Also by Margot Buff
June 07, 2021
Uncontrolled Development Puts North Macedonia's UNESCO Heritage Site At Risk
On North Macedonia's side of Lake Ohrid, new hotels, apartment buildings, and restaurants have been built quickly, and sometimes illegally, with little regard for the region's historical character. The boom has taken an environmental toll and driven UNESCO to threaten to revise Ohrid's status.
May 10, 2021
After Kyrgyz-Tajik Clashes, Residents Of Border Area Say Tensions Are All Too Familiar
Fighting in Kyrgyz-Tajik border areas has died down after deadly clashes in late April, but residents of the Tajik region of Vorukh say tensions remain high. They're set apart from the rest of their country, surrounded by Kyrgyz territory, and some fear losing their freedom of movement.
May 06, 2021
Fallen Officers' Families Grieve In Wake Of Conflict On Kyrgyz-Tajik Border
Hasan Akbarov, a 31-year-old Tajik border guard, was shot dead the day before he was set to celebrate his sister's wedding. In Kyrgyzstan, border officer Isfana Bekzod Yuldashev died in the same conflict days before his 31st birthday.
April 23, 2021
Harassed And Threatened, Iranian Women Say There's No Security On The Streets
Women living in Iranian cities say they face frequent sexual harassment, catcalls, and verbal abuse -- and many fear that those incidents mean they're not safe from violent crimes. Though street harassment is illegal, the law is rarely enforced.
April 22, 2021
'A Stubborn Tatar': Activist Vows To Fight On After Being Sentenced For Trying To Preserve Culture
Farit Zakiyev, the head of an organization that promotes Tatar language and culture, was sentenced to community service for taking part in Tatarstan's Commemoration Day. The crackdown on Zakiyev's group appears to be part of a larger pressure campaign against minority activists in Russia.
April 21, 2021
Protests Across Russia Show Support For Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny
Thousands of people demonstrated in Moscow and other Russian cities on April 21 in support of Aleksei Navalny, a government critic who has been jailed since January. Navalny's health is reported to be deteriorating as he continues a hunger strike to protest the lack of medical care in prison.
April 15, 2021
The Armenian Holy Site Where Music 'Rings Like A Bell'
April 08, 2021
Missing Woman And Kidnapper Found Dead, Setting Off Protests In Kyrgyzstan
Demonstrations have broken out in Kyrgyzstan after the bodies of a young woman and her suspected abductor were discovered after a two-day search. The woman was abducted on a city street by several people in an apparent instance of "bride kidnapping," in which victims can be forced into marriage.
April 07, 2021
Russian Man Turns Tables On Police, Releases Video Of Apparent Drug-Planting
Igor Krainov was detained on drug charges in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod in 2019. But CCTV footage helped him get the charges dropped and turn the tables on the police, who appeared to plant evidence in his pocket. Three officers lost their jobs and are facing a criminal investigation.
April 06, 2021
Activist And Wartime Rape Survivor Elected To Kosovo Parliament
Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman, a newly elected member of Kosovo's parliament, has broken taboos in the country by speaking about her experience as a survivor of rape during the 1998-99 war. She says she will try to act as the voice of her fellow survivors as she fights for justice.
April 05, 2021
In Bulgaria, Patients In Need Of Transplants Wait With Little Hope
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bulgaria is struggling with a separate, ongoing health crisis: Most patients who need an organ transplant are unable to get one. Bulgaria's restrictive laws on living organ donations have driven some patients to travel abroad for life-saving operations.
April 03, 2021
From Tehran To Tbilisi, An Iranian Free Spirit Seeks A Different Life
Twenty-five-year old Pegah plays music on the street, gathers with friends in the park, and dresses as she pleases -- all things that were difficult in her native Iran. After repeated arrests for violating Iran's dress code, she fled to Georgia, where she's finding her way in a more open society.
March 11, 2021
At 75, Bulgaria's 'Hornet' Newspaper Keeps Stinging Opponents With Satire
Starshel, whose name means "The Hornet," is Bulgaria's oldest satirical publication. In its early days under communist rule, it poked fun at capitalism and American imperialism, but it also sometimes took on the country's own leadership.
March 07, 2021
Inside Tehran's Sex Trade, A Business Hiding In Plain Sight
In Iran's conservative Islamic society, prostitution is illegal, immoral, and rarely discussed. But in an investigative documentary by RFE/RL's Radio Farda, sex workers in Tehran describe a routine business where clients are easily found and family members turn a blind eye.
March 05, 2021
For Georgian Woman, A Tattoo Is A Bold Statement Of Self-Acceptance
Nano Mikautadze used to cover her head in public after an autoimmune disorder caused her hair to fall out. But in her 20s, she stopped wearing head scarves and decorated her scalp with a floral tattoo. RFE/RL's Georgian Service spoke with Mikautadze about how she celebrates her unique traits.
February 19, 2021
Celebrations In Jezero As NASA Reaches Bosnian Town's Martian Namesake
December 22, 2020
Lifestyles Of Kazakhstan’s Rich And Politically Connected
A villa in Cannes, a Swiss chateau, an entire block in central London: those are just a few of the investments made by relatives of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who acquired vast wealth during his nearly three decades in power.