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Flight To Freedom: A Slovak Cyclist's Escape From Communism In A Hot Air Balloon
Flight To Freedom, a film by Current Time Digital video producer Mykola Nemchenko and RFE/RL multimedia coordinator Kateryna Oliynyk, shares the story of Czechoslovak cycling champion Robert Hutyra, who, in 1983, used a hot air balloon he had built to fly his family out from behind the Iron Curtain and into neighboring Austria.
InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet (Холивар: История Рунета) is an award-winning, seven-episode series by Russian journalist Andrey Loshak that takes a look at the development of the Russian Internet, or RuNet, and how it has changed over time.
Andrey Loshak is a Russian TV journalist and filmmaker who considers himself, first and foremost, a reporter. Winner of a TEFI, a prestigious Russian media award, for his television reporting, Loshak has worked for Russia’s national networks NTV and STS. He is the founder of the Takiye Dela (Things Like This) information portal about charitable solutions to social problems.
Interview: Putin Sees Internet As Part Of 'Ideological Warfare'
Form #087: Aleksandra Selyaninova
In Soviet times, Aleksandra Selyaninova worked for 16 years within the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ regional offices. When she retired in 1989, she made another change as well: She changed her sex, becoming a woman. "I took off my uniform and put on a dress," she says with a laugh. (Filmmaker: Yekaterina Ponomaryova)
Yekaterina Ponomaryova is a journalist from Yekaterinburg, Russia. For many years, she worked as a correspondent for REN-TV; first in Russia's Urals region, then in St. Petersburg and Ukraine. After leaving REN-TV in 2014, she covered the Urals and Siberia for Current Time.
Interview: Showing Russian Transgenders 'Not Like Freaks:' The Making Of Form #087
Wasteland: The Lethal Soviet Legacy In Kazakhstan
Forty years of Soviet nuclear bomb tests have left a toxic wasteland in Kazakhstan. The nuclear explosions have stopped, but Russia still rents vast swathes of Kazakh territory for missile tests that critics say are devastating for the environment and its inhabitants. Wasteland first aired on Current Time TV's Crossroads program in March 2019. (Filmmaker: Harutyun Mansuryan)
Harutyun Mansuryan was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. He previously worked for Internews Armenia (now Media Initiatives Center) as a production manager. He is the author and producer of more than 50 investigative reports and documentaries.
He now works as a multimedia video producer for RFE/RL in Prague.