Wednesday 3 April 2013
April 03, 2013
The Work Of P183, Russia's 'Banksy'
Russian media outlets have been reporting the death --> http://www.rferl.org/content/p183-reported-dead-russian-street-artist/24947001.html of notorious guerrilla artist P183, who was in his late 20s. Dubbed the "Russian Banksy" by Western media, in reference to the infamous British street artist, P183's playful and often politically subversive graffiti had regularly appeared at various places around Moscow for more than a decade. Like much of his life, P183's reported death is still shrouded in mystery and there are very few details surrounding the circumstances of his apparent demise. (10 PHOTOS)
April 02, 2013
Armenian-American Artist Arthur Pinajian
Throughout his long career, artist Arthur Pinajian created thousands of vivid, abstract canvases, including landscapes, figure studies, and expressionist works. He received little recognition during his lifetime and worked mostly in obscurity. Now, however, he is gaining improbable posthumous fame --> http://www.rferl.org/content/armenian-american-artist-arthur-pinajian-obscurity-posthumous-fame/24945570.html with leading art historians saying that, at his best, he ranks among America's finest abstract expressionists. His estate is currently valued at $30 million. (13 PHOTOS)
April 02, 2013
Opposition Rallies In Kyiv
Several thousand opposition supporters rallied outside parliament headquarters in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Activists gathered on April 2 to demand that local authorities hold an election to select Kyiv's mayor in June. According to demonstration participants, they were also protesting against their political opponents' initiatives to delay the vote. (9 PHOTOS)
April 01, 2013
'Novaya Gazeta' -- Still Going Strong After 20 Years
Best known for its investigative reports on corruption and rights abuses, Russia’s “Novaya gazeta” newspaper turned 20 on April 1. In a country ranking as one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists, its reporting has earned international accolades but has also put its reporters in considerable danger.
March 29, 2013
140th Anniversary Of Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff
April 1, 2013, marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Russian composer Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff. Widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day, Rachmaninoff was also one of the last great Romantic composers in Russian classical music. In spite of his accomplishments, Rachmaninoff was a target of harsh criticism from his musical peers and would eventually be labeled a "violent enemy of Soviet Russia." (13 PHOTOS)
March 28, 2013
Seven Decades Of UN Peacekeeping
The distinctive blue helmets and berets of UN peacekeepers have featured prominently in many conflicts since their missions began in 1956. Now a peacekeeping brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be allowed to engage in offensive combat against rebel factions, making it the first UN peacekeeping mission authorized to use such force.
March 27, 2013
The Lives Of Chechen Girls
After nearly two decades of conflict and the preceding 70 years of Soviet rule, during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through an Islamic revival. For young girls in the republic, ordinary acts can bring severe consequences. Being caught smoking is cause for arrest, while rumors of a couple having sex before marriage can result in an honor killing. The few girls who dare to rebel become targets in the eyes of Chechen authorities. Documentary photographer and writer Diana Markosian shot this photo essay chronicling the lives of young Muslim girls in Chechnya who, she writes, are now coming of age in a republic that is rapidly redefining itself as a Muslim state. (17 PHOTOS)
March 26, 2013
Croatian Serbs In Limbo
Eighteen years after the Balkan wars ended, many Croatian Serb returnees are still living in barely functional, war-damaged homes. A handful of ethnic Serbs in the southern village of Strmica and the nearby former Serb stronghold of Knin are continuing to wait for assistance to help them rebuild or relocate.