Dan Peleschuk

An illustration image shows the new Latin-based Kazakh alphabet published in a newspaper in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Oct. 27, 2017.

Kazakhstan’s switch from Cyrillic to Latin is about more than just alphabets


Kazakhstan’s president is betting that transforming the alphabet will help his country bolster its national identity, ditch its Russian and Soviet colonial past and better integrate itself in the modern world.

A Ukrainian service member loads magazines at his position on the front line in the government-held town of Avdiyivka

Trump cozying up to Russia? Not in Ukraine.

An investigator works at the scene of a car bomb explosion that killed Maksym Shapoval, a high-ranking Ukrainian official involved in military intelligence, in Kiev

In Kiev, assassinations are becoming commonplace

Crew members prepare tanks in the government-held industrial town of Avdiivka, Ukraine, on Feb. 2.

How Russia is testing Trump on Ukraine

A protester sits in front of burning barricades during clashes with pro-government forces at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Aug. 7, 2014.

Ukrainians worry that Trump will ignore them

President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan

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Visitors to the new Space of Synagogues memorial place stones in remembrance of the dead in Lviv, Ukraine on Sept. 4.

Why Ukraine’s newest Holocaust memorial is so important


The Space of Synagogues memorial comes at a time when Ukraine attempts both to sort out its national identity and commemorate its Jewish past. Neither effort has been straightforward.

Putin stokes Russian culture wars


The president is seeking to secure a loyal base of supporters by polarizing society. He risks losing control of a destabilizing country.

Russia to break ground on new gas pipeline to Europe


When great change is threatening Russia’s global energy dominance, Moscow hopes to lock in European business.

Russian activists stagger under Kremlin crackdown


As the opposition flounders, protesters are seeking new ways to take a stand against the authorities.