Saturday 17 April 2021
14 April 2021
'Quietly Dying On The Streets': Medical Charity Helps The Homeless In St. Petersburg
Lacking identification documents and insurance, the homeless and others in St. Petersburg struggle to get health care. Enter the Charity Hospital, whose volunteers deliver street medicine to those the hospitals won't.
01 April 2021
Do Ice-Skating Corpses Insult 'Religious Feelings'? Russia Investigates Body Worlds
In the latest manifestation of the influence of Russia’s conservative movement, the Russian Orthodox Church has joined forces with communists and pro-Kremlin politicians to secure a government probe into the international Body Worlds exhibit, which uses genuine body parts to teach human anatomy.
29 March 2021
How Annexed Crimea's Residents Cope Without Drinking Water
Seven years after its 2014 annexation by Russia, Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula that once thrived on tourism, is struggling to find adequate drinking water. Ukraine, which formerly supplied most of Crimea’s potable water, refused to continue those supplies once Russia took over the peninsula.
25 March 2021
Residents Of Crumbling Moscow Factory Dorms Fight Eviction
Thousands of Moscow factory workers have been forced out of company housing over the years as plants closed their dormitories or shut down altogether. But some families have stayed on despite barely livable conditions, and are fighting in court for their right to decent housing.
19 March 2021
Dangerous Wealth: Russians Fear Contamination From Uranium Fields
Russia's remote Kurgan region, near Kazakhstan, is the location of about one-sixth of the country's uranium reserves. A subsidiary of the state nuclear agency is expanding its operations there. But for many local residents, the growth of the mines means not greater wealth, but greater dangers.
14 March 2021
Ice For Sale: Siberian Tatars Carry On A Centuries-Old Tradition
In an ethnic Tatar village in Russia's Omsk region, drinking water comes from the ice of a local lake, which is cut in winter, carried, and stored for year-round use. It's a good business for those who do the hard work of collecting the ice.
04 March 2021
'An Enemy Of The People' Or 'A Real Man'? A Small Russian Town On Aleksei Navalny
For a few days, the small Russian town of Pokrov, 100 kilometers east of Moscow, thought it was hosting jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. His prison turned out to be in the village of Kolchugino, but the opinions heard in Pokrov illustrate how deep is Russia's divide over Navalny.
12 February 2021
The Tiny Russian Village That Lives In A Five-Story Building
Almost the entire population of the tiny village of Karmadon has lived for decades in a five-story building. After the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in the early 1990s, many of the villagers lost their jobs in the nearby sanatorium.
01 February 2021
Abandoned Homes, Crumbling Infrastructure In A Dying Russian Town
Syava was once a thriving town of 10,000 people some 730 kilometers east of Moscow. But it's dying. After the main factory went bankrupt, rail service stopped, the main hospital closed, and the streets are lined with abandoned houses.
15 January 2021
'Alyonushka Of The Apocalypse:' Russian Monument Gets Laughed Out Of Town
In the Russian city of Novovoronezh, a poorly designed statue was so widely loathed that officials had it dismantled -- but not before it became a joke on social media. In other cities, some residents wish their own local monuments would meet the same fate.
14 January 2021
In Russia's Urals, Abandoned Industrial Towns Are Reclaimed By Forest
In Russia's Urals region, towns that once churned out industrial chemicals and coal are now largely abandoned. Verkhnyaya Gubakha was once a thriving city of more than 30,000, but the population has dwindled, and the landscape is returning to forested taiga.
02 January 2021
Starving, Weak, And Penniless: Russians Try Life On Minimum Wage
A group of industrial workers in the central Russian region of Chelyabinsk have tried to survive on the national monthly minimum wage for one month. They found themselves starving, unable to afford medicine or treatment, and underperforming at work.