Monday 26 October 2020
22 October 2020
'Never Any Conflict': Georgia's Village Of Peace For Ethnic Armenians, Azerbaijanis
Unlike in nearby Armenia and Azerbaijan, ethnic Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Georgian village of Khojorni have long lived together in peace. That history is part of the reason why Georgia, which contains several such villages, has offered to mediate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
20 October 2020
Pensioner Power Boosts Protests In Belarus
Marches by senior citizens have become a regular feature on the streets of Minsk. They are boosting anti-government protests that have occurred daily since the August 9 Belarusian presidential election, which was widely seen as rigged. As one participant put it: "If they arrest me, I'll be proud."
07 October 2020
Funeral Held For Independent Russian Journalist Who Set Herself On Fire
Hundreds of mourners have bid farewell to independent Russian journalist Irina Slavina, who died after setting herself on fire in an apparent reaction to investigators trying to tie her to an opposition group and what's been described as years of harassment by authorities.
05 October 2020
Mourners Pay Tribute To Russian Journalist Who Died From Self-Immolation
Residents of the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod paid tribute to journalist Irina Slavina on October 4, two days after she died from setting herself on fire following a police search of her apartment. People lined up to lay flowers and light candles at a local monument that has become a memorial to
25 September 2020
Perilous Path: Death Trail To A Remote Kyrgyz Village
A dangerous mountain trail is the only direct route that connects the remote southern Kyrgyz village of Zardaly to the outside world. Every year, people and cattle plummet from the cliffs, but locals continue to use the perilous path because they have no other choice.
23 September 2020
'A Shock,' 'A Disgrace': Belarusians Respond To Alyaksandr Lukashenka's Secret Presidential Inauguration
Belarusians interviewed in Minsk by RFE/RL's Belarusian Service after Alyaksandr Lukashenka's surprise September 23 presidential inauguration largely scoffed at the unannounced, closed-door ceremony. The event suggests that Lukashenka, in power since 1994, is afraid of his own people, most said.
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 September 2020
Paint It Again: Minsk Opposition Mural Becomes Flash Point
A mural on the side of a Minsk apartment building of two deejays who were jailed for spinning a song by Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi has become a flash point in the standoff between Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his opponents.
09 September 2020
Activists Save Hill From Mining In Russia's Bashkortostan Region
After weeks of protests, environmental activists in Russia's central Bashkortostan region have won a battle to protect Kushtau Hill from mining. The Bashkir Soda Company had planned to mine limestone from the site. But activists say the hill is a natural treasure and home to many endangered species.