Economy & Development
Friday 28 February 2020
21 February 2020
Uzbekistan's 'Melon Houses': Inside An Eco-Friendly, Aromatic Tradition
No need to worry about the carbon footprint of Uzbekistan's ancient technique for preserving winter melons. Its special "kovunkhona" storage chambers have no automatic cooling systems at all. Instead, they just rely on cold outside air and centuries of local experience keeping melons fresh until spring.
19 February 2020
No Gas, No Paved Road: Ethnic Russian Village In Georgia Considers Election Boycott
Georgia’s governments have repeatedly declared war on poverty, but in the 300-person village of Davitiani, like in other villages in this would-be European Union member, a lack of income and lack of infrastructure remain daunting problems. To get officials’ attention, Davitiani, a predominantly ethnic Russian settlement located in the eastern vineyard region of Kakheti, is now considering an unusual option: a boycott of Georgia’s October 2020 parliamentary elections.
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.
10 February 2020
Kyrgyz Workers Hunt For Coal Scraps To Survive Winter
In the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, about 200 people work in shifts to search through the ash dump of a heating plant. Desperately poor, they are looking for unburned pieces of coal to sell. It's hard work, but the only way to make a living for many of them during the winter.
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.
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
Kyrgyz Prospect For A Future Built On Gold
It's not just open-pit mines that depend on Kyrgyzstan’s gold wealth. In the frigid, central region of Naryn, one of the Central Asian country's poorest areas, specks of gold in an iced-over river help four men to survive and support their families.
30 December 2019
Putin's Promises: Has Russia Achieved The President's Goals For 2020?
In 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out his development strategy for the distant future: the year 2020. With that year upon us, we look at how closely Russia has adhered to Putin's vision for a wealthier, freer country.
03 December 2019
How EU Firms Are Sidestepping Sanctions And Making Money On The Crimean Peninsula
Even after the EU and the United States adopted sanctions barring investment in Crimea, scores of EU companies have continued to do business on the peninsula, often through murky ownership structures, a new investigation by Current Time has found.
02 December 2019
Young Russians Eager To Emigrate, But Not Always For Good
Amidst restraints on civil rights and economic prospects, young people appear increasingly willing to emigrate from Russia, according to a recent opinion poll by the Levada Center, an independent Russian pollster. . Fifty-three percent of surveyed Russians between the ages of 18 and 24 stated that they would like to move abroad – a sharp increase from 31 percent in 2017.