For some in Ukraine, the mounting protests for integration with the European Union is about more than politics. That's one reason Espreso TV's Anastasia Melnyk can host a morning news show in Kiev and then join the protests in the city's main square.
Ukrainians don't know what comes next for their country, but they do know that the game is up for Viktor Yanukovych. The fugitive former president is now facing charges of committing "mass murder." And blunders, selfishness, and bad choices marked his entire presidency.
Ukraine's military is starting to fight the masked, pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine who have been taking over government buildings. As fears of civil war grow, there's another sign that the conflict is escalating. New, masked militias with a pro-Ukraine agenda are now training to counter the separatists.
Russians are mourning the loss of movie director Eldar Ryazanov. His movies were icons of satire in the former Soviet Union, making him hugely popular. One modern Moscow-based writer, Natalia Antonova, describes what Ryazanov meant to her.
The IAAF World Race Walking Cup is happening this weekend in Saransk, the capital of the Russian region of Mordovia. The US racewalking team will compete against formidable opponents from Russia and China in city that goes bananas for race walking!
Russian roofers aren't afraid of heights. And they can't be. They're hobbyists who seek out tall buildings to climb, looking for the perfect picture or perhaps just peace and quiet in the middle of a busy city. While their hobby isn't legal, it is drawing more attention.
President Vladimir Putin delivered a fiercely patriotic State of the Nation speech Thursday. He said Russia would defeat those enemies seeking to destroy and dismember it. But the rhetoric failed to reassure markets and the ruble continues its slide.