Parades across the former Soviet states commemorated the 70-year anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War, also known as World War II, while a new military confrontation between Russia and Turkey sparked a political row between old Cold-War foes. In Ukraine, the eastern frontline between pro-Russia insurgents and the Ukrainian military remained a stalemate.
The year-long unrest and conflict in Ukraine that first escalated and then subsided had repercussions from Turkey in the west to Kyrgyzstan in the east, with governments attempting to stifle their own dissent at home or dealing in uncertainty with Putin's Russia. Even as the value of the ruble tumbled, Russia continued to flex its political muscles in the region, secu
Istanbul's city center exploded in protest during the summer, Syria's civil war continued through the year, the targeting of undocumented workers in Russia intensified, and America's use of the Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan soon comes to an end. These, and hundreds of other stories, were covered by our contributing photojournalists and documentary photographers in 2013.
Survivors of a brutal conflict that presaged the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Armenian and Azerbaijani veterans of the 1988-1994 war over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh actually hold one thing in common -- a fear that, nearly 20 years after the cease-fire, they are being forgot
From the colorful bazaars of Istanbul to the felt gers of Ulaanbaatar, our contributing photojournalists have documented daily life - the struggles and the joys, the politics and sports, the living and the dead.
From the colorful bazaars of Istanbul to the felt gers of Ulaanbaatar, our contributing photojournalists have documented daily life - the struggles and the joys, the politics and sports, the living and the dead. It is through their eyes and by capturing with their cameras that EurasiaNet.org can present unique stories of people, events, and humanity in the South Caucasus, throughout Central Asia, across the Anatolian Plain, and over the rolling steppe of Mongolia.
These images are a look back at EurasiaNet's best photo coverage of news and stories from 2012. Although all of the excellent photos and hard work from our photographers cannot be featured on this select gallery of images, you can review all of our posted Photo Essays here and our posted Audio Slideshows here.
Finally, we would like to thank the courage and tenacity that our contributing photojournalists show every day.
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When the Soviet Union collapsed back in 1991, traffic was never a problem in the cities of Central Asian and the Caucasus. Just a few boxy Ladas and tankish Volgas, for example, roamed the streets of Almaty, which, back then, was still Kazakhstan’s commercial and political capital. Now, Almaty’s streets get clogged at rush hour and some say the smog there is worse than in LA.