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21 May 2020
Ukrainian Prisoners Pay A Price For Less Crowded Conditions Amid COVID-19 Threat
Detainees at Kyiv's notoriously overcrowded Lukyanivska prison, parts of which are 160 years old, have been offered a way out of overcrowded cells with up to a dozen inmates and poor sanitation. But there's a catch. More spacious, refurbished cells, with fewer prisoners and modern bathrooms, come at a price.
15 May 2020
The Death Of Stalin: Unique Propaganda Footage Shows Dictator's Funeral
Largely unseen footage of the funeral and official mourning following the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin is featured in a new documentary, State Funeral, by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. It's being shown on Current Time, the Russian-language network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. The mourning events were held at factories, on collective farms, town squares, and in meeting halls across the Soviet Union.
14 May 2020
Media Rights: How Current Time’s Audience Stacks Up
2019 revealed few bright spots in the media landscape of Current Time’s broadcast zone. The Baltics still top the non-profit Reporters Without Borders’ annual ranking of press freedom in the region, but with concerns raised about Lithuanian security institutions’ newfound ability to shut down media outlets deemed to pose a national security threat. Hopes for independent media Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine have not yet been entirely met, the report found. Meanwhile, the environment for indepe
13 May 2020
Eurasia’s Coronavirus Economy: Comeback On The Way?
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned predicting the economic future into a dice roll, but data from the International Monetary Fund suggests some potential trends to watch. Their forecast: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, all members of the European Union, will encounter the largest reduction in economic growth, but also the biggest rebound in 2021. Ukraine will suffer more than Russia, but likely experience the same level of comeback.
11 May 2020
Despite COVID-19, Ukraine’s Seasonal Workers Set Their Sights On EU Farms
Ukrainian seasonal workers supply much of the spring labor on farms in the EU. But the obstacles for bringing these workers to EU farms do not lie only with coronavirus lockdowns and fear of the virus’ transmission.
06 April 2020
No Money, No Food: COVID-19 Hits Post-Soviet Poor
Across former Soviet countries, lockdowns due to the coronavirus are hitting the poor hardest. The many workers in the gray areas of the economies have been left destitute and even homeless, while some charities that might provide help are closing down.
02 April 2020
How To Self-Isolate Without Going Crazy
27 March 2020
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.