Thursday 17 December 2015
December 10, 2015
Stolen Dutch Paintings Resurface In Eastern Ukraine
Twenty-four Dutch paintings from the 17th and 18th century have apparently resurfaced in eastern Ukraine after being stolen by two burglars in a high-tech theft from the Westfries Museum in the Dutch city of Hoorn in January 2005.
December 09, 2015
Keeping Tatar Traditions Alive With A Crimean Wedding
For Crimea's embattled Tatar minority, weddings are an important manifestation of their values and traditions. Moreover, because of both formal and de facto travel restrictions, Crimean Tatar extended families rarely get to see each other, so marriage celebrations are a vital way of staying in touch.
December 07, 2015
Turkish Coast: Antalya Minus Its Russian Tourists
Nearly 3 million Russians visit Antalya every year, making it Turkey's most popular tourist destination for Russian speakers. But a diplomatic feud between Ankara and Moscow has buffeted the industry on the Turkish riviera. (Photographs by Vaiva Katinaityte)
November 30, 2015
Eldar Ryazanov And His Films
Eldar Ryazanov, a Russian film director whose iconic comedies captured the flavor of life and love in the Soviet Union while deftly skewering the absurdities of the communist system, has died at the age of 88. His films ridiculed Soviet bureaucracy and trained a clear eye on the predicaments and peculiarities of daily life during the communist era, but the light touch of his satire helped him dodge government censorship.
November 26, 2015
Tourism Revives Remote Tajik Mountain Village
The extreme conditions of high-altitude desert and strong winds, combined with lack of opportunities beyond yak and sheep breeding, make life in the High Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan a fight for survival. Yet in recent years, the village of Alichor has seen a turnaround in its fortunes, with a nascent tourism industry slowing the outflow of people to neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Photojournalist Janyl Jusupjan paid the village a visit.
November 25, 2015
Yeltsin Center Presents Former Russian President's Legacy
To mark what would have been Boris Yeltsin's 85th birthday on February 1, we are re-upping these pictures from the opening of the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg late last year. A first of its kind in Russia, it showcases the legacy of the former president with a library, museum, and exhibition space. There are more than 30,000 exhibits and 13,000 photos. The center has been financed with $76 million of public money plus around 50 private sponsors, including President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
November 23, 2015
Portraits Of Ellis Island Immigrants 1902-1913
For millions of immigrants, Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States -- the country's busiest reception and processing center from 1892 to 1954. These historical photographs capture the variety of cultures among those immigrants -- they were taken by Augustus Frederick Sherman, who worked there as a clerk. They were not taken for official purposes. Sherman was simply fascinated by the people he was meeting on a daily basis.