Saturday 2 February 2013
January 30, 2013
Labor Abuses In Uzbekistan's Cotton Fields
Uzbek authorities have increased the use of forced labor by adults and older children in the cotton sector during the past year in an effort to shift the burden away from younger children in response to public scrutiny and international pressure.
January 28, 2013
Iconic Images From 125 Years Of 'National Geographic'
On hundred and twenty-five years ago, a small group of scientists and enthusiasts founded the National Geographic Society with the aim of creating “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." To mark the occasion, the society is sharing photographs from its archive of more than 11 million images.
January 28, 2013
U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'
"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American Ivan Sigal --> http://www.ivansigal.net , 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)
January 25, 2013
Russia's Yandex Creates A Unique Work Environment
Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia, has created an amazingly colorful, graphically dynamic office space for its headquarters in St. Petersburg. The striking concept for its new offices was designed by the architectural studio za bor architects.
January 24, 2013
Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s
Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.
January 24, 2013
The Baikonur Cosmodrome
Baikonur Cosmodrome in the remote desert steppes of Kazakhstan is one of the most important sites in the history of space travel. During the Soviet era, the first man-made satellite, "Sputnik 1," took off from there in 1957, and it was also the place where the first man in space, Yury Gagarin, blasted into orbit in 1961. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Baikonur has been used to launch missions to the International Space Station. Russia has also continued to operate space missions from Baikonur under the terms of an agreement with Astana, even though this cooperation is now under threat due to a dispute between Kazakhstan and Russia over the rent paid for the use of the facility. (12 PHOTOS)
January 21, 2013
Fascinating Photographs Of Russian Revolution Revealed
Russian-born photography aficionado Anton Orlov couldn't believe his luck when he was allowed to rummage through old storage chests in the basement of a house in California in 2005. Inside, he found a treasure trove of hand-colored glass slides taken during the Russian Revolution in 1917.
January 19, 2013
Orthodox Epiphany Gets Chilly Reception
Orthodox worshipers in Russia, Belarus, and elsewhere celebrated Epiphany -- marking the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist and the beginning of his ministry -- with ritual plunges in subfreezing temperatures around midnight on January 18-19. Honoring an old Russian tradition, in many places bathers dip themselves in cross-shaped holes cut in ice over lakes and rivers. (11 PHOTOS)
January 16, 2013
What It's Like To Be Young In Kazakhstan
RFE/RL's Kazakh Service has launched a photo competition asking its readers to send in photos that capture the spirit of Kazakh youth. From wedding parties to souped-up cars to snake dances, the photos are a compelling portrait of a post-Soviet generation.
January 15, 2013
Paganism, Humor Rule In Vevcani Carnival
Every Orthodox New Year, Vevcani, a tiny town of around 2,500 people in western Macedonia, holds an annual carnival that allows the heavily Orthodox locals to indulge in unbridled paganism and show off their creativity. Dedicated to St. Basil the Great (Vasilij), the event turns the sleepy little hillside municipality into a "theater without borders in which every house is part of a street scene with masked actors performing their games." Here are some photos from Vevcani festivals of the past. (20 PHOTOS)