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.
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.
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.
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 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.
28 January 2020
'It Disappeared...And Now It's Back': Russia's Izhorian Community Strives For Cultural Revival
Nazi occupation and Soviet repression decimated the Izhorian people, a tiny ethnic minority from northwest Russia. Now just hundreds remain, but efforts are being made to revive their language and culture.
24 January 2020
Sex Trafficking: A Kyrgyz Teenager's Search For Justice
It started with an invitation to a birthday party. And reportedly ended with repeated rape and beatings in a Bishkek brothel. This 16-year-old Kyrgyz girl’s story as a sex-trafficking victim is tragically familiar in Central Asia, though investigations do not always occur rapidly. After Current Time’s January 22, 2020 report about her story, however, Kyrgyz police detained three suspects in the case. Her identity has been concealed.