Thursday 24 October 2019
18 October 2019
Russian Police Detain Doctors' Union Head Outside Barricaded Clinic
Police detained the head of one of Russia's doctors' unions as she came to help colleagues barricaded inside a rural tuberculosis clinic set for closure. The protest is part of a wider battle to save dwindling rural health care services in Russia.
04 June 2019
'A Person, Not An Invalid': Smolensk DJ Defies His Diagnosis
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Stas Borodin, 33, lost a good job in Moscow, his wife left him, and he was forced to return to his native Smolensk. He didn't give up, but instead started a new life and became a well-known DJ in the city.
18 April 2019
Parents Despair As Kids Hit By Gene Disorder
A rare genetic disorder called CLN2 causes children to lose the ability to walk, see, and speak, with most not living beyond their teens. Five-year-old Nastya, from Kamenka in Russia, is one of an estimated 1,500 worldwide suffering from it.
29 January 2019
A Nurse In Rural Russia Walks To Work -- 12 Kilometers Each Way
Nurse Sagilya Nigmatullina walks 48 kilometers a week so that she can tend to patients in the remote village of Pervomayka, in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. She earns just $150 a month but says the walk is good for her and that she's never thought of quitting.
25 January 2019
A 'School For Superheroes' For Sick Children In Ukraine
Ukraine says it will ensure children in major regional hospitals receive an education from September 2019. Some 2,000 children are currently educated in hospitals, but one group, which runs a "School For Superheroes" in a Kyiv hospital, says 10,000 hospitalized children need schooling.
22 January 2019
Surgeons Stop Transplants In Ukraine Over New Law
A new law which creates a new organ donor database for Ukraine has led to surgeons refusing to perform transplants. They say operating could result in prosecution because many new bylaws have yet to be enacted. The government has called the move "an act of sabotage."
09 January 2019
Chelyabinsk Man Teaches The Beauty Of The Banya
Ivan Boyarintsev gave up city life hosting events to teach others how to run a traditional banya, or sauna, in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He now offers courses from beginner level to master classes and believes the banya can give meaning to his life and the lives of others.
19 December 2018
Unknown Russia: Sergei Ivanov Gets A New Life In The Village Of The Blind
Sergei Ivanov, a blind Russian factory worker, has lived for over 30 years in the Soviet-era village of Rusinovo, some 386 kilometers northeast of Moscow. Officials created the settlement to improve life for the blind and vision-impaired, but Ivanov, now in his late 40s, has experienced few advantages here. A 2017 broadcast of Unknown Russia helped finally make a difference.
20 October 2018
Kyrgyzstan's Bionic Arm For A Better World
Ten-year-old Aliya, a Kyrgyz schoolgirl, has just picked up something with her left hand for the first time. She is the first customer for a Kyrgyz-made, bionic prosthetic arm that developers promise will enable those with a limb difference to lead more independent lives.