Relatives of people killed in Air Malaysia flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine in 2014, spoke to journalists after a private briefing in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, on the latest findings of an international criminal probe that blamed Russia. (RFE/RL)
Chechnya’s Kremlin-appointed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, was directly elected for the first time September 18 by a whopping 98 percent of voters, with 95 percent of the republic voting, according to official figures, tightening his grip on power in the north Caucasus region. The conspicuously high figures were expected as Kadyrov's iron-fisted rule tolerates little opposition and is backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. VOA's Daniel Schearf was in Grozny for the election and has this report.
Hungary is breaking international law in its treatment of refugee asylum seekers, according to the human rights group, Amnesty International. Budapest denies it is breaking any laws. The accusation comes ahead of a referendum scheduled for this coming Sunday (October 2nd) on whether Hungary should accept a European Union plan for mandatory quotas of refugees. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.