Saturday, February 06, 2016

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Podcast: The Importance Of Being Ramzan

It's impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov -- and he knows it. On the Power Vertical Podcast, we pay a visit to the strange and scary world of Planet Ramzan and try to unpack the Kadyrov factor.

Video Kyrgyz Horsemen Go For The Goat

Across Central Asia, horsemen compete in a rugged game in which they grapple over a goat's carcass and try to drag it toward a goal. In Kyrgyzstan, the sport is known as kok-boru, and it's enjoying a nationwide revival. More

Russia has long voiced alarm about the potential for violence in Afghanistan -- where the Soviet Union fought a disastrous war of occupation for nearly a decade before withdrawing in 1988 -- to spill over into the mostly Muslim countries of former Soviet Central Asia.

Cash Crunch, Stretched Military Spur Russian Troop Cuts

Money troubles and a military stretched by war in Syria and Ukraine have prompted Russia to reverse plans to send more troops to Tajikistan -- despite what Kremlin officials say is a growing threat from Islamic militants across the border in Afghanistan. More


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Mangy Menagerie: Animals Left Behind In Abandoned Armenian Zooi
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February 04, 2016
In an abandoned zoo in Gyumri, Armenia, forgotten animals wallow in despair. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Battleground Ukraine

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Kyiv Protesters Call On Dutch To Reject Russian Propagandai
February 05, 2016
Ukrainian activists protested in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv with banners warning: "Don't listen to Russian propaganda." The protesters displayed a famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh with one bandaged ear, repurposing the image to warn against listening to misinformation. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kyiv Protesters Call On Dutch To Reject Russian Propaganda

Ukrainian activists protested in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv with banners warning: "Don't listen to Russian propaganda." The protesters displayed a famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh with one bandaged ear, repurposing the image.

Video Serbian Activists Commemorate Pro-Fascist Wartime Leader

Demonstrators gathered in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on February 4 to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of General Milan Nedic, who led Serbia during its wartime collaboration with Nazi Germany. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Ukrainian Military, Separatists Both Hold Drills As Tensions Rise

Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists each held military exercises in the country's east amid reports of renewed fighting. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Pakistan Airline Workers Continue Strike After Deadly Clash

Pakistan International Airlines canceled all domestic and international flights, as the national carrier’s employees continued their strike for a second day. Workers held a sit-in protest against the government's planned privatization of the airline. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video License-Plate Privileges Chopped For Top Kyrgyz Officials

Kyrgyz authorities began destroying license plates designated for members of parliament and other high-ranking government officials. Parliament decided to revoke special license plates for top officials because of cases of drivers abusing their privileges and violating traffic rules.

Video Pakistani Doctors, Nurses Strike In Peshawar

Health-care workers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar went on a one-day strike, bringing chaos for many patients at local hospitals. Doctors, paramedics and nurses agreed to strike after the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced reforms to the health-care system.

Video Protesting Pakistan Airline Employees Killed In Karachi

At least two workers of Pakistan International Airlines were killed and several others wounded after security forces allegedly opened fire on protesting employees of the national carrier at Karachi airport. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Civilians Killed In Blast Near Kabul Police Station

Afghan security forces cordoned off an area near a police station after a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul. At least nine people were killed and many others were wounded. (RFE/RL's Radio Azadi)

Video Russian Grand Master Promotes Chess In Serbian Village

Former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov took on some local enthusiasts in the southeastern Serbian village of Merosina, as part of a visit as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. First, a quick game in the village square... (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Portraits Unveiled Of Ukrainians Detained By Russia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has opened an exhibition featuring portraits of people who Kyiv says have been illegally detained by Russia, such as filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and pilot Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kosovar Serbs Protest War Crimes Conviction

Police in Kosovska Mitrovica said around 500 people took part in a demonstration after an international court found a prominent Kosovo Serb politician guilty of war crimes charges. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Montenegro's Prime Minister Survives Confidence Vote Over NATO Membership Offer

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has survived a confidence vote over his country's invitation to join NATO. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Pakistanis Protest Shop Demolitions After Traders Electrocuted

Merchants in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, are outraged over a municipal campaign to dismantle illegal shops after two traders are electrocuted in a demolition. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Pakistani Jirga Demands Rights For Tribal Areas

Pakistani tribal elders, including many women, gathered in Peshawar on January 27 to demand reforms to the colonial-era laws still governing the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Under the outdated laws, residents of the tribal areas do not share the full legal rights of other Pakistanis.

Video Serbian Photographers Protest Copyright Changes

Serbian photojournalists destroyed their own prints in protest against government proposals to remove copyright protection from their work. Critics say it's an attack on media freedom. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Star Of Pakistani Cricket Visits Peshawar Army School

Shahid Afridi, the captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 cricket team, visited the school where 144 people were killed in a Taliban attack in 2014. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Pakistan University Reopens After Deadly Attacks

Heavy security surrounded the reopening of Pakistan's Bacha Khan University, nearly a week after a deadly attack there by militants. The campus in the northwestern district of Charsadda, near Peshawar, was closed after 21 students and staff were killed on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Armenian Activist Loses Appeal, Remains In Detention

Supporters of Armenian opposition activist Gevorg Safarian protested in Yerevan after an appeals court ruled he must remain in pretrial detention for two months. He was arrested with four others on New Year's Eve as they tried to place a Christmas tree in Yerevan's Liberty Square. (RFE/RL's Armenian

Video Protester Disrupts Graffiti Artists' Trial In Minsk

A protest erupted in a courtroom in Minsk, as three graffiti artists went on trial for painting political slogans on buildings. A supporter in the court shouted “No to political repression", "Art is not a crime”, and "This is not a trial, but a circus!" (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video Pakistan's Bara Shopkeepers Try To Rebuild And Reopen

Market traders are starting to repair their damaged shops in Bara, Pakistan, seven years after many were destroyed in clashes with Islamic militants. Government officials said that the Bara Bazaar near Peshawar can reopen on February 1. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Calls For Early Elections As Protests Continue In Moldova

Demonstrations continued for a third straight day in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau. Amid widespread anger over corruption, protesters called for early elections and denounced parliament's approval of a new pro-European government. (RFR/RL's Moldovan Service)


Video Moldova's Potty Protester

Anatol Matasaru is a civil rights activist who was charged with hooliganism for an unconventional protest outside of Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center.

Video 'You Protect Us All, Like Baby Birds'

At last week's congress of Kazakhstan's ruling party, long-time President Nursultan Nazarbaev received praise so effusive, it was reminiscent of accolades accorded to the leader of North Korea.

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