Friday, June 24, 2016


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Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond

Photos Of The Week #24

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 24th week of 2016.

Abkhazia: Coming Back To The 'Soviet Riviera'

Abkhazia is shunned by most of the world, so vacationers from Russia -- one of the few countries that recognizes the breakaway Georgian region's independence claim -- are a boon to its economy and self-image. The number of Russians visiting the lush coastal territory has been rising in recent years.

Tributes Across Europe For Victims Of Orlando Attack

People around the world have shared messages of sympathy and solidarity in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In many capital cities, citizens created memorials outside U.S. embassies in honor of the victims. Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the June 12 attack.

A History Of Recent U.S. Mass Shootings

A gun attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12 killed at least 49 people and wounded 53 in the deadliest shooting incident ever in the United States. The suspect, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, was shot dead by police after a three-hour rampage at the nightclub. It was the latest in a long line of mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

Photos Of The Week #23

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

Pavlensky's Threat: The Story Behind The Photo

The photo of performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky in front of the burning door of Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow is one of the defining images of Russia’s current era. But, as the two young journalists who were there recall, it’s a small miracle any photographs survived the night.

Afghanistan Before The Wars

Elliot Larson and his wife Marty worked in a medical facility in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, while raising a young family from 1970 to 1974. On many of their outings they took a small Minolta camera, shooting slide film of weekends in the sun and trips to regions where today not even NATO soldiers can safely travel. The couple has kindly shared their pictures with RFE/RL, which are published here for the first time.

Photos Of The Week #22

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.


The Soviet Union's Public Art Legacy

Across the former Soviet Union, colorful communist-era mosaics still adorn government buildings, housing blocks, and factory walls. Many celebrate industry and culture with artistic flourishes that belie their staid subjects. Photographer David Trilling found himself drawn to them again and again on his travels around Russia and Central Asia.

Museum Of War In Eastern Ukraine Gets Ready To Open

Curators are putting the finishing touches on exhibits at a new museum in Dnipropetrovsk devoted to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The first exhibit to open is an outdoor display called "The Roads of Donbas," where streets signs point the way to the sites of major battles, littered with armored vehicles, ambulances, artillery, and other artifacts of war. The indoor part of the museum will open later this year.

Photos Of The Week #21

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

A Look Back: Khadija Ismayilova's Life In Pictures

May 27 marks the 40th birthday of investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. Two day's earlier, Azerbaijan's Supreme Court ordered the RFE/RL journalist's release from prison. Ismayilova had been detained since 2014 on charges widely believed to be related to her reports linking the family of President Ilham Aliyev to large-scale corruption.

RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Released From Azerbaijani Custody

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova walked free from an Azerbaijani prison and vowed to keep on working after the country's Supreme Court reduced her sentence from from 7 1/2 years in custody to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years.

The State Of Mothers

Photographer Anastasia Kulagina and journalist Sofya Shaidullina discovered an unrecognized state in Russia: mothers of disabled children who are fighting a silent battle for their kids' rights. Unable to get adequate help from the government, they found their own institutions and charitable foundations. How? The authors spent 18 months documenting these women’s efforts.

On The Rails In Georgia

Trains move slowly through the landscape of Georgia, and that's exactly how Vakho Khetaguri likes it. The photographer, who works in stark black and white, recently exhibited his ongoing project on a form of transport that was once considered the height of progress in Georgia -- but is now used mostly by low-income travelers.

Photos Of The Week #20

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

The Russian Empire Revisited

A century ago, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokhudin-Gorskii traveled through the territory of the Russian Empire. Under the patronage of Tsar Nicholas II, he documented diverse people and places using an early color photography process of his own invention. In recent years, Prokhudin-Gorskii's work became an Internet sensation when digital technology enabled the photos' restoration to crisp, colorful representations of the early 1900s. A small group of enthusiasts began tracking down the exact places captured during the photographer's travels. The following pairs of photos, separated by a century of war, revolution, and changing borders, are remarkable for how little appears to have changed in more than a hundred years.

Photos Of The Week #19

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.

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