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 from My Story.
'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.
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."