UKRAINE. In Search of “Traitors”: Targets of Russian Special Services in Crimea and on Mainland Ukraine

by Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. On Monday of last week, the Security Service of Ukraine officially announced that they thwarted an attempted kidnapping of a Russian citizen who has lived in Ukraine since 2014 when he moved there “in disagreement with the Kremlin’s aggressive policy.” The agency’s website reported that Russian special services… Read More

RUSSIA. A Killing Epidemic: The Culling of Russian Media Opponents

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. Putin who created a system in which inconvenient people are beaten and killed easily, and death is a convenient solution to the problem of an “inconvenient” individual. And the more cynical the Russian hierarchy gets, the more people die at its hands, be it in the wars or high-profile… Read More

BELARUS. Arrest of Belarusian Escort in Thailand

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. Details about the arrest of “Nastya Rybka” from an eyewitness “Locals acknowledged that they received instructions from Russia – to detain us by any reason” – Alex Leslie In the past few days, the American media has mentioned some information about Anastasia Vashukevitch, a.k.a. Nastya Rybka – a famous scandalous escort girl detained in… Read More

RUSSIA. Loyalty to Putin does not save Crimeans from repression (Лояльность к Путину не спасает крымчан от репрессий)

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. 15 февраля сотрудники полиции Симферополя провели обыск у активиста «поляны протеста» Фазила Ибраимова, после чего его доставили в городской отдел управления МВД России по Крыму. Активиста обвиняют в мошенничестве. Фазила Ибраимова обвиняют в том, что на протяжении семи лет он якобы собирал деньги с участников поляны протеста «Стрелковая» за содействие в получении этой земли в собственность.… Read More

BELARUS. (Exclusive). Lukashenka Keeps Destroying Independent Press – Natallia Radzina

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. On January 24 one of the most long-standing independent sites “Charter’97” was blocked by the decision of the Ministry of Information. The chief editor of the site Natallia Radzina stresses that repressions against the opposition media started almost 20 years ago. “In 1997 the Human Rights Initiative “Charter’97” was… Read More

RUSSIA. After the death of his colleague, a Russian journalist is afraid of returning home

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. At least 58 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1993, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. That includes several Novaya Gazeta journalists who were killed or died in mysterious circumstances since 2000. When the Russian reporter left her hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia in early 2014 to move to… Read More

UKRAINE. «Население Донбасса вытесняют приезжими» – жители Донецка

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. В то время, когда многие из коренных жителей Донецка стараются выехать из зоны оккупации, на их место приезжают люди из «депрессивных регионов» России. Этими впечатлениями с Донбасс.Реалии поделилась дончанка Елена Некрасова (имя изменено в целях безопасности). «Я знаю несколько подобных семей. Как правило, мужчин отправляют воевать, а их жёнам и детям… Read More

RUSSIA. Kseniya Kirillova: Moscow’s bloody list

Kseniya Kirillova – Journalist. Analyst. Writer. Feb. 27 marked exactly six months since the death of my close friend and colleague, Russian and Ukrainian journalist Aleksandr Shchetinin. And the following day, Feb. 28, marked the second anniversary of the murder of Russian political figure Boris Nemtsov. At first glance it might appear that there is… Read More