A column of Russian troops prepares to leave the checkpoint at a bridge over the Inguri River in Western Georgia, in October 2008, after securing the secession of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region.
March 19, 2014 From the Baltic states to Central Asia, plenty of former Soviet satellites have large populations of ethnic Russians — and more than a few of them are yearning to be free.
August 2, 2012 Swedish activists dropped 800 teddy bears outside Minsk, Belarus, protesting the lack of human rights there. They flew a small plane into the country and were never accosted by Belarussian authorities. President Alexander Lukashenko fired two generals after the incident.
April 11, 2011 Political tension has been on the rise there since December, when a demonstration over disputed presidential election results was met with force by police.
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