Saturday 13 May 2017
May 13, 2017
Valuable Hides Put Tajik Donkeys In The Crosshairs
Two legs good; four legs better -- unless you are a donkey in Tajikistan. A booming market in neighboring China for donkey hides has put a rising price on the head of the popular beast of burden, leading to mysterious killings and unregulated cross-border trade.
May 12, 2017
Russia's Immortal Regiment: From Grassroots To 'Quasi-Religious Cult'
The Russian tradition of marching on Victory Day with portraits of relatives who fought against Nazi Germany was born from a conversation among friends in Tomsk in 2011. But more recently, the originators have been pushed aside as the Immortal Regiment procession has become a state-dominated public display of patriotism.
May 11, 2017
'Jesus Is A Rare Pokemon?' Key Quotes From Russian Blogger's Guilty Verdict
Russian "Pokemon" blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky's conviction for inciting hatred and insulting religious believers' feelings with YouTube videos will likely provide more ammunition to those who say the right to free expression is being whittled away in Russia -- particularly where religion is concerned.
May 09, 2017
A Nazi Prize? Russian Filmmaker Slams Yeltsin Museum For European Award
Russia's Yeltsin Center has been honored by Europe for raising questions and provoking debate about democracy and freedom of speech, but a popular director and fervent Kremlin supporter believes the presidential museum is destroying the minds of the young.
May 08, 2017
Head Of Donbas 'People's Army' A Wanted Man In Russia
A man who is wanted in Russia on suspicion of organizing a 2016 pogrom against Tajik migrant workers that left three dead is making a high-profile career for himself heading an anti-Western youth "army" in Ukraine's breakaway Luhansk region.
May 07, 2017
Ukraine 'Celebrates Diversity' With Eurovision, But Critics Complain It's All 'A Show'
As Kyiv prepares to host more than 20,000 visitors expected to arrive for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, the city is in overdrive to conceal the scars of its past and put on its best face in an attempt to show the West that Ukraine has overcome political upheaval, endured a bloody war, and become more European in recent years.
May 06, 2017
Moscow's Plan To Raze 'Khrushchyovki' Sparks Anger, Confusion Ahead Of Elections
An ambitious plan to raze aging Soviet-era housing and resettle 1.6 million Muscovites in new homes was seen as a shrewd political maneuver to boost Vladimir Putin's approval ratings. But if that was the intention, it isn't going well. The plan has proved controversial -- and is sowing anger and confusion ahead of local and presidential elections next year.
May 04, 2017
Russian City Under Fire Over Paper's Homophobic Slur, Blames Hackers For 'False' Apology
The local government in Russia's Arctic city of Murmansk says it has no right to interfere with the editorial decisions of a municipal newspaper that labeled opposition activists "militant faggots."
May 03, 2017
Urine, Feces, And 'Zelyonka': Meet The Russian Radicals Using Dirty Weapons On Kremlin Critics
A group of radical Russian activists is denying involvement in an attack on opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, but it has a history of similar assaults against people it deems "traitors" -- including by dousing them with unconventional dirty weapons.