Friday, August 28, 2015


Top Shots

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

Afghan Refugees Flock Home Amid Crackdown In Pakistan

Almost 90,000 Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan to their home country in recent months. Many claim to have been beaten by police, detained, and evicted from their homes in Pakistan, which has set a December 31 deadline for the return of all Afghan refugees still living there. (Photos by Vaiva Katinaityte)

1968 Soviet-Led Invasion Of Czechoslovakia

Soviet troops and most of their Warsaw Pact allies invaded Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968, to halt political liberalization in the country called the Prague Spring.

The Very Best Photos Of The Week

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

Migrants Stranded At Macedonian Border

The Macedonian government has declared a state of emergency on its borders, blocking thousands of migrants from entering the country in their attempt to travel from Greece to other parts of the European Union. (Photos by RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Photos Of The Week #33

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 33rd week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive by clicking on the banner above.

Kabul's Quirky Car Stickers

One Western-like fad that has taken hold in Kabul in the last few years is the practice of decorating one's car with stickers. The quirky stickers on cars, trucks, and even police cars can help pass the time in the capital's clogged streets. Most of them are written in quirky, ungrammatical English, a language that only a small fraction of Afghans understand.

Musician, Songwriter, Cultural Force: Remembering Russia's Viktor Tsoi

Viktor Tsoi, front man for the popular Soviet band Kino, died in a car crash on August 15, 1990. Twenty-five years later, the lasting influence of the man often dubbed Russia's Jim Morrison continues to be felt.

Photos Of The Week #32

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

Deadly Floods Hit Macedonia

These photos capture the aftermath of floods and mudslides in Sipkovica village, near Tetovo, in Macedonia. Caused by heavy thunderstorms, hail, and torrential rain on the evening of August 3, the floods killed at least four people, including three children. Some villages have been completely cut off. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Photos Of The Week #31

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

Almaty's Olympic Bid

On July 31, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to announce the city that will host Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Either Almaty or Beijing will be chosen. Almaty has already started its preparations for the 2017 Winter Universiade.

Wildfires Sweep Through Russia's Baikal Region

Forest fires are raging in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, on the islands and shores of Lake Baikal. Volunteer firefighters are trying hard to stop the damage, but high winds are working against them. An area as large as 100,000 acres is thought to be affected. (Photos by Petr Shelomovskiy, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Afghanistan's Institute of Music

Music in Afghanistan is perhaps best known, particularly in the West, for falling silent under the Taliban. But since 2001, musicians within and outside the country have taken steps to revive Afghanistan's unique musical tradition. One of them is Ahmad Sarmast, who heads the National Institute of Music.

Photos Of The Week #30

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

Scythe Matters: Depardieu Gets Mowing Tips From Belarus Strongman

French film star Gerard Depardieu is no stranger to unusual roles and controversy. But even hardened Depardieu-watchers may be taken aback by his latest visual foray -- scything a field with authoritarian Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Photos released by Belarus on July 23 showed a burly Lukashenka -- sporting track pants, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap in Belarusian national colors -- giving an even bulkier Depardieu a lesson in hand-scything at his estate outside Minsk. The Belarusian presidential office said the two sexagenarians used the encounter to discuss agriculture and the farming of organic food, among other topics. "You have beautiful women, good milk, and good meat. This is what a little bull like me needs," the 66-year-old French actor was quoted as saying by Belarusian media. "I see that people here are happy, calm, and that the country must be pleasant to live in," he said on a separate visit to a dairy farm. Depardieu traveled to Belarus with the producer of an upcoming film about the French Normandie-Niemen air regiment, which fought on the eastern front in World War II, local media reported. France, Belarus, and Russia are expected to work together on the project. (AFP)

Photos Of The Week #29

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

Scenes Of Tragedy At The MH17 Crash Site

One year ago, on July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Photographer Petr Shelomovskiy of RFE/RL's Current Time TV program documented the disaster in its immediate aftermath, and returned to the crash site near the village of Grabovo repeatedly in the months that followed.

Tehran Residents Celebrate Nuclear Deal

Residents of northern Tehran poured onto the streets after the daily Ramadan fast ended on July 14 to celebrate a long-awaited agreement on the country's nuclear program. Iran's nuclear negotiating team and representatives of world powers had announced the historic nuclear deal in Vienna earlier in the day. (AFP)

Spacious Homes Become Soldiers' Barracks In Pisky

The town of Pisky, near Donetsk, used to be home to some of the wealthier residents of eastern Ukraine. But as the Donbas region spiraled into conflict last year, rich and poor alike abandoned their homes. The larger houses, some worth millions of dollars, have now been appropriated by Ukrainian government forces. As they wait for the next clash with Russian-backed separatists, the troops sleep, train, and cook in the luxury mansions of the region's upper classes. (Photos by James Sprankle)

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