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A 1905 postcard showing Odessa’s 142-meter (466-foot) Potemkin Stairs, which lead down to the harbor and were completed in 1841. (Detroit Publishing Company)

The Old New Russia

Odessa and Tiraspol were once part of Catherine the Great’s Novorossiya, but deep divisions exist between the two cities today. Read more…

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk hold a joint press conference during a European Council summit in Brussels on March 20. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

With Ukraine in Crisis, EU Courts Russia's Periphery

Although it will see few concrete outcomes, the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga will showcase the status of nations along the former Soviet periphery as they try to balance between Russia and the West. Read more…

Thousands in Chisinau, Moldova, protest a government corruption scandal May 3. (Reuters)

Protests Threaten Moldova's Fragile Government

Growing social unrest could bring down the minority government in Moldova and damage the country's prospects for Western integration. Read more…