Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Igor Butman

Russian Icon Roasted Over U.S. Citizenship

Iconic Russian jazzman Igor Butman, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, has come under fire from Kremlin critics over his U.S. citizenship after he performed in Russian-occupied Crimea. More

Khadija Ismayilova said the evidence the prosecution presented against her was based on witness statements that "were either taken under pressure or signed without these people actually reading the statements."

'I Might Be In Prison, But The Work Will Continue'

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, an RFE/RL contributor, has made a defiant closing statement in a Baku courtroom, saying her trial on economic crimes charges won't crush her spirit or stop her work. More

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty in an economic crimes case that many say is politically motivated.

Khadija Ismayilova 's Final Statement Before A Baku Court

An English translation of the closing statement that investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova presented to a Baku court following her conviction on economic crimes charges that are widely believed to have been fabricated. More

Almost 90,000 Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan to their home country in recent months. Many claim to have been beaten by police, detained, and evicted from their homes in Pakistan. (Photos by Vaiva Katinaityte)

Photogallery Afghan Refugees Flee -- This Time From Pakistan

Afghan refugees are on the run from the safe haven they sought in Pakistan. Tens of thousands have returned in recent months, amid claims of intimidation, extortion, and arbitrary detentions. More

"The goal is to get them to believe in themselves and their ability to do whatever they want to do," says camp counselor Tanya Bednarzyck.

At Ukrainian Camp, Orphans Learn Painful Past Doesn't Mean Grim Future

For 20 years, orphans from across Ukraine have been setting up camp in the Carpathian Mountains to learn lessons of life and better living. More


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