'Kids Started To Jump Out Of The Windows': Student Describes Attack On Kazan School
Over a thousand students up to high-school age attend School No. 175 in Kazan, Russia, the site of a gunman's attack on May 11, 2021 that killed nine people, seven of whom were children. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir Service spoke with this 6th-grader eyewitness about the attack.
They may not make international headlines, but these real-life, first-person stories offer insight into everyday life in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and beyond that no news analysis can provide. Put a face on trends, policies, and events in Eurasia with profiles (in mostly chronological order) from My Story.
Why Afghanistan’s Policewomen Conceal Their Profession
Each day, gender poses a potentially lethal risk to Afghanistan’s thousands of female police officers. Current Time Kabul reporter Liza Karimi spoke in July 2020 with Afghan policewomen who, despite the dangers, have chosen to persevere with their careers
'Am I Really Still Alive?' A Hunter's Story Of Survival In Siberia
Sergei Sazanakov was hunting in Russia's Khakassia region when an accident left him trapped in the snow overnight. He lost his lower legs to frostbite, and later had to fight for his children in court after his wife left him. But Sazanakov has learned how to run his farm and care for his family.
'A Slap In The Face': Why Pensioners In Belarus Are Protesting
They could be enjoying a peaceful retirement, but instead they're taking to the streets and braving police violence. One Belarusian pensioner says that last year's presidential election was a "slap in the face" for voters because the result was falsified.
Ukrainian Teacher Uses YouTube To Teach The World Physics
Odesa physics teacher Pavel Viktor was filming remote lessons long before the COVID-19 era made them trendy. Over the past several years, his YouTube videos turned him into an Internet celebrity within Ukraine. The 66-year-old ended his broadcasts in December 2020, but his impact still resonates.
Meet The Russian History Hunter Unearthing The Grim Relics Of World War II
Teeth frozen in a ghastly grin of death, the skull emerges from the mud where it has lain since 1941. It's the latest find for Russian metal detectorist Sergei, who scours the forests of western Russia for the lost remains and rusting relics of what is known as the Great Patriotic War.
Russian Student Driven Up A Tree For Internet Signal
Russian student Aleksei Dudoladov has resorted to climbing up a tree to participate in online classes because there's no clear Internet signal in his Siberian village. He's asked the governor of the Omsk region for help, but is still waiting for a reply.
Kazakh Women Shave Heads To Demand Political Freedom And Democracy
Women in Kazakhstan have posted videos online in which they shave their heads in a sign of protest against the repression of opposition activists. Many are demanding freedom and democratic reforms. As one woman put it: "I live in a prison called Kazakhstan."