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This June, the old streets of Azerbaijan's capital will echo with the roar of Formula One racing cars. But preparations for the 2016 Baku European Grand Prix have included paving over quaint cobblestone streets with asphalt -- a move which the authorities say is “temporary.” Some worry that the historic charm of Baku may be being lost under the smooth new roads, and the smooth talk of the race's organizers. RFE/RL’s Azerbaijan Service captured some of the controversial roadworks.

Anna Krikun spent a decade in a Soviet labor camp in Vorkuta, the city in the Russian Arctic where 36 workers died in coal-mine disaster last month. Krikun survived dictator Josef Stalin’s Great Terror, World War II, the gulag, and more than 18 years in Vorkuta's coal mines.

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