Ukraine's Senior Gamers Defeat Stress, Stereotypes
They may have grandchildren and occasionally garden. But Kyiv’s Ageless Shooters also have a devastating ability to play CounterStrike: Global Offensive. And these Ukrainian seniors, filmed before Ukraine's COVID-19 lockdown, are not going to let stereotypes about the elderly get in their way.
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.
'If You Are Watching This...I'm Dead': Russian Doctor Documents Cancer Battle
Surgeon Andrei Pavlenko treated cancer patients in St. Petersburg, but his work took on a new dimension when he became a patient himself. In a widely viewed video diary, Pavlenko shared his experiences of going through treatment and encouraged others not to lose hope.
Ukraine's Disabled Fashion Models Defy Stereotypes
Ukraine’s first modeling agency for the disabled hopes to make wheelchairs as acceptable as stilettos on local catwalks. In a country that, until recently, officially termed the disabled "invalids," that could prove a challenge. But 27 aspiring models in the city of Kharkiv are ready to take that challenge on.
The Strength To Survive: Two Ukrainians Remember Auschwitz, Slave Labor
Even in his 90s, Ukrainian Yakov Lomaka remembers the German for his ID number from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration-extermination camp. He has reason to. Those camp inmates who could not remember their ID numbers in German were denied food and hit, he says. Current Time spoke with Lomaka about his memories of Auschwitz ahead of the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation on January 27, 1945.
The Dukhobors, Georgia's Pacifist 'Spirit Warriors'
In Georgia, members of a small Christian sect called the Dukhobors preserve the faith they brought with them from Russia in centuries past. Their forebears were persecuted and exiled for their unconventional beliefs and refusal to serve in the army.
'Half-Naked And Barefoot': Chechens, Ingush Recall 1944 Deportations
In February 1944, Soviet leaders started forcibly deporting nearly half a million people from the Caucasus region to Central Asia. Seventy-five years later, survivors who remain in Kazakhstan spoke to Current Time about the lasting trauma of being torn from their homes and families.
The Human Touch
Age No Obstacle For Octogenarian Postal Worker On 48-KM Route
Eighty-two-year-old Yekaterina Dzalayeva has been delivering the mail for half a century in Russia's North Ossetia region. Memories of awaiting the mail during World War II fueled her dedication.The Internet has not diminished it. In this remote mountain community, it's the human touch that counts.
The Tragic Death Of Tomsk's Beloved Puppet Master
Tomsk's beloved puppeteer, Vladimir Zakharov, built and ran his own theater in the Siberian city after switching from robotics to puppetry in the 1990s. He died tragically in early February while trying to save his puppets after his workshop caught fire.
All Creatures Wild And Small: A Kyrgyz Man's Rescue Mission
A resident of Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, has persuaded the city authorities to give him land for a rehabilitation center for rescued wild animals. With the help of volunteers, he saves porcupines, raccoons, foxes, and other animals, and then releases them back them into the wild.