“Khimki citizens informed our headquarters that resident registration offices worked overnight and 200 new Khimki residents were registered just in one [election] district. We are going to verify this information and see how it was possible that registration offices worked through the night before election day. This election is neither fair nor clean.”
Russian environmentalist and opposition activist Yevgenia Chirikova, who is running for the mayor’s office in the Moscow Oblast town of Khimki, speaking today (October 14) to journalists in Khimki.
Read more in English: Russians To Polls For Local Elections
The married couple, who have three small children, live in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Ashburn, Virginia — a critical state in this year’s election because its residents are almost equally divided in their support for Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
Students and athletes rallied in Tbilisi on September 26 to protest prison abuse under the rule of President Mikheil Saakashvili. The protests, which have now entered their second week, were sparked by the release of a video showing prison guards beating and humiliating prisoners, as well as inmates being raped.
Cleric Beaten Up By ‘Badly Veiled’ Woman
“I politely [told] her to cover herself up,” said Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, an Iranian cleric in the city of Shamirzad in Semnan Province, describing a recent encounter with a woman he believed was improperly veiled.
“She responded to me by saying: ‘You [should] close your eyes.’”
Read more here.
Kabul’s Deputy Police Chief Daud Amin speaking to reporters confirmed that a suicide attack took place in front of Italy’s embassy today.
“As we could see, several children that were working in the area as street vendors were among victims of today’s attack. We don’t exactly know - the aim of today’s attack - but because a number of special events take place in Kabul today, they apparently couldn’t succeed in targeting today’s events due to tight security arrangements, and couldn’t get into a near by ISAF compound and eventually blew him in this area.”
Read more here.
“They got used to [the aircraft]. They weren’t afraid, they were overtaking the deltaplane, flying close to the wing from the left, from the right, from above. Well done. Beautiful guys. Cute.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking on September 5 to Russian television on the Yamal Peninsula after flying with a copilot in a motorized deltaplane light aircraft to help lead endangered cranes on a migration route.
(Photos by RIA Novosti)
Having had to endure a number of high-profile corruption scandals and government crises in recent months, the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan put its economic and political woes aside on August 31 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of its secession from the Soviet Union. RFE/RL was in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek for the Independence Day festivities.See the photos on RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz website as well.