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FEATURES & COLUMNS

BALKAN EYE
A Boy’s Own Tale of Chernobyl
How a nuclear error hundreds of miles away helped start a war of the worlds in Bulgaria.
By Boyko Vassilev

SOCIETY
“Total control” of Islam
The Tajik authorities are in the midst of an all-out campaign to regulate all aspects of Muslim activity, say human rights defenders. From Forum 18.
By Mushfig Bayram

AROUND THE BLOC

May 4
RBC Owner Prokhorov Takes Stock After Police Raids
Naming Russians cited in Panama Papers may have been the last straw for the independent media group.

Armenian Tech on an Upward Trend
The IT sector has emerged from post-Soviet doldrums to become a rare success story in the economically challenged country.

Kosovo Joins European Soccer’s Top Flight
FIFA membership could soon follow, as the former Serbian province gains increasing acceptance by major sports organizations.

Armenian Tech on an Upward Trend
The IT sector has emerged from post-Soviet doldrums to become a rare success story in the economically challenged country.

April 5
Stalin’s Back
In yet another sign of Russians’ greater acceptance of the brutal Soviet leader, local Communist Party plasters Novosibirsk with sympathetic billboards.

Central Europe Reaffirms Opposition to Quotas
New EU proposal for asylum reform includes fines for those who do not comply and elicits predictable response from region’s politicians.

April 6
Russian Orchestra Plays in War-Torn Syria
Symbolic concert honors victims of terrorism, as Russian and Syrian dignitaries look on.

Russia Says Foiled Terrorist Attacks
Security service says arrested Central Asians had been planning major attacks.

London Comes to Prague
One of the last projects of the late architect Zaha Hadid is a big step closer to reality.

FROM THE TOL ARCHIVE – EDITORS’ PICK

China’s Central Asian Triad
Long cut off from its historical ties to Central Asia, Beijing now sees Xinjiang as a keystone of China’s security, development, and energy…
By Michael Clarke

Hungary’s Premier Calls for Referendum on EU Refugee Quotas
Viktor Orban vows quotas that ‘could redraw Hungary and Europe’s ethnic, cultural and religious identity’ can’t be imposed…
By Brian Kenety

In (Russian) News We Trust?
We are fighting the information war with rusty weapons.
By Martin Ehl

Fifty Shades of Stalin
Love him? Hate him? Throw paint on him?
By D. Garrison Golubock and Barbara Frye