Friday, January 30, 2015


Could Have Fooled Me! Russia's 'Fake' Foods

In August 2014, Russia announced it was banning foreign food imports to punish the West for imposing economic sanctions over Ukraine. Since then, the country has scrambled to fill emptying market shelves with locally made alternatives to Finnish yogurt, Dutch cheese, and Italian mozzarella, whose packaging appears intended to fool Russian shoppers. Sergei Chernov, a journalist and photographer based in St. Petersburg, takes a look at some recent mealtime options, many of which appear to involve processed cheese.

Top Shots

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the fifth week of 2015.

Photos Of The Week #4

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the fourth week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

A Snowy Game Of Buzkashi

Horsemen competed in a winter tournament in buzkashi, also known as kokpar, in the eastern Uzbek city of Parkent on January 21. In the Central Asian sport, which is often compared to polo, riders compete to grab a goat carcass and carry it toward a goal. The players at the Parkent games included ethnic Kazakhs, who make up a sizable part of eastern Uzbekistan's population, as well as ethnic Uzbeks and others. (Photos by Umida Ahmedova of RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Donetsk Hospital Hit By Shelling

Amid intense fighting in Donetsk, a shell hit city hospital №3 on January 19. The hospital is located in a separatist-held area. The cardiology department was destroyed, and other parts of the hospital were also damaged. A number of the patients were evacuated to another hospital in the city.

Azerbaijan's 'Black January'

It's 25 years since "Black January," what Azerbaijan calls the time when Soviet troops killed more than 200 people in a bloody but doomed attempt to save the Soviet Union. Thousands of people were arrested and local TV transmitters were blown up. But the crackdown only strengthened the local independence movement, and the following year Azerbaijan became a sovereign state.

Chechens Protest Against Charlie Hebdo

Tens of thousands of Chechens joined an official rally against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 19, denouncing its cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The protest was addressed by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who described the cartoons as "vulgar and immoral." Reuters caption: Tens of thousands of people staged the rally on January 19 in Chechnya against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the prophet, which the predominantly Muslim region's leader denounced as "vulgar and immoral".

Photos Of The Week #3

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the third week of 2015. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

In Pictures: France Unity March

More than 1 million people and dozens of world leaders are taking part in a silent march through Paris on January 11 to honor the victims of the deadly January 7-9 terrorist attacks in the French capital.

Photos Of The Week #2

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the second week of 2015.

Cartoonists Pay Tribute To Charlie Hebdo

Cartoonists around the world have united in solidarity with the four French cartoonists of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo who were killed in an attack on its offices in Paris on January 7 by masked gunmen.

Many Dead In Gun Attack On French Satirical Weekly

At least 11 people, including two police officers and one journalist, have been killed in a shooting at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Police said 10 people were wounded in the January 7 attack on the weekly, which has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Orthodox Mark Christmas Holiday

Here are some of images from RFE/RL's broadcast region as Orthodox Christians around the world mark Christmas on January 7, when the holiday falls according to the Julian calendar.

Kazakhstan's Year In Satire

RFE/RL Kazakh Service political cartoonists Ansa Mustafa, Sabit Kurmanbekov, and Galym Smagululy take a satirical look at 2014.

Photos Of The Week #1

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the first week of 2015.

Christmas In Tehran

When you think of Christmas, seldom does Iran come to mind. But in the Islamic republic, Christmas is celebrated in public, unlike many countries in the region. Despite being a strictly Shi'ite Muslim country, there are church services in major cities, where some shops are decorated with banners, snow globes, candy canes, and Santa Claus figures. In Iran, celebrating Christmas has become gradually popular over the years, particularly among young people, regardless of religion. The Islamic republic has around 100,000 Christians, most of them ethnic Armenians.

Photos Of The Week #52

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 52nd week of 2014. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

Photos Of The Week #51

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond for the 51st week of 2014. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive.

2014: The Year In Photos

In 2014, Ukraine spiraled into civil conflict, fresh violence shook Gaza, and the Islamic State militant group seized swathes of Iraq and Syria. These are some of the photographs that tell the stories of the year.

My Ukraine: Memory & Identity

In Ukraine, your past can say a lot about your future. And as the country continues to struggle for the right to shape its 21st-century identity, many people are reexamining their family roots as a reminder of who they are today. RFE/RL correspondent Daisy Sindelar recently traveled to six Ukrainian cities -- Kyiv, Lviv, Uzhhorod, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv -- to talk to people about their old family photographs. What she found was a country whose tumultuous 20th-century history is far from forgotten. Fourteen Ukrainians have shared their stories, and photographs, for the "My Ukraine" project. This is but a brief sampling. Find the entire project by clicking here.

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