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Bucharest and Bratislava named among best lesser-known design weeks

28 April 2017 · Bratislava · Bucharest · Romania · Slovakia
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Design magazine Dezeen has listed design weeks in Bucharest and Bratislava among the top eight “best design weeks that are off the beaten track”.

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Ukraine gets ready to block broadcasting by pro-separatist media

28 April 2017 · Ukraine
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Kiev TV tower. Image: D.Rovchak under a CC licence

Ukraine is now looking to TV towers as a crucial tool in its embattled east, as the government plans to jam the airwaves in order to prevent the transmission of broadcasts by pro-separatist media outlets.

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Prosecutor calls for 3.5-year prison sentence for Pokémon GO blogger

28 April 2017 · Yekaterinburg · Russia
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  • Video: Sokolovsky! / Youtube

Russian prosecutors have requested that blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky serve a 3.5 year prison term for playing Pokémon GO in a church.

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The Tajik president’s full title is a mouthful, and local media better get used to it

28 April 2017 · Tajikistan
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“The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon” scrolls across the TV screen. Image: Tajik TV / BBC Monitoring / Twitter

Should you find yourself reporting on Tajik politics anytime soon, you may need to take a deep breath before uttering the name of Tajikistan's esteemed leader. This week a new law came into force that sees state-run media outlets obligated to refer to President Emomali Rahmon by his somewhat long-winded official title: “The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon”, to be precise.

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Buranovskiye Babushki engage in Mortal Kombat

28 April 2017 · Russia
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You may remember the Buranovskiye Babushki (Buranovo Grannies) for their 2012 Eurovision smash hit Party for Everybody. Now the party-loving grandmothers are swapping their dancing shoes for a fighting spirit, taking on the theme song for video game Mortal Kombat.

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Young entrepreneurs relaunch communist-era Romanian watch brand

27 April 2017 · Romania
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  • Image: Optimef / Facebook

  • Image: Optimef / Facebook

  • Image: Optimef / Facebook

  • Image: Optimef / Facebook

In 1979 Optimef launched the first ever Romanian watch. Now the spirit of the iconic communist-era brand has been revived by two entrepreneurs determined to breathe life into Romania's contemporary watchmaking industry.

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Ageing: Russian photographer Natalya Reznik captures decline and hope

27 April 2017 · Perm · Russia
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  • The eye massager is supposed to heal tired eyes (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • Apart from a brief spell of marriage, Olga has always lived with Nadezhda (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • As Nadezhda struggles to find something, her frustration grows and patience runs thin (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • Nadezhda used to do her exercises every day. Now she only does them rarely (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • Relatives visit during a holiday. Nadezhda doesn’t feel she has much in common with them (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • Olga is tired after preparing food for her birthday. Nadezhda comforts her (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • Funeral banquet in memory of my Reznik’s grandfather Aphanasy Vasilyevich (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

  • Nadezhda says see can sometimes see the light when she looks through the kitchen window (Image: Ageing, Natalya Reznik, 2011 — present)

Russian photographer Natalya Reznik has spent eight years documenting the life of her grandmother. 92-year-old Nadezhda Pavlovna's existence echoes the physical and inner struggles of getting older, yet remains infused with a certain optimism.

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Could Bosnia soon be the only European country without state TV?

27 April 2017 · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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BHRT building in Sarajevo (Image: BiHVolim under a CC licence)

Bosnia's public broadcaster BHRT may have to close due to enduring financial struggles, warn experts and journalists. What would this mean for the highly fragmented nation?

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Discover the avant-garde monuments of the former Soviet Union

27 April 2017
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Iset Hotel, Ekaterinburg, photographed in 2015 (Image courtesy of The Constructivist Project)

Jump into the exciting new initiative from The Constructivist Project — an extensive map of avant-garde monuments across the territory of the former Soviet Union.

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Ingushetia moves to ban memorials to Stalin

26 April 2017 · Russia
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Typical castle in Ingushetia (Image: Kavkas under a CC licence)

Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia is on track to ban all memorials to Joseph Stalin, in spite of concerns that such a ban would constitute an infringement on freedom of speech.

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