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People burn incense to worship the god of fortune on the fifth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hubei Province on February 12. (Reuters)

February 12, 2016
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2016
February 2016

Photogallery By The Numbers

The world in statistics. (Graphics designed by Helena Zabranska)

Photogallery A Year After Minsk Accord, Shaky Truce Is The New Normal In Donetsk

One year after the signing of the Minsk peace agreement on February 12, intended to put an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine, residents of Donetsk and the surrounding areas have grown accustomed to shortages, checkpoints, and sporadic clashes. (RFE/RL photographer Petr Shelomovskiy)

Photogallery Tajikistan: After Son's Death And Deportation, A Mother Mourns In Tajikistan

A 5-month-old baby boy, named Umarali, died while being held with his parents in Russian custody last October in St. Petersburg, where they were accused of violating migration rules. Zarina Yunusova says that she was hastily deported in order to prevent a thorough investigation of Umarali's death. His father, Rustam Nazarov, has remained in Russia, awaiting results of an investigation. Russian officials initially said the child died in hospital after suffering respiratory problems. The parents have challenged this, insisting the boy was healthy. RFE/RL photographer Petr Shelomovskiy visited Yunusova after her return to her home town of Obigarm, Tajikistan.

Photogallery Photos Of The Week #5

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Photogallery Maximishin's Life Work In 100 Moments

For the great Russian photographer Sergey Maximishin, choosing 100 of his best images for a book was too challenging a task to take on himself. In order to create an objective collection of his finest work, the 51-year-old enlisted the help of three trusted colleagues. The results are now on display in Prague’s Zahradnik Gallery. From a brooding Vladimir Putin to the flash of a ferryman’s gold teeth, Maximishin's photographs are at once journalism and art.

Photogallery A Bird's-Eye View Of Eastern Europe

While Western Europe and the United States have tightened laws on drones, countries of the former communist bloc have been slower to close their skies to unmanned aerial vehicles. Over the past two years, RFE/RL photographer Amos Chapple has made the most of the free airspace to capture a series of unique photographs of monuments dating back to the Soviet past and beyond.

January 2016

Photogallery Pictures Of The Week

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the fourth week of 2016.

Photogallery Living In Poverty Amid Azerbaijan's Black Gold

The Azerbaijani village of Novkhany near Baku is located right beside an oil field. RFE/RL photo reporter Petr Shelomovskiy went there to document the daily lives of local farmers and other inhabitants.

Photogallery By The Numbers (January)

The world in statistics. (Graphics designed by Helena Zabranska)

Photogallery Georgia's Punks And Goths

Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, is known in the South Caucasus region for its relative ethnic and cultural diversity. That has also led to the emergence of a small punk community, and an even smaller goth scene with its macabre style and music. This photo story is part of ongoing work by British journalist and photographer Onnik James Krikorian on youth and subcultures in Georgia for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. For more photos by Krikorian, visit his website http://www.onnik-krikorian.com.

Photogallery Photos Of The Week #3

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Photogallery Azerbaijan Under Pressure

Protests in Azerbaijan have been met with a heavy security response. In a nation that depends on oil to keep the economic wheels turning, the continued slump in crude prices, along with the recent drop in value of the national currency, is putting enormous pressure on ordinary people. In recent years President Ilham Aliyev has spent billions on glittering vanity projects, especially in the capital, Baku. But with a government known for corruption and brutality, many Azeris are unimpressed with state spending on the capital’s skyline and the “caviar diplomacy” that has earned the country several recent sporting and cultural events. As the protests continue to simmer, there’s concern that a perfect storm of discontent may be brewing.

Photogallery Photos Of The Week #2

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Photogallery One Man's Airport On Lake Baikal

Through the summer days of the Soviet era, Vladimir Prokopyev was a busy man. On a pristine island in Lake Baikal, the airport manager watched over the arrival of three or sometimes four flights every day. Then it all stopped. While Vladimir carried on with his tasks, the U.S.S.R. collapsed. In the hard new realities of the free market, support for the air service disappeared and the planes stopped coming. But Vladimir, now 86, is a man of duty. He had an airport to maintain and, for the past 20 years, ever hopeful that scheduled flights would return, that’s exactly what he’s done. (Photos by RFE/RL's Petr Shelomovskiy)

Photogallery Armenians Face Cold Reality After Gyumri Massacre

The massacre of the Avetisian family one year ago shocked the Caucasus nation of Armenia. The killings left seven dead, spanning three generations, with the youngest victim just 6 months old. News that the lone suspect was a soldier stationed at Russia's 102nd Military Base, located in the northwestern city of Gyumri, left locals outraged. But despite this being only the latest in a string of violent incidents related to the base, many feel that without the presence of Russian military the very existence of Armenia would be threatened. Photos and text by RFE/RL's Amos Chapple

Photogallery Photos Of The Week #1

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Photogallery Photos Of The Week #53

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond

2016

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