Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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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.

The Aftermath Of The Downing Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

On July 17 the world was shocked by the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a scheduled international passenger connection between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, had been shot down over eastern Ukraine. It is believed to have been hit with a BUK surface-to-air missile. The aircraft went down near the village of Hrabove in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 283 passengers and 15 crew on board the Boeing 777-200ER airliner died in the tragic incident.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Turns 60

German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned 60 on July 17. She was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in Hamburg but grew up in a small town near East Berlin, where her father served as a Lutheran pastor.

Five Years Without Natalya Estemirova

Russian journalist and human rights activist Natalya Estemirova was abducted in the Chechen capital, Grozny, on July 15, 2009. Her body was found the next day in neighboring Ingushetia. The Memorial Human Rights Center, where Estemirova worked, has said an initial investigation by authorities showed the possible involvement of local law enforcement officers in the crime. There have been no arrests in her case.

Kickboxing And Porsches In 'The Other Pakistan'

Some of Pakistan's more affluent residents enjoy a lifestyle that is far removed from the conflict and instability often associated with the country by observers abroad.

Photos Of The Week #28

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

Srebrenica Victims Reburied On Anniversary Of Massacre

July 11 marks the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, when Bosnian Serb forces overran the town and killed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys. On the anniversary, the bodies of 175 newly identified victims were due to be reburied at the memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica. The remains of more than 6,000 people have so far been exhumed from mass graves and reburied at the cemetery, and work to identify the remaining victims continues. Photos by Sadik Salimovic, RFE/RL's Balkan Service

At Russia And At Home, Tajik Migrants 'In The Cold'

One in four Tajik citizens lives and works in Russia. Ksenia Diodorova, a graphic designer from St. Petersburg, spent part of the past winter photographing families living high up in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan's remote Gorno-Badakhshan province. She then met with their relatives toiling in Russia to support them financially. The result is "In The Cold," a poignant photo essay illustrating the harsh realities of labor migration.

Snapshots From The Donbas Front

Artur Gasparyan , a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine after the deadly fire in Odesa. He shares with us some of the photographs he brought back from his month in the conflict.

Thwarted Suicide Caught In Public View In Tehran

An Iranian man threatening to jump from a telephone pole in central Tehran was talked down by emergency services on July 8 as crowds gathered below and blocked traffic for three hours.

Eduard Shevardnadze: From Cold War Hero To Fallen Leader

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Georgian president and Soviet foreign minister, died on July 7 at the age of 86. This is a look at the political career of the man who was considered a hero in the West for helping end the Cold War as the last Soviet foreign minister but who suffered a dramatic fall from grace as president of his native Georgia.

Photos Of The Week #27

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

Fragile Calm Reigns In Luhansk, Ukraine

The city of Luhansk, the seat of the self-declared separatist "Luhansk People's Republic," is one of the flashpoints of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Some rebels in the Luhansk region agreed to observe a 10-day cease-fire called by President Petro Poroshenko, but renewed clashes broke out in the region even before the truce expired on June 30. But in the city of Luhansk, residents are carrying on with daily life despite the crisis unfolding nearby. RFE/RL correspondent Andrei Babitsky filed these photos of a city in a state of limbo.

Photos Of The Week #26

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

Eastern Ukraine: Slovyansk Amid The Cease-Fire

The city of Slovyansk has been a focal point of the conflict ravaging eastern Ukraine for months, with government forces battling pro-Russian separatists. Many residents have remained, but some have fled despite a cease-fire that was declared in the region by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. RFE/RL correspondent Andrei Babitsky got a firsthand look at the damage that has been inflicted on the city.

UNESCO Adds Russian Site To World Heritage List

The ancient city of Bolgar in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. The city was an early settlement of the civilization of Volga-Bolgars that existed between the 7th and 15th centuries.

Belarusian Rights Activist Arrives In Minsk

Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski arrived in Minsk after he was released from prison on June 21. He was welcomed at the capital's train station by his wife Natalya Pinchuk and a group of supporters.

Civilians Flee Pakistan's North Waziristan

Pakistan launched an offensive on June 15 aimed at rooting out Taliban fighters and other militants from North Waziristan in the country's tribal areas. The military action prompted a civilian exodus from the region, with many crossing the border into neighboring Afghanistan. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Photos Of The Week #25

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