Russia


Over 100 Syrian Civilians Killed In Airstrikes Across 10-Day Period

Over 100 Syrian civilians have been killed in airstrikes launched by the Russian-backed Syrian regime over a 10-day period; both Syria and Russia have denied culpability for the deaths. Despite claims that civilian infrastructures were not targeted, Al Jazeera reports that the strikes have decimated schools, markets, and hospitals, among […]


European Court of Human Rights Finds Russian Government Violating LGBT+ Rights

This week the European Court of Human Rights has found the Russian government to be in violation of the human right to freedom of association. Consequently, the government has paid 42,500 euros in damages to three LGBTQ+ not for profit organisations: The Rainbow House, the Movement for Marriage Equality, and […]


Turkey Announces Beginning Of Joint Weapons Production With Russia

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, revealed plans to deploy a Russian missile defence system by April 2020. In a speech given at an event on 15 July in Ankara, Erdoğan stated that Turkey will jointly produce S-400s with Russia. The announcement has caused tension between Turkey and the U.S., as […]


Protest Erupts In Russia As Teenage Sisters Face Murder Charge For Killing Abusive Father

Three sisters now aged 18, 19 and 20 were charged with the premeditated murder of their father, Mikhail Khachaturyan last month.   Court reports have shown that the sisters were repeatedly beaten and sexually abused by their father, a war veteran. He had kept knifes, guns and rifles at home […]


What The Ukrainian Conflict Means For Human Rights

Events in Ukraine are the culmination of five years of political instability, due to divided allegiances between Russia and the European Union. As a former satellite state of the USSR, Ukraine was one of a small number of countries that did not implement the glasnost policies of the Gorbachev leadership […]


Russian Air Force Planes Land In Venezuela

Just earlier this week, a Russian Air Force jet arrived in Venezuela’s main airport in Caracas city. This has caught the watchful eye of many major countries as the Russian-Venezuelan relationship could pose a danger to democracies globally. Venezuela’s state has been suffering since 2014, caused mainly by the rocky […]


Georgia Announces Electoral Reform Amid Protests

Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream,  announced on 24 June changes to the electoral system, making parliamentary elections fully proportional.  Currently, only 77 of the Georgian parliament’s 150 seats are awarded proportionally and the rest by single-seat constituencies.  The changes were announced in order to appease protesters who started demonstrating outside […]


Online Platforms Slow To Tackle Disinformation As EU Announces Russian Interference In Parliamentary Elections

A report released by the European Union (EU) on Friday presented evidence which suggests that Russia is using disinformation to impede elections to the EU parliament. According to the report, the aim was to sway voters towards right-wing parties by using disinformation to spread polarizing views on topics such as […]


Russian Journalist’s ‘Fake’ Charges Dropped

Russian news journalist Ivan Golunov was facing up to twenty years in prison on a drug trafficking charge. He was accused of having the intent to distribute a large quantity of mephedrone (bath salts) and cocaine. Following his detainment on June 6 in Moscow, police released photos of a drug […]


A Reason For Intervention: A Realist Understanding Of The West’s Decision To Intervene In Syria

On 13th April 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France co-ordinated a multilateral air strike within Syria; they successfully targeted three sites associated with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s deadly chemical weapons program. This action was the first instance of multilateral engagement within Syria under the pretext of “establishing […]