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Romania Boosts Fight Against Corruption Amid High-Level Scandalsi
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July 18, 2014
Romania has struggled with an epidemic of corruption for years, but under pressure from abroad and from its citizens, officials are making great strides toward reining in graft. The main anticorruption body was in the headlines again this month as it pursued bribery charges against the brother of President Traian Basescu. In a sign of Romania's shifting landscape, the president said that the justice system must take precedence even over his family loyalties. (Produced by Alexandru Eftode, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service, and Margot Buff)

Romania Fights Graft

Romania's main anticorruption body was in the headlines this month as it pursued bribery charges against the brother of the president.

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Video Iraqi Christians Describe Expulsion From Mosul

Some of the Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee rebel-controlled Mosul spoke with RFE/RL in Dohuk, in Iraq's Kurdish region.

Video Vox Pop: Muscovites On MH17 Crash

RFE/RL asked Moscow residents what they knew from the Russian media about the July 17 crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.


Video Remembering A Childhood Meeting With A General, And A Tragedy

Shortly before the July 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic appeared on television reassuring civilians, patting a boy's head, and giving chocolates to children. The boy he met, Izudin Alic, remembers that day as the last time he would see his father.

Video Empty Beaches At Crimea's Tourist Resorts

The Crimean peninsula has traditionally thrived on tourism along its Black Sea coast. But after Russia's annexation of the region in March, the number of tourists has plummeted, leaving restaurants, hotels, and tourist agencies struggling to survive. (RFE/RL)


Video Yo! How To Swear When The Kremlin Says You Can't

One of the most notorious Russian epithets involves an unpleasant sentiment involving someone's mother -- a phrase that utilizes one of the most pungent sounds in the Russian language, "yo." Russian speakers have invented literally hundreds of G-rated ways to convey the sound without the sentiment.

Video World War I: Gavrilo Princip's Final Days

On June 28, 1914, Bosnian Serb revolutionary Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to Austria-Hungary's throne in Sarajevo, setting in motion events that led to the start of World War I. Princip was imprisoned in a fortress near Prague. A historian describes the assassin's torturous years there.


Video Dzhemilev Says Russia Uses Soviet Tactics To Divide Crimean Tatars

Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, who has been barred from returning to his homeland after Russia's annexation of Crimea, says Moscow is relying "on the old Soviet policy of dividing the Crimean Tatars."

Video Fears Of Violence Drive Tattoos' Popularity In Iraq

Tattoo parlors, once a rarity in Iraq, are increasingly common on Baghdad streets as young men seek out fashionable new looks. But there's a darker side to the trend. Tattoo artists say a growing number of clients are choosing tattoos that could help identify them if they become victims of violence.


Video Hope For Afghan Acid Attack Victim

A donation organized by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan offers a glimmer of hope to Akhtara, a mother of four, who was left severely scarred after her husband's killer threw acid in her face and who had to resort to begging to make ends meet.

Video Crimea-Themed Putin T-Shirts Go On Sale Near Kremlin

T-shirts featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin's image have gone on sale at the GUM department store near the Kremlin in Moscow. The campaign was organized by a pro-Kremlin group called "Vsyo Putyom" ("It's All Right"), a pun on the Russian leader's name.


Video Released Activist Says Donetsk Rebels Use Captives As Forced Labor

An activist recently released from rebel captivity in Donetsk says pro-Russian insurgents occupying the regional state security headquarters make their captives do menial work.

Video 'One Romany Dance' Across Europe

Ukrainian-born choreographer Petia Iourtchenko, who performs and teaches Romany dances around the world, says dance is a bridge between cultures and a unifying force for Roma everywhere.


Video Ukrainian Activist Family Hopes For Change

During Ukraine's mass antigovernment protests early this year, the Trofanyuk family traveled to Kyiv to join the Maidan movement on Independence Square. Now back in their village in western Ukraine, the Trofanyuks are hoping that the early presidential election on May 25 will bring stability.

Video Walesa Praises West For Helping Defeat Communism

Former Polish President Lech Walesa says the West played an instrumental role in bringing down communism in his country a quarter of a century ago.


Video Kwasniewski Praises Jaruzelski

Former President Aleksander Kwasniewski said late Polish communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating a peaceful transition to democracy in the late 1980s.

Video Chez Yanukovych: Displaced Families In Ukraine

Some Ukrainian families displaced from Crimea and the country's east have settled at the former residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Mezhyhirya, near Kyiv.


Video Lech Walesa Criticizes Protest Leaders

Former Polish President Lech Walesa has criticized leaders of Ukraine's pro-European Maidan protest movement for failing to negotiate with the former government, thus giving Russia a pretext for intervention.

Video Russian Gay Rights Advocates Fear Closure Of NGO

The St. Petersburg-based organization Vykhod -- translated as Exit, or Coming Out -- offers support to the LGBT community in Russia, where laws against "homosexual propaganda" make it a crime to publicly promote gay rights. Leaders of the organization say they are coming under pressure.


Video Evacuees From Flooded Serbian Town Describe Ordeal

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in Serbia amid the worst floods in living memory. Some 8,000 people have evacuated the flooded town of Obrenovac.

Video Iraqi Mandaeans Celebrate Religious Holiday In Kurdistan

Members of Iraq's Mandaean minority, who practice a distinct and ancient monotheistic religion, this week observed one of their holiest rituals, known as the Golden Baptism. The celebration took place in the Kurdistan region, where many Mandaeans from southern Iraq have sought refuge from violence.


Video 1944 Deportation Victim: ‘I Will Never Forgive Russia’

Ali Aliyev was 14 years old when he and his family were forcibly put on a cattle train and moved out of Crimea. On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government deported more than 230,000 Crimean Tatars from their homeland as a form of collective punishment for alleged collaboration with the Nazis.

Video Ukrainian Miner Describes Torture In Rebel Captivity

Oleksandr Hurov, a 36-year-old coal miner from Novohradovka in eastern Ukraine, says he was kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian rebels after he took down a separatist flag from the main government building in his hometown.


Video Afghanistan's First Female Cabbie

Sahra Bahayi says she is the first female taxi driver in Afghanistan. Though her claim is hard to prove, the teacher and driver in Mazar-e Sharif is among very few Afghan women who drive at all. She faces threats, harassment, and accusations that her behavior is un-Islamic.

Video Ukrainian Teenager Recovers After Limb Amputation

Sixteen-year-old Oleksandr Kozlovsky was brought to the Czech Republic for medical treatment after being shot in the leg during pro-European demonstrations in February.


Video Russian Historian Says East Ukraine Referendums 'Make No Sense'

Prominent Russian historian Andrei Zubov has dismissed the self-rule referendums in eastern Ukraine as "making no sense" from the legal point of view. Zubov lost his job after writing an article comparing Putin's annexation of Crimea to Adolf Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland in 1938.

Video Interview: Afghan Presidential Candidate Ashraf Ghani

Afghan presidential frontrunner Ashraf Ghani said that he is prepared to contest a runoff election if necessary in order to ensure a strong mandate.


Video Russian State TV Anchor: 'Propaganda Is Journalism'

Andrei Kondrashov is one of 300 media professionals awarded by Russian President Vladimir Putin for their coverage of events in Crimea. He says he sees no difference between journalism and propaganda.

Video 10-Year-Olds Answer: What Is The EU?

May 1 marked the 10th anniversary of the accession of 10 new member states to the European Union. In the Czech capital, Prague, RFE/RL asked fifth-grade students if they knew the significance of the anniversary.


Video In Shift Toward Free Speech, Turkmens Voice Anger With Government

Under Turkmenistan's repressive regime, speaking out against the government can land the speaker in jail. But in recent interviews with RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, some citizens have begun to speak up for their rights, expressing anger with bureaucracy, corruption, and the lack of social services.

Video Interview: Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili sat down for an interview at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague on April 25 with Georgian Service correspondent Salome Asatiani. Margvelashvili discussed what he would like to say to Russian President Vladimir Putin in potential talks.


Video As Europe Lifts Visa Regime For Moldova, A Family Reunites

As of April 28, Moldovans can travel to the European Union without visas for the first time. Domnica Vasilachi, a farmer in the village of Suric, is one Moldovan who is seizing the opportunity to go abroad for the first time, making plans to finally meet her two young grandsons in Greece.

Video 'Black Stallion' Folk Dance Revival Sweeps Kyrgyzstan

At weddings, on dance floors, and even in shopping malls, young Kyrgyz like to show off the dance moves known as Kara Jorgo, or the "Black Stallion." It's a folk dance that was once nearly lost to time, but has seen a sudden revival amid a growing interest in traditional Kyrgyz culture.


Video RFE/RL Interview: Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti sat down for an interview at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague on April 25 with Moldovan Service director Oana Serafim. He discussed Russia's actions in Crimea and reiterated the call for Moscow to withdraw its troops from Moldovan territory.

Video A Drive Around Slovyansk

A taxi driver, who asked not to be identified, took an RFE/RL correspondent for a ride around the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, where armed separatists continued to man barricades and occupy key government buildings. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)


Video A Moldovan Village Pulled In Two Directions

The Moldovan village of Dorotcaia lies close to the administrative border of Transdniester -- and some residents think their town would be better off joining the breakaway region. But others worry that recent calls for a referendum on joining Transdniester have been driven by misinformation.

Video Slovyansk Mayor Says Armed Separatists Hand Out Guns To Residents

Nelya Shtepa, the mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, says armed pro-Russia separatists have been giving weapons they seized from the local police headquarters to local residents.


Video Interview: Kyrgyzstan's New Prime Minister

Newly-appointed Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev sat down for an interview with RFE/RL's Venera Djumataeva in Bishkek on April 17.

Video Volunteers Form Antiseparatist Battalion In Dnipropetrovsk

Former soldiers, reservists, as well as people with no military experience are forming a volunteer battalion in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk to counter pro-Russia separatists in the region. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)


Video 'We Don't Need Russia's Help' - Donetsk Residents Rally For Sovereign Ukraine

Thousands attended a pro-Ukrainian rally the eastern city of Donetsk on April 17 despite security worries as armed separatists continued to occupy government buildings in the Donbas region.

Video Separatist Leader In Ukraine's Slovyansk Asks Putin For Help

Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, a separatist leader in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, called a news conference at the occupied city-council building on April 14 to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to send help for pro-Russia protesters in the region. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)


Video Ukraine's Acting Foreign Minister Says Evidence Proves Russian Role In Unrest

Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya says evidence proves Russia's involvement in the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. In an interview to RFE/RL on April 14, he said the militant takeover of several eastern Ukrainian cities simultaneously was identical to the actions of pro-Russia

Video  Rebuilt After War, Bosnian Library Is Ready To Reopen

After a long and costly reconstruction project, the Bosnian National Library has been restored to its former grandeur and is ready to open to the public.


Video Crimea Debrief

RFE/RL journalist Andrei Sharogradsky spent a week in Crimea covering the story as Russian forces took control of the Ukrainian territory.

Video Bosnian Protests Dwindle, But Economic Troubles Run Deep

While the widespread protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina over economic woes that demonstrators blame on government corruption and inefficiency have abated, the underlying causes have not. Mirna Sadikovic of RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports on the Bosnians who are struggling just to buy food.


Video Vox Pop: EU Or Russia? Transdniestrians Discuss Region's Future

RFE/RL's Moldova Service asked residents of Tiraspol, the capital of Moldova's breakaway pro-Russian Transdniester region, to comment on Chisinau's course to join the European Union and share their views on the region's prospects for the next five years. (RFE/RL's Moldova Service)

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RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 28i
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July 28, 2014
Muslims in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Tajikistan celebrate Eid al-Fitr, plus stories from Moldova and Serbia.
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Video July 28

Muslims in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Tajikistan celebrate Eid al-Fitr, plus stories from Moldova and Serbia.
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Video July 25

A Russian court orders a captured Ukrainian soldier to remain in pretrial detention, Kyrgyzstan's exiled ex-president is sentenced in absentia to life in prison, Tatarstan starts promoting the 2015 aquatic sports world championships in Kazan -- plus stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Serbia.
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Video July 24

Guilty verdicts against Russian opposition activists in a Moscow court, a protest in northern Iraq for Christians evicted by Islamic militants, Afghanistan trains more security forces -- plus stories from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan
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Video July 23

Protests in Kabul against civilian casualties of war, a new Islamic center opens at the oldest mosque in Tatarstan, kindergarten for children in Kyrgyzstan's remote mountains -- plus stories from Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
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Video July 22

A suicide bomber kills four near Kabul's airport, religious minorities in Pakistan protest against Israel's Gaza offensive, fire destroys a bazaar in southern Tajikistan -- plus stories from Tajikistan and Serbia.

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