Monday 1 October 2012
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 26, 2012
From Rags to Riches -- And Now, Reins of Power?
Bidzina Ivanishvili is a portrait in contrasts. Born to a poor family in rural Georgia, he is now the country's wealthiest man, worth an estimated $6.5 billion. Shy and retiring, he has nonetheless thrown himself into the maelstrom of politics, forming the Georgian Dream opposition coalition that is proving the first viable threat to Mikheil Saakashvili's regime since the 2003 Rose Revolution. RFE/RL looks back at the life of Georgia's newest political player.
September 21, 2012
A Portrait Of Writer Chingiz Aitmatov
Relatives of Chingiz Aitmatov say they are facing eviction from the late Kyrgyz writer's villa in Peredelkino, just south of Moscow. The case has fuelled concerns that Peredelkino, a cottage complex established in the 1930s as a literary retreat for Soviet writers, is under threat from aggressive construction.
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 19, 2012
The World's Most Powerful Digital Camera
After work by scientists on three continents over eight years, the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera took its first pictures of the night sky over Chile on September 12. The Dark Energy Survey (DES) group hopes images taken by the camera can help answer one of the biggest mysteries in science: why the expansion of the universe is increasing.
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.