Sunday, April 20, 2014


Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Slovyansk Mayor Says Armed Separatists Hand Out Guns To Residentsi
April 16, 2014
Nelya Shtepa, the mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, says armed pro-Russia separatists have been distributing weapons among local residents. Speaking to journalists on April 15, Shtepa said the majority of Slovyansk residents want to stay in Ukraine. (Reuters)

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 Archive


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)

Video Ukrainian National Guard Recruits Demonstrate Their New Combat Skills

Ukraine's newly formed National Guard has been hard at work learning to defend the country amid fears of Russian incursions into Ukraine's eastern regions. At a base near Kyiv, the volunteers showed off their new skills to acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Afghan Women Hope For Change As Election Nears

As Afghans prepare to vote in the country's presidential election on April 5, some female voters feel that the stakes are especially high for them. They are hoping that the election results will bring stability and prosperity, and preserve the rights that Afghan women have gained.

Video Vox Pop: Gagauz Minority On Moldova's EU Course

Members of Moldova's Gagauz ethnic minority shared their views with RFE/RL on Chisinau's push to join the European Union.

Video Vox Pop: Are Russians Making Crimea Vacation Plans?

RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Muscovites if they were planning to spend their summer vacations in Crimea this year following Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region. (Video by Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL'S Russian Service)

Video Flash Analysis: Afghanistan's Presidential Election

As Afghanistan prepares to vote for a new president on April 5, RFE/RL's regional director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Akbar Ayazi, discusses the front-running candidates, the shaky security situation, and the measures put in place to help ensure a free and fair vote.

Video Kyiv Clashes Over, But Funerals Continue

Some of those who were injured in Kyiv's Maidan protests last month have since died.

Video 'I Expect An Excellent Life' -- Crimeans On Joining Russia

Simferopol residents share their views with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on the prospect of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

Video Vox Pop: Moscow Residents On Crimea, Sanctions Against Putin's Inner Circle

A majority of Moscow residents told RFE/RL they supported Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Some of the same respondents also said they welcomed the U.S. and EU sanctions against members of President Putin's inner circle.

Video Vox Pop: Northern Kazakhstan Residents On Possibility Of Joining Russia

RFE/RL's Kazakh Service asked residents of the northern Kazakh city of Petropavl, also known by its Russian name of Petropavlovsk, if they thought Russia might attempt to absorb Kazakhstan's northern territories following the annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

Video Bosnians Differ On Gavrilo Princip's Legacy

On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire's throne and his wife. The murders would spark the start of World War I, which began one month later. Bosnia's Muslims, Serbs, and Croats also have very different views of Princip's legacy. (Reuters)

Video Pro-Russian Crimeans Celebrate Referendum Results

Thousands of people gathered on March 16 in Simferopol's Lenin Square for a celebratory concert that started hours before polls closed in a referendum called by Crimea's parliament to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. (Video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Interview: Revelations In The Yanukovych Papers

Journalist Natalie Sedletska is part of a team investigating documents left behind by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at his residence outside Kyiv.

Video Vox Pop: Central Asians Discuss Russian Invasion

Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Tajik citizens spoke to RFE/RL on the streets of Almaty, Bishkek, and Dushanbe to share their reactions to Russia's intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region.

Video Yulia Tymoshenko Speaks On Kyiv's Independence Square

Just hours after her release from a prison hospital, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko addressed tens of thousands of antigovernment protesters on Kyiv's Independence Square.

Video Chechen Survivor Remembers Stalin's Deportation

Seventy years ago, Mukhazhar Dzhabrailova and her family were deported from their village under the orders of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. She was the only member of her family to survive. (Video by RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service)

Video Homemade Museum Preserves Spirit Of Turkmen Folk Music

To preserve the songs of Turkmen traditional musicians, a retired civil engineer in Ashgabat has started a "Museum of Bagshys" in his own home. (Video by Soltan Achilova, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

Video Sochi 2014: Dirty Games

Locals and environmentalists say the intense building effort ahead of the Sochi Olympics has generated mountains of garbage and streams of toxic waste, damaged the ecosystem, and destroyed wildlife sanctuaries.

Video Life At Ukraine's Euromaidan

In the center of Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, a complex community has been created to support ongoing antigovernment protests. Demonstrators have built kitchens, organized self-defense groups, set up a first-aid station, started their own library, and have been entertained by folk and pop musicians. (Vi

Video Afghan Presidential Debate - Day 2

Candidates running in Afghanistan's presidential election on April 5 laid out their viewpoints in televised debates sponsored jointly by Afghan National Radio and TV and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan (Radio Azadi). In the second round, three candidates -- former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, form

Video Afghan Presidential Debates - Day 1

Four of the 11 candidates in Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election set out their views on February 15 on issues ranging from how to negotiate with the Taliban to women's rights. The debate was sponsored by Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.

Video Pashtun Climber Scales New Heights For Women

Twenty-seven-year-old Nazia Parveen is a pioneering Pakistani rock-climber who says the sport has given her the confidence to stand up to critics of her nontraditional pursuit. (Produced by Zaland Yousafzai of RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and Margot Buff)

Video Russian By Birth, Muslim By Choice

For Muslim converts, like Sabira and Bogdan in the Russian region of Tatarstan, Islam offers not only a new faith, but also a new way of life.

Video In Afghan Drug Trade, Addicts Are Forgotten Casualties

Afghanistan's opium industry not only fuels massive exports -- it also supplies a growing number of addicts within its own borders.

Video Survivor Recalls Siege Of Leningrad

Yelena Ryzhova, who was a teen when the siege began in 1941, shares her memories about the hardship endured by her family during the blockade.

Video Lenin's Legacy?

With January 21 marking 90 years since the death of Vladimir Lenin, RFE/RL asked young people from various former Soviet republics what the Bolshevik leader means to them.

Video Ukrainian RFE/RL Journalists Describe Beatings

RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalists Dmytro Barkar and Igor Iskhakov were beaten and detained by police while covering clashes in Kyiv on January 20. After their release, they described those events.

Video Families Find Second Home On Kyiv's Independence Square

Entire families have made tents their home in Kyiv's Independence Square as pro-EU demonstrations continue in the Ukrainian capital. RFE/RL met with members of two such families.

Video As Activists Block NATO Supplies, Pakistani Truckers Feel The Pinch

Activists have prevented Afghan-bound NATO supplies from crossing through northwest Pakistan for over a month in an effort to pressure the U.S. to stop drone strikes. Local transport is nearly at a standstill. (Produced by Daud Khattak, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Afghan Girl Says Brother Ordered Her To Attempt Suicide Attack

A young girl who says that her brother tried to make her carry out a suicide bombing has turned herself in to police in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province. (Reuters video)

Video 2013 In 2 1/2 Minutes

The world's Catholics welcomed a new pope, Egypt saw its second revolution in two years, and civil unrest shook Turkey and Ukraine.

Video Cookies Help Fuel Kyiv's Protests

As thousands of activists continue their pro-European demonstrations in the streets of Kyiv, volunteers are giving them a helping hand, offering warm clothes, hot meals, and morale-boosting sweets. (Video by Mykhailo Yelchev, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Flash Analysis: Khodorkovsky's Release

Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has left prison after receiving a surprise pardon from Russian President Vladmir Putin.

Video Flip-Flops By Yanukovych Point To Splits In Inner Circle

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has seemed increasingly inconsistent in his response to mass protests, alternating between seeking reconciliation and ordering crackdowns. Could his response signal cracks in Ukraine's leadership? (Written by Robert Coalson; video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Armenian Earthquake Anniversary: A Return To Gyumri

On December 7, 1988, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck northern Armenia. The quake killed thousands across the region. RFE/RL's Armenian Service chief Harry Tamrazian traveled to the city of Gyumri and found many residents struggling with poverty, poor housing, and a lack of hope for a better future

Video Archive

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
RFE/RL Video Roundup - Apr. 18i
April 18, 2014
Ukrainians rally for unity in the embattled east, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny appears in court, and Pakistan Christians celebrate Easter, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.

Video April 18

Ukrainians rally for unity in the embattled east, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny appears in court, and Pakistan Christians celebrate Easter, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Video April 17

Ukrainians call for a boycott on Russian fuel, schools stand abandoned in northwest Pakistan, and an outbreak of snakes alarms Kyrgyzstan, plus stories from Russia and Georgia.

Video April 16

Pro-Russian separatists seize military vehicles in Ukraine, an anti-LGBT protest in Russia, and poor children get free clothes in Pakistan, plus more reports from Afghanistan, Russia, and Pakistan.

Video April 15

Women and children protest in Kazakhstan, market workers worry about their jobs in Tajikistan, a protest at the Duma in Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Moldova, Georgia, and Serbia.

Video April 14

Rioting in northern Iraq, a protest over land seizures in Kazakhstan, and a former Taliban leader's disappearance, plus stories from the Russian republics of Tatarstan and Daghestan.

Photo Galleries

Black Sea Playground

Crimea's Storied History

Political Art

A Century Of Propaganda

War Correspondent

The Work Of Anja Niedringhaus

Women In Action

Parkour In Iran


Inside A Frozen Conflict


Life On The Brink

Pool Halls Of Power

Inside Yanukovych's Mansion

Ukraine Crisis

Clashes In Crimea

Ukraine - the first day after "victory" at the Maidan in Kyiv, 23Feb2014
Independence Square

Days Of Mourning In Kyiv

Punk Protest

Pussy Riot Returns