A Russian voyager whose record-breaking around-the-world balloon flight capped a career of extremes is urging people to be more adventurous. Fyodor Konyukhov, who has also rowed across oceans and climbed Mt. Everest twice, told RFE/RL that human beings "should strive to discover new worlds.
Voters in Azerbaijan went to the polls on September 26 in a referendum on the constitutional powers of the president. The measures are widely expected to be approved, despite international criticism and concern about voter fraud. RFE/RL's Azerbaijani service witnessed some dubious voting practices.