Friday 1 December 2023
27 August 2021
The Protests That Brought The Soviet Union To Its Knees
At the end of the 1980s, protest movements across the Soviet Union sprung up, with people in the constituent republics calling for independence. Fed up with the corrupt Soviet regime, protesters demanded an end to Soviet rule and a more equitable society.
06 August 2021
Where A Big Win At The Olympics Means A Big Cash Prize
Most countries in Current Time's coverage zone tend to pay much more to award gold medal winners than the 2020 Tokyo Olympics' current top medal winner, the United States ($37,500). Though support for national athletics programs may vary, the prestige of an Olympics win remains unchanged since Sovie
15 July 2021
As Moldova Heads Into Elections, Transdniester Maintains A Separatist Stance
Parliamentary elections in Moldova are taking place on July 11 without the cooperation of the breakaway region of Trandniester. Most people in the region have Moldovan passports and can travel to nearby districts to vote, but only a few thousand are expected to do so.
23 December 2020
How Much Does It Cost To Cut Off A Country From The Internet?
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan have all opted for Internet shutdowns, but at what cost to their economies? Current Time Digital’s Anna Shamanska explains both the cost-calculations for these shutdowns and their potential long-term damage.
13 August 2020
Belarus: No Maidan In The Making, Observers Say
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.