How cash for refugees vanished into tax havens
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How cash for refugees vanished into tax havens
Participants in the Turkish branch of global U.S. media brand called for a criminal investigation into journalists reporting on Turkish President Erdoğan
CNNTürk'te yayınlanan Gece Görüşü programının sunucu ve katılımcıları Erdoğan ailesi hakkında yazan gazetecilerin resmi makamlarca soruşturulmasını istedi. Cevabımızı yayınlıyoruz.
An investigation into the links between President Erdogan and energy deals
After millions of eggs have been withdrawn from supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany over fears they contain a toxic insecticide, a Romanian connection to the scandal is now revealed.
30 year-old Uzbekistan journalist Ali Feruz is on the verge of deportation from Russia, and risks torture in the Central Asian country
The journalist is homosexual - a crime in Uzbekistan - and has previously been beaten up by the Uzbek authorities
The Turkish regime's campaign against journalists is "nothing but a persecution against freedom of thought and expression" says investigative journalist Ahmet Şık, taking the witness stand in an Istanbul court
The editor of Turkish newspaper Evrensel is under investigation by public prosecutor over allegations he "insulted the President" by republishing an article by The Black Sea on the business dealings of Turkish President Erdogan's family
Turkish newspaper Evrensel is battling a court decision to censor report on business dealings of Turkish President's family, first published in The Black Sea
While grand residential projects help regenerate the outer centre of the Spanish capital’s district of Delicias, Romanian beggars build shanty-huts in the dirt
We wanted to expose how Romanians are the main nationality of male prostitutes in Rome… and we did not do it
Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Sik has been in prison for two months, accused on terrorism charges for tweeting criticisms of the Erdogan-led Government. Today he made a rare venture back into the public eye - speaking as a defendant in a different trial
Over 120,000 Romanians protest in central Bucharest, violence breaks out after a few hundred hooligans start chucking flares at the police: eye-witness report
The technology behind scouting through the largest leak in sports history
“If there was a free and fair judiciary, I would give you my testimony ... The failed coup doesn't change the fact that there is a junta in power right now"
These words are from Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık to his Istanbul prosecutor following a charge of spreading 'terrorism' through Twitter.
They are from yesterday.
"I'm being detained. They're taking me to the prosecutor due to a tweet" Ahmet Şık
Cypriot Club Apollon Limassol is at the centre of a scandal involving the transfer of players for non-sporting reasons - here we go into depth about the story of Nikola Maksimovic
Cypriot Club Apollon Limassol is at the centre of a scandal involving the transfer of players for non-sporting reasons - here we go into depth about the story of Marko Pavlovski
Cypriot Club Apollon Limassol is at the centre of a scandal involving the transfer of players for non-sporting reasons - here we go into depth about the story of Andrija Zivkovic - the man who didn't know he was sold to Apollon
A guide to cashing in from four ways while negotiating with an English Premier League club in the player transfer of a Serb international
They are against a united Europe, the ‘Islamisation’ of the continent and open borders. Many have attacked the eastern expansion of the European Union - so why have they come to Romania?
"Why are you here?"
As protests accelerate in Moldova, a guide to the country's fragile political parties - and the divided protestors looking to seize and influence power
A list of the mega-mosque projects Turkey has built or are under construction across five continents, revealing size, who is behind the financing, and when they are planned for delivery
Spot the difference
As Georgia aims to boost its seaside holiday offer, Elena Lomora explores the deserted resort of Anaklia and the bustling crowds of Batumi
Galleries of the best images from international photographers working in the Black Sea region
“I tried to escape from heroin in the city to my grandparents in the countryside - but there was the source of the drug. That’s where I think I contracted HIV,” says ex-user Anton from Kyiv, Ukraine
"You don’t meet many couples where one is injecting drugs and the other is clean," says Gary from Balti, Moldova
“I am not a victim,” says communication specialist Monica from Bucharest, “but a person was has survived and can have a normal and healthy life.”
Meeting the mothers with HIV who refuse doctors’ recommendations to abort their babies in Ukraine and Moldova
Bugs! Depravity! Bodily fluids! Experiencing romance and nightmare on the overnight train linking Romania and Moldova
Mihaela suffered violence from her husband after the birth of her premature daughter - a child he disowned as a "cripple"
When bearing children, fighting cancer and during a divorce, Eleonora continued to be beaten by her husband
At the entrance to the Republic of Moldova's second-largest city Balti, huge Soviet mosaics celebrate a paradise for the proletariat and peasants
Draft law threatening phone and web privacy under attack
Tim Torkildson, a blogger who turns prose into poetry, has reacted to our story on the proposed billion-dollar gold mine in Transylvania's Rosia Montana with this set of verses (views are entirely his own)
Every drug imaginable was available for a 21 year old with cash in his pocket in Russia’s capital
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From Sevastopol we are taking a tour of the southern point of Crimea via its capital - Simferopol, then Alushta and Yalta, before going back to Sevastopol.
Tea cultures start to ‘jostle through’ the hills of nut trees. In each town (somewhat big) there is a ÇAYKUR factory. Today we met the Lazi community from the villages between Rize and the Georgian border. The Lazi are an ethnic group stemming from a former tribe of the Colchis Kingdom. Less than100.000 Lazi still live in Turkey, spread all over the villages on the Black Sea coast and in Georgia, over the border. Former warriors who survived in an extremely violent region, settled in the area before the Greeks and Turks, the Lazi speak an endangered language: the Lazuri. It wasn’t until the ‘60s that the Lazuri started to be researched and set in a written form by a German professor, Wolfgang Feurstein. In the past, the Turkish state (and before it, the Ottoman power) did its best to prevent the Lazuri from being spoken. For Turkish nationalism, minorities represent a danger, a direct threat to the state.
We’ve left very early in the morning, because we’re planning to arrive to the Black Sea coast between Istanbul and Ankara sometime in the afternoon, and because this means crossing Istanbul on the motor highway that cuts the town into two and crosses the Bosphorus.
Those who have ever driven in Istanbul at rush hours know this is a more than challenging mission. Not to mention I had woken up with a food intoxication (with fever, headaches – everything) because of the copious dinner the previous day.
Some friends had recommended us to eat in Sinemorets and we had confounded it with Chernomorets (Thanks, Dan, we try it next time!) So, I am carrying this illness on my feet, or pedals…
The first posts are going to be as hectic as we were before the departure*. The visas for Russia and that for Azerbaijan in particular made a hash of our arrangements but, at last, over a week late, we hit the road. The following days are going to be more of a race to Ankara, where I and Petruț are going to leave in turn, for three days, for jobs planned long before we had known the exact date of the Black Sea tour. We will be returning to this area, so these first few days will be a sort of a recon. While leaving Vama, I notice a cluster of little houses for low-budget tourists set against the cemetery.
Go visit the Black Sea! Your car is already there