Tweet My first piece for ABC news Australia on how Russian authorities force opposition outlets to self-censor by making public examples of those who cross government red lines. Below is a short video I made inside the TV Rain (or Dozhd) newsroom. The channel has had its own share of problems in the past,...Read more →
Tweet The Kremlin has said it can’t help Russians who took out home loans in US Dollars or Euros and now find they can’t pay them back. The value of the Russian rouble dropped to an all-time low against the dollar a week ago and some now say they have to pay back several...Read more →
Ice Slide next to Red Square, New Year
In Moscow it’s something of a tradition to go down to Red Square during the festive season, ice skate and soak up the atmosphere.
Catholic Christmas and New Year are bundled up into one and celebrated together – with a particular Soviet twist.
Orthodox Christmas falls on January the 7th.
Here’s my report on festivities from the centre of Moscow.
Ice-skating next to the Kremlin
New Year skater penguins on Red Square, Moscow
Tweet Former oil tycoon turned human rights campaigner Mikhael Khodorkovsky has been ‘arrested in absentia’ according to the Russian Investigative Committee. Its spokesman said Khodorkovskey will be put on an international wanted list. However, British extradition expert Joseph Kotrie-Monson told me that’s unlikely to go anywhere. Khodorkovsky spends much of his time in Britain...Read more →
Tweet Russia’s President blazed, lectured and – on occasion – stumbled his way through 3 hours of questions posed mostly by local journalists. They tried to get the President’s attention by waving large, multicoloured placards. One woman had the picture of a microphone-cum-dummy on hers that said ‘pregnant women skip the queue’. Unfortunately for...Read more →
Tweet Hundreds of truckers have rolled into Moscow to protest against a new tax many say will leave them in poverty. The system was put in place in the middle of last month and drivers now fork out for the distance they drive as well as the road and petrol taxes they pay already....Read more →
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