Tuesday, April 21, 2015


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

Photos Of The Week #16

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

Debaltseve: The Town Of Death And Old People

Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists has left the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve in ruins. Many of those who remain are pensioners, who struggle to survive without any money, water, or heating. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has described the situation in Debaltseve as a "humanitarian catastrophe." (Photos by Petr Shelomovskiy for RFE/RL's Current Time TV program)

'There Is Only The Earth': Images Of The Armenian Diaspora

Armenian-American photojournalist Scout Tufankjian has traveled to more than 20 countries -- places as varied as Brazil, Ethiopia, India, and Russia -- to document the estimated 8-million-strong Armenian diaspora. Her new book, "There Is Only The Earth," comes as the world prepares to mark the April 24 centenary of the mass slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turks.

Victims Of The Boston Marathon Bombings

The deadly bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon in April 2013 had a devastating impact on many lives.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Family Background

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's conviction for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings marked the end of a long road for the ethnic Chechen, whose family emigrated to the United States in 2002.

Photos Of The Week #15

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

Kyrgyzstan's 2010 Revolution

Five years ago, on April 7, 2010, thousands of people rallied in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to demand the resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiev, whom they accused of corruption and abuse of power. The protests erupted into violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police that left many dead or injured. Within days, Bakiev resigned and fled the country.

Photos Of The Week #14

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

Ukraine's Children Of War

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Many of them are traumatized by what they have experienced. In a forest near Kyiv, a camp has been set up to help children and teenagers. Volunteers renovated a 1950s sanotorium, and psychologists work with the kids over a three-week period. Serhii Korovainyi of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service asked them about their dreams for the future.

Sagallo, Russia's Short-Lived Cossack Colony In Africa

In 1888, the "Scramble For Africa" was nearly over. European powers had carved out their colonies, and Imperial Russia still lacked a "place in the sun." But adventurer Nikolai Ivanovitch Achinov came up with a bizarre plan to create a Russian territory in what is now Djibouti. The following year, he and a small group of Cossacks raised their flag above the village of Sagallo. But after French objections, the tsar disowned them and the colony lasted less than a month.

Czech Crowds Welcome U.S. Military Convoy To Prague

Crowds of Czech citizens waved American flags to welcome a U.S. military convoy as it arrived on the outskirts of Prague on March 30. The 2nd Cavalry Regiment was en route to Germany from the Baltic countries, where the troops had conducted a six-month training mission with their NATO allies. The convoy covered more than 1,000 kilometers in recent days to show support to Eastern European allies worried by Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The convoy prompted a few small protests, mostly led by the Czech Communist Party, in contrast with much larger rallies held by supporters.

Photos Of The Week #13

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

Afghans Bury Woman Killed By Mob

An Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob after purportedly burning a copy of the Koran was buried in Kabul on March 22. The coffin of Farkhunda, known by only one name, was carried to the graveyard by women's rights activists amid crowds of men. The crowd demanded the government bring the killers to justice. Mohammad Zahir, a high-ranking Interior Ministry official, said no evidence had been found "to support claims that she had burned a Koran."

Photos Of The Week #12

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

Perm-36: The Gulag Camp Frozen In Time

Visitors to the Perm-36 museum in the Urals can stroll through a well-preserved prison camp of the Gulag system established by Soviet leader Josef Stalin. But despite the authenticity of the site, the museum's new curators are downplaying the camp's role in the repressions of the Stalin era. (Photos by Tom Balmforth, RFE/RL)

Among Armenia's Molokans

A few Armenian villages are home to communities of Russian Molokans -- a religious splinter group sometimes known as "Spiritual Christians." Having rejected the authority of the Orthodox Church, Molokans faced persecution for centuries under the Russian tsars. By the end of the 19th century, many had resettled in remote areas of the Caucasus, Siberia, and Central Asia. Others remained in southern Ukraine and Russia, or migrated to Romania's Danube Delta region or the western United States. Photographer Anthony Georgieff visited the villages of Fidosovka and Lermontovo in Armenia where Molokans continue to live an isolated and traditional way of life.

Israel And The West Bank 100 Years Ago

Israel is holding early elections called by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that opinion polls suggested were too close to call. As the world watches what impact the results will have on the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process, these hand-painted photographs from 1919 show life in a region that is very different from the Middle East of today. Nevertheless, the tensions that drive the current conflict were already simmering under the surface.

Photos Of The Week #11

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond over the past seven days. For more photo galleries, see our Picture This archive.

Returning To Earth After 167 Days In Space

A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and one American has landed in Kazakhstan after the trio spent nearly six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule landed on March 12 in heavy fog southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan on the Kazakh steppe.

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