Features & Blogs
Tuesday 17 May 2022
May 17, 2022
Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine
RFE/RL's Ukraine Live Briefing gives you all of the latest on Russia's unprovoked invasion of its neighbor, how Kyiv is fighting back, the plight of civilians, and Western reaction. The Live Briefing presents the latest developments and analysis, updated throughout the day.
May 16, 2022
'We Are Fighting Against Evil': Four St. Petersburg Women Face Prison As Russia Intensifies Crackdown On Dissent
Four women in St. Petersburg face the threat of up to 10 years in prison for allegedly "discrediting the armed forces" regarding protests against the war in Ukraine. Their cases are among about four dozen such prosecutions across Russia marking a new stage of the Kremlin's war against dissent.
May 15, 2022
A Romanian Actor's #MeToo Moment Is Met With A Shrug
Viorica Voda says she has been haunted for years by sexual harassment and other demons after her onscreen role as a teenage vixen. When she recently shocked one of Romania's biggest award nights with her allegations, most of her colleagues didn't seem to care.
May 15, 2022
'The Future Of The Country': Russian Activist Creates Database Of Schools That Use Children In Pro-War Demonstrations
A former coordinator for imprisoned opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is using Telegram to collect and publish information about schools and teachers he says compel children to participate in demonstrations in support of Russia's war in Ukraine.
May 14, 2022
Affection Not Allowed: Turkmen Police Detain Hand-Holding Couples Amid New Restrictions
Dozens of couples have been arrested in Turkmenistan for holding hands in public, with police accusing them of breaching traditional norms. The arrests come as Ashgabat tightens control over the lives of women.
May 13, 2022
Chinese Dissident Artist Defies Warnings To Take On Xi, Putin, And The Ukraine War
Amid calls from the Chinese Embassy in Prague for his exhibition to be cancelled, dissident Chinese artist Badiucao unveiled a new collection that criticizes China's policies in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and takes aim at Beijing's embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Troops Destroy Russian Armor In Donetsk Region2
Interview: Can Ukrainian Forces Successfully Counterattack In The Donbas?3
Russia's Offensive In Ukraine Has Lost Momentum, Western Military Officials Say4
Bypassing Bosnia: The Massive Bridge Set To Transform Balkan Travel5
Zelenskiy Signs Law Banning Pro-Russian Political Parties In Ukraine6
UN Could Organize 'Humanitarian Corridor' For Ukrainian Black Sea Shipping, Port Owner Says7
Inside Tito's Secret Bunker8
Strip Searches, Evacuations, and Russian Bombardments: One Couple's Escape From Mariupol To Finland9
Ukraine Says It's Launched A New Counteroffensive As Russia Moves Forces Away From Kharkiv10
More Than 260 Ukrainian Soldiers Evacuated From Steelworks In Mariupol, Defense Ministry Says