A quarter century ago, on August 19, 1991, a botched coup attempt began in Moscow, sparking a chain of events that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse. These days, Tajikistan is preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its independence with an unprecedented mass parade and a slew of amnesties. But the planned festivities aren’t a source of happy anticipation for many Tajiks.
The director of Dushanbe’s Mayakovsky Theater speaks and weeps as though a close relative has died.
During the past few weeks, demolition workers have been gradually dismantling her troupe’s Soviet-built home — a low-key, utilitarian and yet much-loved constructivist building along the main city thoroughfare.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is seeing itself tested in one key area – how far the Alliance is willing to go to push back against Russia in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, on NATO’s borders.
Usually in a hostage crisis, the public sympathizes with the hostages upon their release. But in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where a group of anti-government gunmen took over a police station last Sunday, more sympathy seems to be with the hostage-takers themselves.