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Daisy Sindelar

Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs...

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange and Black

As the countries of the former Soviet Union prepare, with varying degrees...

One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and...

Orthodox Priest Gives Russians One More Thing to Worry About

The Russian literary world barely batted an eye when a little-known writer,...

What's the EEU and What Are Its Chances?

Five years ago, Moscow had every reason to feel secure about its...

Russia Remembers Stalinist Repressions, as New Poll Predicts Fresh Round

Hundreds of Russians lined up outside Moscow's former KGB headquarters on October...

Five Important Things That Memorial's Done (and Is Still Doing) for Russia

Russia's Justice Ministry has asked the country's Supreme Court to liquidate Memorial,...

Together A Lifetime, Azeri Activists Now Apart And In Jail

Leyla and Arif Yunus met as young history students in the late...

Do Trolls Matter?

Like many people with access to the Internet and a holster full...

Eight Things You Didn't Know About The Ukrainian Election

It's all but certain that "chocolate king" Petro Poroshenko is going to...

Four 'Black Sheep' Presidencies To Watch In 2014

January 1 marked more than the start of a new year. It...

Uzbek Dissident Claims Gulnara's Geneva Home Holds National Treasures

Uzbek first daughter Gulnara Karimova has never hidden her appreciation of art....

In Choosing Kiselyov, Media Critics Say Putin Opts For Personal Propagandist

A popular clip circulating on the Internet shows just how much a...

From Yurts To Kimchi, Protecting The World's 'Intangible' Cultures

Seventy-year-old Kakesh Jumabai-Kyzy has spent her entire life working with felt....

Amid Rumors Of Her Demise, A Question: Does Gulnara Matter?

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 was the year of the snake....

As Clock Ticks, Ablyazov Associate Waits For Czech Asylum Ruling

The Czech Interior Ministry is due this week to decide whether to...

Who Does Miss Uzbekistan Think She Is?

Uzbek media have been abuzz in recent days over Rakhima Ganieva, the...

In Azerbaijan, Bank Tied To EBRD Breaks Seal On Controversial Libel Law

After losing his job as a loans specialist at a reputable bank,...

Remembering When Right Was Right And Left Was Wrong

Growing up in the southern Kazakh village of Temirlan, Dina got used...

As Turkish Protests Rage, Baku Watches With Interest

As antigovernment protests continue to roil in Turkey, onlookers in nearby Azerbaijan...

Kyrgyz Crime Boss's Cushy Prison Life Prompts Calls For Government Purge

Many in Kyrgyzstan were astonished when Aziz Batukaev was released from jail....

New Documents Suggest Fresh Evidence Of TeliaSonera Ties To Karimova

Documents leaked to Swedish investigative journalists and reviewed by RFE/RL appear to...

Sweden Plays Eurovision Host, With Main Sponsor Mired In Scandal

When Swedish singer Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest last year in...

Passions and History Run Deep In Safarov Case

The details of the crime seem anything but heroic: a young lieutenant...

Russian NGOs Say New Bill Will Hurt Cancer Care, Environment, Businesses

Civil society workers in Russia say a bill proposing new restrictions on...

Kyrgyz Authorities Cry Foul as Children Sent Abroad to Bangladeshi Madrasahs

Naryn Oblast, Kyrgyzstan -- It's hard to imagine a life more remote...

Critics Say Eurovision Has Done Little to Stop Azeri Regime's Rights Abuses

There's a side of Azerbaijan that the ruling regime wants the world...

From The Turks To The 'Titanic:' One Armenian's Fateful Escape

Neshan Krekorian was barely in his twenties when his father urged him...

Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

One of the first things Regiina Nohova had to learn when she...

As Uzbekistan Grapples With Aging Populace, Elderly Asked To Return Pensions

Uzbekistan's pensioners can hardly be accused of excess....

Georgian Captain Recounts Somali Hostage Ordeal: 'They Treated Us Mercilessly'

BATUMI, Georgia -- After nearly a year and a half at sea...

Is Azerbaijan Ready For Its Own Revolution?

Inspired by last month's Egyptian uprising, young activists in Azerbaijan were calling...

Kyrgyz Mosques Under Greater Scrutiny As Ties Between Islam, Extremism Emerge

Several dozen men gathered for midday prayers on a recent Sunday afternoon...

Mongolian Democracy: 'Unless Your Life Improves, What's The Point Of A Market Economy?'

ZUUNKHARAA, Mongolia -- There are many ways to measure the success of...

Is The Bloom Off The Rose In Georgia?

On November 22, 2003, Mikheil Saakashvili -- a 35-year-old lawyer and politician...

Azerbaijan: Opposition Journalist Says He Is Victim Of Vicious Smear Campaign

An Azerbaijani journalist who was seriously injured in a knife attack says...