Friday 28 February 2020
27 February 2020
Prague Names Square After Slain Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov
The city of Prague has renamed a square in front of Russia's embassy in the Czech capital as Boris Nemtsov Square. The honor, on the fifth anniversary of the Russian opposition leader's assassination in Moscow, follows similar tributes in Washington and Vilnius.
25 February 2020
Russian Political Hit: Five Years On, Nemtsov's Killing Remains A Mystery
The killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on February 27, 2015, shocked pro-democracy advocates around the world. Despite the conviction of five men for carrying out a contract hit, the biggest question has yet to be answered: Who ordered his killing?
20 February 2020
Eight Jehovah's Witnesses Charged With Extremism In Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region
Russian authorities in the Jewish Autonomous Region in Siberia have charged eight Jehovah's Witnesses with extremism amid what activists say is an escalating campaign of persecution of the religious group.
14 February 2020
Escape From Quarantine: Russian Flees After Negative Coronavirus Tests
Alla Ilyina fell sick after returning home to Russia from China and was held in isolation at a St. Petersburg hospital. But after she tested negative twice for coronavirus, she decided there was no reason to stick around.
14 February 2020
Russia's Vanishing Reindeer Herders: How A Native People Defy Change
The native Nenets reindeer herders of Russia's Far North are determined to preserve their traditional way of life despite population shifts, market changes, and perceived threats to their ancestral territory. But as reindeer herders start to vanish, this community faces a daunting tussle with time.
12 February 2020
Conspiracy Theories On Russian TV Blame Donald Trump, U.S. For Coronavirus
With coronavirus cases and deaths steadily rising, Russia's pro-government TV channels appear to have sensed a prime opportunity for some conspiracy theories: The epidemic could be all the work of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Central Intelligence Agency, and U.S. philanthropist George Soros, their news reports suggest. As yet, proof is not a priority.
05 February 2020
How The Big Mac Came To Moscow 30 Years Ago
Thirty years ago, on January 27, 1990, the first McDonald's opened in Moscow. It had taken 14 years of negotiations, vodka shots, and handouts of Ronald McDonald wristwatches to get this icon of Western capitalism into the Soviet Union. Current Time Digital’s Anna Shamanska explains how the challenge ultimately paid off.
03 February 2020
Inside A Closed Russian Village After Deadly Nuclear Accident
Current Time gained exclusive access to a closed village near a Russian military facility where five people died after an explosion and radiation leak. Residents of Nyonoksa have spent their lives in the shadow of a weapons test site, and while some are unworried, others say there's been a lack of information about possible health risks.
28 January 2020
'It Disappeared...And Now It's Back': Russia's Izhorian Community Strives For Cultural Revival
Nazi occupation and Soviet repression decimated the Izhorian people, a tiny ethnic minority from northwest Russia. Now just hundreds remain, but efforts are being made to revive their language and culture.
27 January 2020
'I Won, Against All Odds': Auschwitz Survivors And Liberator Recall The Holocaust
Seventy-five years ago today, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration-extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. An estimated 1.1 million people had died there by the war’s end. For Soviet tank crewman David Dushman, the condition of the camp’s “unfortunate” inmates was a shock. Many of those prisoners, like Vera Kriegal Grossman, see their survival as a victory in itself.