legs
    Oct28

    Russian Government’s Rainy-Day Fund on Last Legs

    Back in 2004, Russia began putting extra revenue from oil sales into what was initially called the Stabilization Fund – a rainy day fund designed to serve as a budgetary reserve if energy prices dropped precipitously. Four years later, the Stabilization Fund was split in two. One part is the Reserve Fund, which is invested in low-yield foreign...

    Ukraine Elections Reflect Political Diversity, Reform Disillusion
    Oct28

    Ukraine Elections Reflect Political Diversity, Reform Disillusion

    Preliminary results from Sunday’s local elections in Ukraine indicate growing political diversity, say analysts, as no clear winners emerged. Opinion polls before the elections projected that Solidarity, the ruling bloc of President Petro Poroshenko, would suffer big defeats. Poroshenko’s confidence rating had dropped to 32 percent,...

    Global Internet Freedoms Decline Fifth Year in a Row
    Oct28

    Global Internet Freedoms Decline Fifth Year in a Row

    When it comes to protecting freedom of expression online, the news is not good. For the fifth straight year in a row, the World Wide Web became less free for millions of people, as governments around the world continued restricting online expression, censoring websites and cracking down on a variety of tools designed to protect user privacy....

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