Wednesday, April 01, 2015


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.

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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 #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.


Cartoon Villains: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis In Caricature

Andrei Zakirzyanov presents his take on the Russia-Ukraine crisis in a series of political cartoons for RFE/RL's Current Time TV program.

Humans In Cages: Hong Kong's Shoebox Housing

There are about 200,000 people living in Hong Kong in what the government calls "inadequate housing", including cubicle apartments and cage homes -- wire mesh hutches stacked on top of each other. Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying took power in 2012 with a pledge to make housing more affordable, but since then both home prices and the waiting list for public housing have jumped by a third, stoking calls for him to step down. Moving the city underground, creating man-made islands and sea reclamation are among the options proposed by the government to increase available land. Hong Kong's 6,800 hectares of reclaimed land -- about 6 percent of its territory -- already houses 1.9 million people.

Bulldozing History

Iraq’s government says Islamic State (IS) militants have begun bulldozing the remains of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq in their latest attack on the country’s historical heritage.

Photos Of The Week #10

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

Russians Say Farewell To Boris Nemtsov

Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin late on February 27, was buried on Moscow's Troyekurovskoye Cemetery on March 3. Earlier, family members stood by Nemtsov's open coffin as thousands of mourners filed into the Sakharov Center, a prominent civil-rights organization in Moscow, to pay their last respects at a public memorial service. Mourners in winter coats filed by the coffin, a few wiping away tears, in a public ritual that has followed the killings of several prominent Russians who have challenged Putin's government since he came to power 15 years ago.

Thousands Join Nemtsov Memorial March In Moscow

Tens of thousands of people joined a march in the heart of Moscow organized by Russia's opposition in memory of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

Photos Of The Week #9

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

Deadly Avalanches Sweep Northeastern Afghanistan

At least 162 people have died in a series of avalanches in mountainous regions of northeastern Afghanistan. Officials said on February 25 that most of the victims were in Panjshir Province, where heavy snowfall in recent days destroyed more than 100 homes and blocked main roads. The death toll was expected to rise, as other victims are believed to be trapped under the snow.

The Photos That Maddened The Mullahs

Iranian documentary photographer Milad Alaei, a former employee of the semiofficial Fars news agency, recently fled Iran and is now seeking asylum in Austria. Alaei told RFE/RL that he decided to leave after his editor assaulted him. He filed a complaint, but was met with threats and legal charges including “disrupting public opinion” and “ties with media opposed to the Islamic establishment.” Here are some of Alaei's photos that have been barred from publication in Iran.

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