Also by Ray Furlong
September 19, 2023
Scuffles, Protests In Yerevan After Azerbaijan Attack In Nagorno-Karabakh
Protests broke out in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, after Azerbaijan launched a military assault on ethnic-Armenian inhabited areas of Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19. Angry crowds gathered outside government buildings, calling for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian to resign, and clashed with police.
September 15, 2023
U.S. Diplomat Says It's 'Too Early' To Rule Out Significant Gains For Ukraine's Counteroffensive
The U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has said it is “too early” to rule out the possibility that Kyiv's counteroffensive against Russian forces will achieve "significant gains."
September 15, 2023
U.S. Diplomat Demands Humanitarian Aid 'Flow In' To Nagorno-Karabakh
A senior U.S. diplomat has told RFE/RL that humanitarian aid must be allowed to enter Nagorno-Karabakh, where Azerbaijan has been blockading supplies to areas populated by ethnic Armenians. Michael Carpenter, the U.S. ambassador to the OSCE, was speaking in Prague on September 15.
September 15, 2023
U.S. Diplomat: 'This Is Crunch Time' For Ukraine's Counteroffensive
A senior U.S. diplomat has told RFE/RL that it is "crunch time" for Ukraine's counter-offensive. Michael Carpenter, the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), was speaking in Prague on September 15.
September 14, 2023
Mahsa Amini: The Funeral That Sparked Nationwide Anti-Government Protests In Iran
On September 17, 2022, thousands of people gathered in silence for the funeral of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who had died in police custody. A year later, a family friend recalls the moment the crowds erupted in anger -- and the brutal police reaction. It was the beginning of nationwide protests.
September 08, 2023
Armenian Woman's Body In Limbo As Family Seeks Burial In Nagorno-Karabakh
The body of an Armenian woman has spent weeks in a refrigerated container as her relatives say they have been unable to return it to her native village in Nagorno-Karabakh amid an Azerbaijani blockade of the breakaway territory. Helen Dadayan, 20, died in a car crash in Armenia in August.
August 24, 2023
Yevgeny Prigozhin: From 'Putin's Chef' To Malcontent Mercenary
Yevgeny Prigozhin, who led an armed rebellion in Russia, has presumably died in an air crash aged 62. The incident occurred two months after the mutiny. Prigozhin spent years in a Soviet jail, before becoming known as "Putin's chef" for growing rich off Kremlin catering contracts.
August 21, 2023
Ukrainian Soldier Fights On At Spanish Clinic After Losing Part Of His Skull
Vitaliy Shumey is being treated at a specialist neurorehabilitation center in Spain after losing part of his skull in a Russian attack. His case, and his father's devoted care, have attracted widespread attention in Ukraine.
August 17, 2023
Barbie Goes To Russia: Cinemas Fill For Pirated Film
Wearing pink fashion, young Russians are flocking to movie theaters to watch pirated versions of the Hollywood blockbuster Barbie. Following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Hollywood studios halted releases in Russian cinemas.
August 16, 2023
Russian Journalist Says She Was Poisoned In Germany
Yelena Kostyuchenko believes she was poisoned last year in Germany, where she fled following her critical reporting in Ukraine while covering Russia's full-scale invasion. Kostyuchenko told Current Time that she experienced disorientation, stomach pains, swelling, and other symptoms.
August 15, 2023
Protests Spread In Bosnia Over Shocking Killing Of Woman On Instagram
Femicide protests have spread across Bosnia-Herzegovina after a man live streamed the killing of his ex-wife on Instagram. The funeral of Nizama Hecimovic was attended by thousands of people. Instagram's owner, Meta, told RFE/RL it was "deeply saddened."
August 14, 2023
Outrage After Bodybuilder Live Streams Killing Of Ex-Wife On Instagram
People in the northeastern Bosnian town of Gradacac expressed outrage after a bodybuilder killed his ex-wife and live streamed it before committing suicide on August 11. She had previously reported him for violent threats and acts -- but her request for a restraining order was rejected by a court.
August 11, 2023
Revealed: Documents Show That Russia Is Hitting Ukraine With Ukrainian Missiles
RFE/RL has found documentary evidence that Russia is attacking Ukraine with cruise missiles that Kyiv handed over to Moscow in the 1990s. The serial numbers of numerous missiles that hit targets in Ukraine match those of missiles listed in the 1999 agreement on the weapons handover.
August 11, 2023
'Like A Prisoner': A Former Afghan Female Prosecutor Hunted By The Taliban
She once helped put Taliban militants in prison, but now they are hunting her. Many former state prosecutors are in hiding and have been in fear for their lives since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan two years ago. Now one of them, a female prosecutor, agreed to an interview with RFE/RL.
August 04, 2023
What A Wagner Mercenary Revealed On A Dating App
Our reporter made contact with a Wagner mercenary via a dating app. She did not reveal that she was a journalist. The fighter spoke about the recent Wagner mutiny in Russia, being on "vacation" in Belarus, and "trophy cars" stolen in Ukraine.
August 02, 2023
Bulgaria's Rose Industry Wilts Amid Lack Of Pickers
Bulgaria is the world’s largest producer of rose oil, used in medicines and perfumes, but its centuries-old industry is struggling. First COVID-19, then a lack of pickers, and now a threat of new European Union rules have made for hard times on the country's sweeping fields of roses.
August 01, 2023
The Pakistani Woman Ditching Her Burqa For The Boxing Ring
When Afsheen Javed arrives for training, she slips off her burqa and slips on the boxing gloves. She is the first female kickboxer in Bannu, a conservative city of around 1 million people in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
July 28, 2023
'Organized Crime': Ukrainian Children Taken To Belarus
Children are not only being taken from Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia, but also to Belarus. The country's leader, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, has claimed "they don't want to leave." But exiled Belarusian opposition politicians and the Ukrainian authorities say the children were abducted.