Trying to make sense of events and trends from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia that don't always have obvious explanations? Whether it's the debate over COVID-19 statistics or Central Asian debt to China, Current Time has got you covered.
The Two Faces Of RT’s COVID Narratives
The Current Time analysis of content produced by Russian television network RT indicates the existence of two “parallel universes”: one for the Russian and a completely different for international audiences -- the latter full of falsehoods and conspiracy theories.
From Sympathy To Conspiracy Theories: How Mainstream Russian TV Covered 9/11
Mainstream Russian TV outlets initially commiserated with the U.S. after news broke about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But, as media came more under the Kremlin's control, conspiracy theories began to replace the facts.
Explainer: Why Media ‘Foreign Agents’ In Russia And The U.S. Are Not The Same Thing
In a May 13, 2021 briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Russian requirements for “foreign agents” are a response to similar such regulations in the United States. We examined Zakharova’s remarks to pinpoint where the differences actually lie.
How Much Does It Cost To Cut Off A Country From The Internet?
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan have all opted for Internet shutdowns, but at what cost to their economies? Current Time Digital’s Anna Shamanska explains both the cost-calculations for these shutdowns and their potential long-term damage.
Why Belarus' Alyaksandr Lukashenka Is Called 'Europe’s Last Dictator'
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka sometimes seems to find his unofficial title as a "dictator" amusing, telling media that he is, in reality, a freedom-loving man. Ahead of Belarus' August 9 presidential election, Current Time took a look at why this sobriquet is no joking matter.
The Moon Landing At 50: What's True, What's Fake?
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Mike Collins became the first people to land on the moon. Anna Shamanska explains why the real story of July 20, 1969 is much more interesting than any conspiracy theory.