Friday 23 April 2021
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.
25 February 2021
Why Afghanistan’s Policewomen Conceal Their Profession
Each day, gender poses a potentially lethal risk to Afghanistan’s thousands of female police officers. Current Time Kabul reporter Liza Karimi spoke in July 2020 with Afghan policewomen who, despite the dangers, have chosen to persevere with their careers
22 January 2021
Russians Use TikTok In Social Media Surge Of Support For Navalny
Videos supporting jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny are receiving millions of views on TikTok, while other social media platforms are also seeing a strong uptick in pro-Navalny content, including posts by popular celebrities.
30 October 2020
Georgia: Monastery Melee Overshadows Parliamentary Election
18 September 2020
Stranded Hasidic Jewish Pilgrims Bet On Faith To Overcome Ukraine’s COVID-19 Restrictions
A few thousand Hasidic Jews now stranded at the border between Belarus and Ukraine want just one thing this Rosh Hashanah: entrance into Ukraine to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman. Citing COVID-19 restrictions, Ukraine says no, but these pilgrims believe faith overcomes obstacles.
18 March 2020
Russian Christians Fight Coronavirus Pandemic With Faith
In Russia, where 114 have tested positive for COVID-19, no coronavirus quarantine yet exists within the Russian Orthodox Church, the country’s majority religious belief. Instead, despite advice against close contact with others, hundreds of believers in St. Petersburg are opting to shore up their defenses by visiting the city’s Kazan Cathedral.
20 February 2020
Eight Jehovah's Witnesses Charged With Extremism In Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region
Russian authorities in the Jewish Autonomous Region in Siberia have charged eight Jehovah's Witnesses with extremism amid what activists say is an escalating campaign of persecution of the religious group.
12 November 2019
Persevering In Russia's Promised Jewish Homeland
In a distant corner of Russia’s Far East, along the border with China, the world’s only official Jewish territory other than Israel has existed peacefully for the last 85 years. The Jewish Autonomous Oblast was established under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1934, ostensibly to provide a homeland for ethnic Jews living in the USSR.
20 September 2019
With Mother In Iraqi Jail, Children Of Dead IS Fighter Start New Life In Georgia
Three children look happy and healthy now with their grandparents in Georgia, but that's after living for a year with their mother in an Iraqi jail. Their father, an Islamic State militant, was killed in Iraq, and the Georgian government is still trying to bring her home.