Monday 1 October 2012
October 01, 2012
Ukrainian Journalists Protest Defamation Bill
Some 100 Ukrainian journalists and media activists picketed the parliament in Kyiv on October 1, protesting against a defamation bill. The draft law backed by the ruling Party of the Regions proposes up to five years in jail for offenders. Parliament passed it in a first reading last month, but the bill was then put on hold after the opposition and independent media denounced it as part of a crackdown on freedom of speech in the run up to parliamentary elections on October 28.
October 01, 2012
Pussy Riot Appeal Postponed
A Russian court has adjourned to October 10 the appeal of three female members of the punk band Pussy Riot against their two-year prison-camp sentence. Their supporters and Orthodox believers gathered outside the court building during the trial, while members of the Kazaki musical group were detained.
September 28, 2012
Shocking Fashion From Young Kazakh Designers
Some young Kazakh fashion designers have presented a shocking "eco-style" show in the Almaty grand final of the Open Way 2012 competition. The final show presented the work of 16 participants chosen from 130 designers who applied from all over Kazakhstan.
September 27, 2012
Belarusian Activist Syarhey Kavalenka Goes Home
Prominent Belarusian opposition activist Syarhey Kavalenka, whose health deteriorated after a lengthy hunger strike earlier this year, has been released from prison after a request for clemency and reunited with his family in his native city of Vitsebsk. Kavalenka was sentenced in February to 25 months in jail for violating the terms of his parole for a conviction on charges of "illegally displaying" the banned Belarusian national flag.
September 23, 2012
Getting Out The Vote In Belarus
Belarus is holding parliamentary elections that most of the opposition has boycotted. The vote is expected to elect a rubber-stamp parliament, with most powers remaining in the hands of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has ruled Belarus since 1994.
September 20, 2012
Islamic Art Exhibit Opens At The Louvre
A new Islamic Arts Department has been unveiled at Paris's Louvre Museum. Intended to celebrate "the radiant face of a great civilization," according to the Louvre, the $130 million project is largely financed by donors from across the Islamic world. Some 3,000 artifacts are on display, spanning 1,300 years of Islamic history on three continents.
September 18, 2012
12 Killed In Afghan Suicide Bombing
Aghan militants have claimed responsibility for a suicide car-bomb attack near the international airport in Kabul that killed 12 people. The Hizb-e Islami insurgent group said the bombing was in retaliation for a privately made U.S. film mocking the Prophet Muhammad that has ignited angry protests across the Muslim world. The suicide bomber, who Hizb-e Islami said was a 22-year-old woman, rammed a car packed with explosives into a minivan carrying foreign aviation workers.
September 18, 2012
Climbing Kyrgyzstan's Mount Putin
In 2011, Kyrgyzstan officially named a mountain after Russian President Vladimir Putin, then prime minister, in a bid to promote friendly relations between the countries. Putin is now scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan on September 20. Although he has a history of publicity stunts demonstrating his love of nature, there has been no indication that the Russian president intends to climb his namesake peak.
September 17, 2012
Rally Highlights Plight Of Moscow's Disabled
For the fourth year in a row, the Russian magazine "Big City" sponsored a rally in Moscow to draw attention to the plight of the city's disabled. On September 16, activists in wheelchairs converged on the Russian capital's famous Tversakaya Street to prove how difficult life can be without the proper accommodation.