Saturday 7 July 2012
July 04, 2012
Protests In Kyiv Target Russian Language Bill
Protesters gathered in downtown Kyiv on July 4 to oppose a bill passed in a chaotic session of parliament the same day that would give Russian equal status with the Ukrainian language across much of Ukraine for use in legal discourse, business, and education.
July 02, 2012
A Celebration Of Football In Kyiv
At the Euro 2012 final in Kyiv on July 1, Spain became the first team to win three consecutive international trophies with their resounding 4-0 defeat of Italy. The three-week tournament, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, went off without any major glitches, drawing praise from fans and UEFA President Michel Platini. Here are some memorable images from before, during, and after the final match.
June 26, 2012
Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul
With pristine waters surrounded by stunning scenery, Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Asia. Every year, hordes of Kazakh and Russian tourists flock to the lake to bask on its sandy shores, avail of its excellent spa facilities, and go on treks in the surrounding Tien Shan Mountains.
June 25, 2012
Russian-Speaking New Yorkers March For Gay Rights
A group of about 70 Russian-speaking Americans participated in New York's annual Gay Pride Parade on June 24. They were members of RUSA LGBT, a New York-based gay-rights organization for those of Russian descent. They said they were marching in an effort to raise awareness about new laws in Russia they say discriminate against gays, including a law in St. Petersburg that outlaws so-called "homosexual propaganda."
June 25, 2012
The Work Of Uzbek Artist Lekim Ibragimov
A mega-painting by Uzbek artist Lekim Ibragimov is set to embark on a world tour. Eight meters high and 66 meters long, it's inspired by the collection of folk tales "One Thousand and One Nights." Ibragimov has exhibited his art in a number of countries in Western Europe and Asia, and his work can now be found in museums in Tashkent, Almaty, Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Budapest.
June 22, 2012
A Perilous Journey For Burma Refugees
Muslim refugees fleeing ethnic and sectarian violence in western Burma have been making their way by boat to neighboring Bangladesh, only to be detained and turned back by Bangladeshi border guards. Earlier this week, Radio Free Asia reported from the area on the refugee's harrowing ordeal.
June 19, 2012
From Coal Mines To Gold Mines In Germany's Ruhr
There was a time when people did their best to avoid western Germany's Ruhr region, best known as a decaying industrial area dominated by coal mines and blast furnaces. But now the area is enjoying a "green" transformation that is powering a tourist boom. A number of former industrial sites have been transformed into centers for business, entertainment, and tourism.
June 18, 2012
Vaclav Havel: A Presidency In Pictures
With June 18 marking six months since the death of former Czechoslovak and Czech President Vaclav Havel, an exhibition has opened in Prague featuring pictures of the writer and dissident taken by CTK photographers from 1988 to 2011. The many previously unpublished images show some of the most interesting and intimate moments of Havel's eventful presidencies.