Also by Yury Baranyuk
March 22, 2023
An 'Ideological' Campaign: Kremlin Steps Up Pressure On Banned Human Rights Group Memorial
Supporters of Memorial say a wave of searches and new criminal cases signals that the Kremlin seeks to completely erase the embattled Russian human rights group -- which has led the way in revealing the crimes of the Soviet government against its own people for decades -- from public memory.
December 06, 2022
Czech Company Modernizes Tanks For Ukraine With The Help Of Refugees
Soviet-era T-72 tanks are getting new optics, armor, and more at a Czech facility in Sternberk, thanks in part to the efforts of Ukrainian refugees working there. Some 150 people have been hired by Excalibur Army to modernize old military equipment.
July 16, 2022
'China Invades Russia': Anti-War Cartoon Satire Goes Viral
The popular Russian-language cartoon Masyanya is trending on YouTube after a new episode in which China invades Russia in order to save it from fascism. Russia used the same baseless pretext to launch its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
June 10, 2022
'Stealth Mobilization': Russia Steps Up Efforts To Recruit Fresh Troops For Ukraine War
By some estimates, Russia has lost more soldiers in 15 weeks of war in Ukraine than in the entire 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan. Moscow is getting creative in how it’s recruiting more soldiers for the fight.
March 30, 2022
Russia 'Taking Incredible Losses' In Ukraine, Senior U.S. Official Says
Russia has been sustaining "incredible" losses since the start of its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a senior U.S. State Department official says, putting the figure at more than 10,000 killed since the attack was launched just over a month ago.
March 30, 2022
Nuland: Russia's Negotiating Position Is 'Capitulate And Then Maybe We'll Talk'
In an interview with Current Time on March 29, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said Russia's negotiating position with Ukraine in Istanbul has been: "Capitulate and then maybe we'll talk."
November 19, 2021
Near The Belarusian Border, Praise And Indignation For The Poles Who Offer Shelter
As thousands of migrants sought passage into Poland from Belarus, the few who made it through received life-saving supplies and refuge from a network of Polish activists and volunteer medics who have worked throughout the crisis to help those they believe deserve entry into the European Union.
October 18, 2021
Face Pay: Moscow Metro's Facial-Recognition Payment System Raises Surveillance Concerns
The Moscow Metro has touted a new facial-recognition payment system as the first mass-scale use of a technology that will bring greater convenience to people's everyday lives. But its launch in Russia has raised concerns about the system's possible misuse for surveillance purposes.