Saturday 23 October 2021
13 October 2021
The Babyn Yar Tragedy As Described By The Executioners, Their Accomplices, And Survivors
Yom Kippur, the Jewish high holy day of repentance and atonement, fell on September 29 in 1941. This same day, the execution of more than 33,771 Jews in Nazi-occupied Ukraine began at Babyn Yar. The bloodshed would come to be known as one of the most tragic events in Kyiv’s history.
09 October 2021
'Russians Building On Bones': What Fuels Ukrainian Opposition To Babyn Yar Memorial Complex
Eighty years after the Nazi massacres that left nearly 34,000 Ukrainian Jews dead, Ukraine is still struggling to decide how best to remember the tragedy of Babyn Yar. One private proposal for a memorial center that includes Russian investors has provoked the wrath of some Ukrainians.
14 September 2021
From Sympathy To Conspiracy Theories: How Mainstream Russian TV Covered 9/11
Mainstream Russian TV outlets initially commiserated with the U.S. after news broke about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But, as media came more under the Kremlin's control, conspiracy theories began to replace the facts.
06 September 2021
Once A 'Window To Europe,' A Russian Town Rich In History But Little Else
The centuries-old town of Sebezh sits near the borders of both Belarus and Latvia in Russia's western Pskov region. Residents are proud of their well-preserved old houses and rich history, but they've seen little development in a struggling town that was once called the "window to Europe."
12 August 2021
'So Much Grief': Opening Ukraine's Soviet-Era KGB Archives
Since Ukraine opened its Soviet-era KGB archives in 2015, the public has been able to dig into the files and uncover many dark secrets of the past. But for some, the harsh revelations have been too much to handle as they learn that their relatives were secret police informants or agents.
10 June 2021
'This Or Nothing': The Tsarist-Era Prison That Some Call Home
In tsarist Russia, it was a women's prison, but now it's home for poor families with nowhere else to go. Although it's supposed to be temporary accommodation, residents spend years amid its crumbling, ill-lit corridors, waiting for permanent housing.
07 June 2021
How Much Money Has Russia Spent Propping Up Belarus?
As Belarus faces international isolation for its brutal crackdown on opposition voices, it has been able to rely on Russia for support -- both political and economic. Despite a sometimes fraught relationship, Moscow has been pouring money into Belarus since the 1990s.
31 May 2021
Dyatlov Pass Mystery: 1959 Deaths In Russia Still Spark Speculation And Tourism
The mysterious deaths of nine Soviet hikers in the Ural Mountains in 1959 has inspired many movies and documentaries. To this day, journalists and tourists come to Russia's Sverdlovsk region to follow the expedition's route and reach the infamous Dyatlov Pass.
26 April 2021
Belarusian Opposition Leader Tsikhanouskaya, A 'Child Of Chernobyl'
After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, hundreds of thousands of children from hard-hit areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia spent summer vacations in the West to get away, even for a short time, from the irradiated region. Among them: today's Belarusian opposition leader, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
21 January 2021
Traveling With Navalny: Return To Russia