How corruption and greed are destroying the architectural treasures of Nizhny Novgorod.
For Anna Nemtsova, a Persephone Miel Fellow at the Pulitzer Center, preserving Nizhny Novgorod's historic center is a personal mission.
Palaces of top officials are popping up on pristine public land along the Black Sea coast. They are viewed as stark reminders of corruption and inequality in Russia.
Turkey's political evolution has opened the door for criticism and humor too. The Young Civilians take on the military – and more. Will they become a model for others?
The Caspian Sea has been a strategic backwater for most of its history. But recent discoveries of large oil and natural gas reserves have touched off a five-way arms race.
With Vladimir Putin back in power in Russia, understanding him is more important than ever. Two recent books attempt to unravel the mystery, adding new insight into the Russian leader's life and rule.
The naval buildup in the Caspian Sea is amplifying regional tensions. It's Russia versus Iran, with three post-Soviet states—and trillions of dollars in oil—in the middle.
The Habur Gate border crossing between Turkey and Iraq is a lifeline for Turkey's border towns and, for the Kurds who live in them, the gateway to a free Kurdistan.
Moscow's counter-terror measures in Dagestan prompted a protest from a mob of Muslim mothers and wives who said their loved ones were being locked away, beaten or tortured with electricity.
The Turkish government recently lifted a decades-long ban on the Kurdish language in schools, but a young Kurdish activist says they still have a long way to go.
In Istanbul's Grand Bazaar sales of gold coins and bars are up while the market for jewelry is shrinking. The decreased demand for fine craftsmanship has taken a toll on many family businesses.
Azerbaijan's intolerance for journalists, Armenians and gays makes for an awkward Eurovision song contest.