Friday 2 August 2013
August 02, 2013
Russia Marks Belomorkanal's 80th Anniversary
It has been 80 years since the Belomorkanal -- the man-made channel connecting the White Sea and the Baltic Sea -- opened on August 2, 1933. The canal was built with the forced labor of Soviet Gulag inmates, many thousands of whom died during the construction process. (10 PHOTOS)
August 01, 2013
Classic Soviet Cars On Display In Ukraine
The city of Zaporizhzhya, the capital of Ukraine's auto industry, is also the site of a unique museum of classic cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles, mainly from the Soviet era. The Faeton Museum is the brainchild of hobbyists from a club of the same name who donated classic vehicles from their own workshops and garages.
July 31, 2013
A Communal Meal To Break The Fast In Pristina
Muslims in Kosovo are observing the holy month of Ramadan with the traditional fast from dawn until sundown. In the capital, Pristina, a number of charity organizations and international donors have set up communal dining tents where believers can come together and share a free dinner for iftar, the meal that breaks the fast at the day's end.
July 29, 2013
In Daghestan, Traditional Dress To Please The New Boss
The acting head of the Russian republic of Daghestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, has urged government officials to wear traditional dress during public ceremonies. The suggestion echoes an early directive issued by Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of neighboring Chechnya, who also told government officials that national holidays call for national dress. Eager to cooperate with the acting president, who is due to be confirmed in September, many civil servants came to celebrate Daghestan's Constitution Day on July 26 wearing the traditional attire of their respective ethnic groups. Photos by RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service
July 28, 2013
A Flying Leap From Mostar's Famous Bridge
The 16th-century Stari Most, or Old Bridge, in the city of Mostar is one of Bosnia's most recognizable landmarks, and the tradition of diving from the bridge into the Neretva River is as old as the bridge itself. On July 28, high-divers took part in an annual competition, plunging some 24 meters from the bridge's high point in front of spectators and a jury.
July 27, 2013
North Korean Parade Marks 60th Anniversary Of Truce
North Korean soldiers and military hardware were paraded through Pyongyang on July 27 in a painstakingly choreographed pageant marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War truce. The display was aimed at intimidating North Korea’s adversaries and rallying its people behind their youthful leader, Kim Jong Un.
July 27, 2013
Ukraine Commemorates Kievan Rus Anniversary
Commemorations are under way in Ukraine, which is marking the 1,025th anniversary of the conversion to Christianity of Kievan Rus, the medieval Slavic state that laid the Orthodox foundations for modern-day Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Top Orthodox Christian clergy from around the world have also gathered in the Ukrainian capital to participate in a special prayer service and other religious events. (13 PHOTOS)
July 26, 2013
Time Stands Still After Skopje's Quake, Despite Revamp
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the Skopje earthquake, which destroyed more than 80 percent of the Macedonian capital and left some 1,000 people dead. Despite an elaborate makeover nearby, the effects of the devastating tremor all those years ago still leave their mark.
July 25, 2013
Fermented Mare's Milk, A Kyrgyz Summer Favorite
Kumis is a mildly alcoholic drink made from fermented mare's milk, popular across Central Asia. In Kyrgyzstan's Alai mountains, some nomadic communities are famous for their kumis, which attracts visitors from the cities who come to drink it for its purported health benefits.