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Moldova: summer at the lake

Moldova is a landlocked country, but its inhabitants don't give up the pleasure of spending a day on the beach. In Chişinău there are several urban parks that have bathing lakes within them. A photo-report by Francesco Brusa

Absheron’s Bağ Evi: Looking for a Lost Cottage

They were meant for escape from Baku’s sizzling summer days, when high humidity and powerful winds can cover the skin with a gritty, wet film. Bağ evi (literally, “garden house”) are the equivalent of dachas in Russia. Photos by Sheyda Allahverdiyeva

Russia’s Spiritual Christians on Armenia’s Highlands

The village of Fioletovo in northern Armenia is one of a kind. Nestled among the mountains north of Lake Sevan, it is home to 1,500-odd Molokans, a Christian sect which split from Russia’s Orthodox Church in the 16th century

Pristina, closed for smog

Sky-high pollution rates led Prishtina authorities to close the centre to traffic, while many citizens protested to ask for new measures to improve quality of air. A photo-report by Veton Kasapolli/OBCT

Albania, between rocks and sky

A harsh, essential land, a life marked by isolation and the perpetual, unrelenting cycle of seasons. A photo report by Ivo Danchev, in the mountains of northern Albania, in the Pukë and Fushë Arrëz areas

Albania, the knowledgeable winemaker

Agronomist, winemaker, beekeeper. Jak Pacani, animator and owner of the "Ersi" winery, has been a true pioneer in the reorganisation of agriculture in the Zadrima region after the collapse of Albania's centralised system in the early 1990s. A photo report by Ivo Danchev

Silk from Albania

Until recently, the alluvial region of Zadrima in the north of Albania was well known for the breeding of silkworm. The latter served for the production of traditional, bright colored cloths, patiently and passionately hand-woven to the chassis by women from the area. A photo-story by Ivo Danchev

The all-girl band rockin’ stereotypes away

When they play, their eyes sparkle, just as they should — for they are the Diamonds. This all-girl band rocks the time away in Aparan, a town about 60 kilometres north of Yerevan which does not shine with opportunities for teenagers, especially girls. By Inna Mkhitaryan

Romania and Moldova: children left behind

A photo-report by Gianmarco Carlone on the so-called "white orphans" – children of migrant parents who are raised by relatives or forced to live in orphanages

Istanbul historical neighbourhoods

Tarlabaşı, Fatih, Fener and Balat: the old Istanbul on the European side, its streets, architectures and the people living there. A photo-reportage by Stefano Majno