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Eyeing Russia, Sweden Shows Military Muscle On Gotlandi
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May 25, 2015
The island of Gotland is a sleepy Swedish outpost in the Baltic Sea, but it holds enormous strategic value. Military commanders say that if a conflict erupted in the Baltic States, control over Gotland would mean control of the entire region. With a watchful eye on Russia, Sweden is now set to deploy permanent military forces on Gotland for the first time in a decade. Produced by Margot Buff, RFE/RL; reporting by Elisabeth Braw

Eyeing Russia, Sweden Shows Military Muscle On Gotland

The island of Gotland is a sleepy Swedish outpost in the Baltic Sea, but it holds enormous strategic value. Military commanders say that if a conflict erupted in the Baltic States, control over Gotland would mean control of the entire region.

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Video Pakistan Air Force Plane Crash Injures Two Pilots

In northwest Pakistan, an Air Force training plane crashed in the Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, injuring two pilots. Air Force officials said the aircraft caught fire during its descent.

Video Activists Petition EU Enlargement Commissioner on Full Membership for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

At the EU summit in Riga, Latvia, there was an open petition in support of full EU membership for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Activists presented the sheets of signatures to EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who promised to take them home and read them.


Video European Union Leaders Gather for Riga Summit

In the Latvian capital, Riga, European Union leaders were gathering for a summit with their counterparts from six eastern countries. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, are all seeking stronger ties with the EU – while Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan are closer to Russia.

Video Pakistan’s Pagans Cling On, In Remote Mountain Haven

High in the Hindu Kush Mountains of northwest Pakistan, a small tribe clings to an ancient pre-Islamic culture. Paler skinned than the other people in the region, some claim the Kalash are descendants of soldiers who marched through the area under Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago.


Video Tusk Says Truth Will Prevail Over Russian Propaganda

European Council President Donald Tusk has said Russian propaganda is a problem in Eastern and also Western Europe, but that the truth will overcome it. Speaking to RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak in Brussels, he drew a parallel with how the Soviet propaganda machine was unable to win during the Cold War.

Video The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 5)

In the final video from Janyl Jusupjan's series of short films about the lives of ethnic Kyrgyz in the town of Jerge-Tal in northern Tajikistan, we meet Gulnaz, a housewife and mother who decided to leave and try her luck in Kyrgyzstan.


Video Ukraine’s School For Snipers

A group of volunteers has secured approval and financial backing from the Ukrainian authorities to train snipers for the army at a military base near the southern port of Mikolayiv. The conditions are far from perfect: some of the weapons are older than the men using them.

Video Serbian Court Quashes Collaboration Conviction For WWII General

In Belgrade, rival demonstrators rallied over a court decision overturning the 1946 conviction of a Serbian nationalist commander whose forces fought Josip Broz Tito’s communist partisans. General Dragoljub “Draza” Mihailovic was executed after a communist court ruled he collaborated with the Nazis.


Video Sweden's 'Singing Sailor' Welcomes Russian Subs

Any Russian submarines probing Swedish waters may now encounter an unusual welcome. A Swedish peace organization has created an underwater sign with a sailor thrusting his hips which beeps out a Morse code signal saying, "This way if you're gay."

Video Sabotage Claims As Ukrainian Town Prepares Defenses

In Artemivsk, work on defenses against an expected attack from Russian-backed separatists has been delayed by months – and volunteers digging trenches say the mayor is trying to sabotage the work.


Video The Forgotten Battle

Events are being held in many countries to mark 70 years since the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945, but in fact the last large-scale engagement of the conflict began three days after the Nazi capitulation. More than a thousand people, mostly German soldiers, were killed.

Video Relatives Of Murdered Afghan Woman Call Verdict Unjust

An Afghan court has sentenced four men to death for participating in the mob killing of a young woman named Farkhunda in Kabul in March. Following the verdict, RFE/RL's Afghan Service spoke to Farkhunda's father and brother, who said that justice had not been served.


Video This Soviet War Veteran Explains The Tragedy Of The War In Ukraine

Ukrainian veteran Ivan Zaluzhniy has witnessed the tragedies of two wars separated by seven decades. He served in the Soviet Red Army and fought in Stalingrad, the deadliest battle of World War II. In August 2014, Zaluzhniy's grandson, also a soldier, was killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Video Column Of Heavy Weapons Drives Through Donetsk

At around 1 p.m. local time on May 3, a column of six Ural trucks pulling howitzers was filmed driving through central Donetsk, heading toward the north of the separatist-held city. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)


Video The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal (Part 4)

In another from Janyl Jusupjan's series of short films about the lives of ethnic Kyrgyz in the town of Jerge-Tal in northern Tajikistan, we meet Saifaridin, an elderly man who fled Jerge-Tal during Tajikistan's civil war in the 1990s.

Video The Bosnian Muslim Rebuilding A Medieval Christian Church

A Bosnian Muslim businessman has discovered what are believed to be the remains of a 13th-century Franciscan church in his back garden – and now intends to have it rebuilt. Husein Smajic stumbled across the foundations and other relics of the church while digging an artificial lake.


Video Ukraine's Dogs (And Cats) Of War

As civilians have fled war-torn areas of eastern Ukraine, they've left behind their homes, their possessions, and sometimes their dogs and cats. Hundreds of these abandoned animals have wound up at a shelter on the outskirts of Kyiv, where a small staff is working hard to feed and house the strays.

Video Cousin Of Bosnian Shooter Says Militants 'Messed With His Head'

The cousin of the man who killed a policeman and injured two others in Bosnia's eastern Serb Republic has said Islamist militants "messed with his head." The attacker, who was killed in the incident, has been identified as 24-year-old Nerdin Ibric.

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RFE/RL Video Roundup - May 25i
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May 25, 2015
An Air Force plane crashes in northwest Pakistan, Kazakh military recruits celebrate the end of the school year, and Ukrainians march in traditional dress, plus more stories from Kazakhstan and Georgia.
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Video May 25

An Air Force plane crashes in northwest Pakistan, Kazakh military recruits celebrate the end of the school year, and Ukrainians march in traditional dress, plus more stories from Kazakhstan and Georgia.
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Video Pakistan Air Force Plane Crash Injures Two Pilots

In northwest Pakistan, an Air Force training plane crashed in the Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, injuring two pilots. Air Force officials said the aircraft caught fire during its descent.
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Video May 22

Pro-European demonstrations at the EU's Eastern Partnership summit, the Lenin Museum reopens in Tatarstan, and Ukrainians celebrate traditional folk dress, plus stories from Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Video May 21

The EU begins a summit with six eastern countries in Latvia, Kyrgyzstan joins the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, Azerbaijani workers tear down facades blamed for a deadly fire in Baku, and the European Rafting Championships kick off in Bosnia. (RFE/RL)
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Video May 20

A warm welcome for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Bosnia, a protest in Kosovo calls for the release of 21 Kosovar citizens being held after a recent gun battle in Macedonia, and workers building a highway in Georgia go on strike.

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Russia's 'Child Soldiers'

Georgia -- Georgian national game "Leloburti" in Shukhuti, Region of Guria. 12Apr2015
Georgian 'Lelo'

A Muddy, Bloody Game

Armenian Diaspora

'There Is Only The Earth'

Casualties Of War

Abandoned In Debaltseve

World's End

Remains Of The Gulag

Ukraine Crisis

Children Of War

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Jerusalem, 1919

Armenia -- Photo Gallery -- Molokans Armenia -- 2015
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