Sunday 7 December 2014
December 06, 2014
Ribbon Protest In Minsk
Organizers in Belarus hoped on December 6 to distribute some 5,000 meters of the red-and-white ribbons, whose colors are synonymous with the country's long-simmering opposition to President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his dictatorial 20-year rule. These images were taken by RFE/RL's Belarus Service.
December 03, 2014
Armenian Families Still Feel Impact Of 1988 Earthquake
Twenty-six years ago, on December 7, 1988, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Armenia, then part of the Soviet Union. The catastrophe killed some 31,000 people, injured 130,000, and left many more homeless. The town of Gyumri, then known as Leninakan, was the hardest hit, and has yet to recover. Thousands of people moved away, but others who lost their homes lacked the resources to leave, and were forced to find makeshift housing. Today, about 600 families continue to live in shacks or Soviet-era wagons without running water or power. (Text and photos by Anthony Georgieff)
November 29, 2014
Afghanistan As It Once Was
The Kabul in William Podlich's photographs is an almost unrecognizable place -- a bustling capital of nattily attired men and women; modern cars; and green parks. A place where women could freely walk the streets. A peaceful place where tourists could take buses to the major historic sites in the country or across the border to Pakistan.
November 26, 2014
Back In The U.S.S.R.: The Soviet Union In Color In 1963
Pretend you’re rummaging through an old steamer trunk in a dusty antique store. Hidden amidst some old Frank Sinatra LPs you discover a stack of photographic slides wrapped in a yellowed newspaper. That’s how we’d like to think these 24 photographs of the Soviet Union were discovered. But the truth is, we don’t know much about them. (24 PHOTOS)
November 19, 2014
The Evolution Of Euromaidan
Euromaidan -- the name given to the pro-European protests in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv -- started late on November 21, 2013, when up to 2,000 protesters gathered on the city's central Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). The movement, sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's abrupt decision to abandon talks on a pact on closer relations with the European Union, started peacefully, but did not end that way. The violence started with the government's crackdown on protesters overnight on November 30. Months later, Yanukovych would flee the country and around 100 protesters would be dead.
November 18, 2014
A Journey Into A Mysterious Siberian Crater
Three massive craters were discovered this summer on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. In an effort to understand the origins of the newly formed craters, a group of scientists descended into one of the holes, reaching a frozen lake at the bottom.
November 17, 2014
Czechs Give President The Red Card
Thousands of Czechs held symbolic red cards in the air on November 17, in a protest against President Milos Zeman. The gathering came on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the peaceful overthrow of Czechoslovakia's communist regime in 1989. Protesters are angry with what they regards as Zeman's pro-Russian stance on European Union sanctions on Russia, his criticism of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot who were jailed for denouncing Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral, as well as his use of vulgar language during a recent radio interview.