Tuesday, August 30, 2016


The Strife Of Eastern Ukraine's Coal Miners

Ukraine’s state-run coal mines are in crisis. Two years of war and political upheaval in eastern Ukraine have led to plummeting production levels, with damage at many facilities due to fighting, and large-scale depopulation as residents flee the conflict with Russian-backed separatists. The few state-owned coal enterprises still running are fighting to survive.

Top Shots

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 35th week of 2016.

Photos Of The Week #34

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 34th week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Chechnya At War

Twenty years ago, the first war between the Russian Federation and its independence-minded republic of Chechnya ended. The nearly two-year conflict was some of the worst violence Europe had seen since World War II and serves today as a bitter example of the horrors of modern warfare.

Rio Olympics: The Great, The Not-So Good, And The Ugly

There were many great performances to cheer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but the games also had their unfortunate issues and ugly events.

Rio Olympics, Day 16

Highlights of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016

Rio Olympics, Day 15

Host Brazil beat Germany on penalties in Rio to win their first men's Olympic soccer gold medal. August 20 was also a very good day for Russia, which took home four more gold medals as the Olympics neared an end.

Photos Of The Week #33

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 33rd week of 2016. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.


Looking Up: The Giant Art Transforming Kyiv

Since the deadly Euromaidan protests of 2014, murals have been appearing on the streets of the Ukrainian capital. Many are politically charged pieces from locals. Some are large-scale epics by international artists. But all reflect the youthful energy and national spirit that is unique to today's Kyiv.

Rio Olympics, Day 13

A historic day for Iranian women, a victory for Ukraine, and yet more glory for Usain Bolt as the Olympics enters its final stages on August 18.

Rio Olympics, Day 12

It was another good day for Japan, China, and the United States on the 12th day of the Rio Olympics as each country asserted dominance in their favored sports on August 17.

Rio Olympics, Day 11

Several countries – including Armenia, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine – scored their first gold medals of the Rio Olympic games on August 16, although some of the events did not pass without controversy.

From Central Asia To Hungarian Plain -- 'The Meeting Of The Tribes'

Ancient links between Hungarians and nomads from Central Asia were celebrated at the biannual "Kurultai"  or "Meeting of the Tribes" in Bugac, Hungary, on August 12-14. The event, first held in 2008, features yurts, colorful costumes, music, and horsemanship.

Rio Olympics, Day 10

On the 10th day of the Olympics, a runner won gold by diving across the finish line, fans booed the judges' decision in favor of a Russian boxer, and a weightlifter known as "the Pride of Uzbekistan" brought home his country's first Olympic medal in the sport. Here are some of the highlights from August 15.

Rio Olympics, Day 9

Highlights of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016

Rio Olympics, Day 8

Russia won its fourth fencing gold medal on August 13, beating Ukraine in the women’s team sabre event. It was the seventh overall medal in fencing for the Russians, by far the most of any country. Here are the Day 8 highlights from the Rio Games.

Photos Of The Week #32

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 32nd week of 2016.

Rio Olympics, Day 7

China beat world-champion Russia to take the gold in women's cycling, while the Russian men's team beat France to win its third fencing gold in Rio. Here are the Day 7 highlights from the Rio Games.

Rio Olympics, Day 6

Lukas Krpalek grabbed the Czech Republic's first-ever Olympic medal in judo, while U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 13th individual gold medal. Here are the Day 6 highlights from the Rio Games.

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