Also by Will Tizard
February 12, 2024
Crew Of Seized 'Putin's Yacht' Scrambles To Confront RFE/RL Reporters
RFE/RL reporters were pursued by a drone and questioned by police after getting close to a $700 million superyacht believed to be owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 140-meter Scheherazade was seized by Italy in May 2022 as part of EU sanctions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
February 05, 2024
Argentina Serves As Safe Haven For Russia's LGBT Refugees
Persecuted and prosecuted in their home country, some members of Russia's LGBT community have been driven abroad -- and hundreds have moved to Argentina, where their civil rights are legally recognized. But some worry that Argentina's new president, Javier Milei, may roll back legal protections.
January 31, 2024
Ukrainian-Born Miss Japan Faces Down Critics
Karolina Shiino, a naturalized citizen of Japan who was born in Ukraine, has ignited arguments since winning the Miss Japan 2024 title on January 22. Shiino has lived in Nagoya since age 5 and speaks fluent Japanese. She set out to challenge widely accepted views of who is considered Japanese.
January 29, 2024
Ukrainian Medic Tortured By Russians Credited With Saving Lives Of Other Prisoners
In February 2022, Ukrainian Army medic Yuriy Armash was trying to reach his unit as the Russian invasion was advancing fast. He was caught in Kherson, tortured, and held for months. While in captivity, he used his medical training to treat other Ukrainian prisoners. Some say he saved their lives.
January 25, 2024
Running Against Putin: Boris Nadezhdin's Bid For Presidency Aims To End 'Catastrophe'
Russian opposition candidate Boris Nadezhdin, running for President Vladimir Putin's job in the March elections, says the war on Ukraine has been a disaster. Nadezhdin has collected the legally required 100,000 signatures for his nomination as a candidate, he says.
January 23, 2024
Deadly Russian Missile Strikes Hit Kharkiv And Kyiv
Dozens of Russian missiles rained down on civilian areas of Kharkiv and Kyiv early on January 23, killing at least seven and injuring more than 50 people while destroying buildings. Ukrainian air-defense officials said many of the missiles fired were shot down.
January 22, 2024
Stalked For Five Years, A Serbian Woman Demands Answers
It took years for Jelena Riznic to get Serbian police to take action against a former classmate who began stalking her in 2019. He eventually threatened violence and a large cache of weapons was discovered at his home when he was arrested. Authorities have provided Riznic no further information.
January 17, 2024
Russian Strikes On Kharkiv And Odesa Hit Apartments
Russian air strikes hit apartments in the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv late on January 16 and Odesa hours later. In Kharkiv, at least 17 were wounded in a missile attack. More than a dozen buildings were reportedly damaged by two S-300 missiles fired from the Russian region of Belgorod.
January 16, 2024
Truckers Stalled For Days: Pakistan Restricts Key Border Crossing With Afghanistan
Hundreds of trucks, many loaded with perishable goods, were blocked at a key Pakistan border crossing with Afghanistan on January 16. Citing security concerns, Islamabad has been demanding that Afghan truckers have visas before passing the Pakistan checkpoints.
January 15, 2024
Kosovo Unplugged: Free Electricity Ends After 25 Years
Residents of northern Kosovo, an ethnic Serb-majority area, will finally be forced to pay electricity bills under an agreement years in the making. The plan will end 25 years of free power -- and is likely to put the bite on energy-intensive cryptocurrency "mining" in the region bordering Serbia.
January 11, 2024
Abducted By Russia, Ukrainian Teen Finds His Way Home Almost A Year Later
Denys Berezhniy was a student when Kherson was under Russian occupation. Russian authorities announced to his class that they were being taken to occupied Crimea for a two-week "health" camp visit. It took nearly a year for Berezhniy to get back home.
December 22, 2023
Drone Strike Penetrates Ukraine's Defenses To Hit Kyiv Apartment
Residents of a Kyiv apartment building heard a Russian attack drone heading for their building on December 22 and scrambled to survive. Dozens of drones targeted the Ukrainian capital, causing injuries. The strike in the Solomenskiy district terrorized families but no fatalities were reported.
December 19, 2023
Ethnic Hungarians In Ukraine Hope For EU Membership
Ukraine's ethnic Hungarian minority of roughly 100,000 is concentrated in the western border region around the city of Berehove. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said this minority is oppressed, a claim Berehove's mayor rejects. Orban has blocked $55 billion in EU military aid to Ukraine.
December 14, 2023
Serbian Activists Protest Russian Court Ruling Against LGBT Community
Serbian activists protested on December 13 in front of the Russian Embassy in Belgrade in solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia, where the Supreme Court ruled that the "international LGBT movement" was "extremist" on November 30.
December 13, 2023
Political Murals Make A Splash In Belgrade
Street artist Jana Danilovic uses her work to raise consciousness about issues that may not be "on the community's agenda." She's an activist who has made a colorful impact on the Serbian capital, with artwork dealing with issues such as ecology, marginalized groups, and gender-based violence.
December 12, 2023
Dancing Iranian Pensioner Spawns Imitators, Riles Regime
An Iranian pensioner who published videos of himself dancing has spawned imitators across the country -- but he was reportedly summoned for questioning and his Instagram page was temporarily closed down. Now its popularity has doubled to some 400,000 followers.
December 09, 2023
Kherson Residents Brace For Winter As Crews Repair Shelling Damage
As Kherson residents brace for winter, emergency services are scrambling to repair artillery damage to roofs and windows. Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has hit this region hard, but home dwellers are determined to rebuild and carry on. Some 33,000 windows were replaced in the last year.
December 07, 2023
Afghan Freestyle Soccer Master Makes His Play In Iran
Whether spinning a dozen soccer balls at once or balancing one on a pole while riding a motorcycle, Jamshid Naimi believes he's bound for stardom. For now, he's an Afghan refugee who shows off his freestyle skills on the streets of Iran. But one day he hopes to become famous.
December 05, 2023
Bosnians Living Near Coal Mines Fear Illegal Digging, Landslides
Bosnians living near open-pit coal mines are fearful that vast excavations are destabilizing their land and that digging may be illegally extending under people's property. Mines lay in areas prone to landslides but coal companies maintain they are following Bosnian law..
November 29, 2023
Ukrainian Truckers Still Stuck At Polish Border After Weeks Of Blockades
A group of Polish truckers is in its fourth week of blockading freight vehicles at four checkpoints on the Ukrainian border. Some 4,000 trucks are stuck on roads and drivers are struggling to keep warm while parked in huge lines. The protesters claim Ukrainian cargo companies are competing unfairly.