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21 February 2020
Violence Flares In Ukraine As Evacuees Arrive From China
A convoy carrying people recently evacuated from Wuhan, China, arrived in the Ukrainian town of Novi Sanzhary, where they were due to be held in quarantine, on February 20. A crowd of locals, fearful that the evacuees would bring the coronavirus to the town, clashed with police and tried to block the buses with burning debris.
20 February 2020
Dreams Denied: Kyrgyz Green Card Winners Respond To U.S. Travel Ban
When Kyrgyz citizen Beknazar Ibraimov won a U.S. Green Card this year, he sold his family's apartment and started making plans. But the White House's January 31 decision to ban Kyrgyz citizens from entering the U.S. caught him and hundreds of other Kyrgyz Green Card winners up short. Bishkek has pledged to meet U.S. demands for a biometric passport, but, as yet, little suggests that Ibraimov and his compatriots will see their Green Card dreams come true this year.
17 February 2020
Building Houses Of Memories: Armenians, Azerbaijanis Who Fled The Karabakh Conflict
The territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh has lasted since the end of the 1980s. As a result, more than a million people from both countries are estimated to have become refugees and forced migrants, losing their homes and their ways of life.
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.
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.
07 February 2020
Ukraine Turns To Germany To Transform Troubled Railways
Ukraine's troubled railway company Ukrzaliznytsia and Deutsche Bahn have signed a 10-year memorandum of cooperation under which the German operator will plan a way forward for the state operator. Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk says it could lead to Deutsche Bahn jointly managing Ukrainian railways. Current Time sent two reporters to compare and contrast regional rail services in both countries.
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.
30 January 2020
Death Sentences For Brothers In Belarus Also 'A Punishment For Their Families'
Two brothers who killed their next-door neighbor in the town of Cherykau were sentenced to death this month by a Belarusian court. The country is the last in Europe to impose the death penalty. In interviews with Current Time, the convicts' mother and sister expressed their grief, saying that the sentence also inflicts a harsh punishment on the family.
16 January 2020
StreetVoices: What Putin Should Tell Russia's Political Elite
On January 15, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to Russia's Federal Assembly about the state of the country and changes for the future. Ahead of the speech, Current Time spoke with Russians in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Vladivostok, and Yekaterinburg about what they would tell parliament in Putin's place.