(JOURNEYMAN PICTURES) President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan was the dictator famous in the West for his crazy decrees and bizarre personality cult. But for his people, there was nothing comical about his rule.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) The beginning of this year saw a change of administration in Transnistria. It's trying to gradually open up to the international community. After 20 years of isolation, the region's economy is in tatters.
(NEWEURASIA) Official Turkmen media coverage of the fraudulent presidential election. Original translations by myself and a fellow citizen-journalist for NewEurasia.
(MONDAY PRODUCTION) Putin's Kiss is a 2012 documentary, directed by Lise Birk Pedersen, about Russian youth activist Masha Drokova and her experiences with the youth organisation Nashi.
(BBC) Lenin's Children a new 45-minute BBC Persian/BBCUZBEK.COM/ documentary looking at life in Tajikistan twenty years after independence from the USSR. Once one of the smallest and poorest Soviet republics, Tajikistan has gone from Communism to capitalism, and from atheism to a rediscovery of Islam. Khayrullo Fayz, returns to his home village in the north of the country to find out how life has changed.
(HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH) For four days in June 2010, violence engulfed southern Kyrgyzstan, as ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks clashed, leaving hundreds of people dead, thousands homeless, and entire Uzbek neighborhoods burned to the ground.
(EURONEWS) Video about Nagorno-Karabakh. In Russian.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) Our journey begins in Blindesti, a little village on the Moldava-Romania border. People here live in grinding poverty. They used to work as migrant labor in Romania, but since Romania joined the EU, they have needed visas. In the special economic zone Ungheni,at least there are a few companies. But the pay is around 150 euros a month. Moldova's capital, Chisinau, displays unmistakable traces of the Soviet past. The future is uncertain, and young people are leaving their country.
(DEUTSCHE WELLE) Latvia: Anti-Government Protests According to the EU's latest economic forecasts, Latvia's economic output is set to shrink by 6.9 percent - the worst drop of any EU state. Many Latvians have little faith that Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis will be able to cope with the crisis, with tens of thousands taking to the streets of Riga in January to protest against the government's response to the deepening recession and widespread corruption.