Articles by Daria Litvinova



U.K. Government Warns of Russian Military Threat

The language was stark. No longer was Russia an ally or partner. Instead it was to be seen as a “strategic competitor” and military threat.

Navalny: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Owns 10 Elite Apartments

Russian oppositioner Alexei Navalny has accused Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov of buying 10 apartments, the total cost of which is estimated at 600 million rubles ($9.4 million).

Mad and Bad: A Look Back at Russia's Most Notorious Parliament

In the end, the State Duma went out with a bang, passing a dozen hard-line amendments on its last day.

'I Don't Want to Die': Harrowing Tales From Russia's Summer Camp

Of the 47 children and four young instructors that went boating on June 18, only 37 came back alive.

Live Blog: President Putin Speaks at 2016 St. Petersburg Economic Forum

Why Kerch May Prove a Bridge Too Far for Russia

"Our grandfathers built the Baikalo-Amur Siberian Mainline. So we are going to build the bridge," says a videoclip on the website devoted to construction of the Kerch bridge.

Russian Hooligans at Euro 2016 Threaten Kremlin’s Goals

In the closing minutes of the June 11 match in Marseilles, Vasily Berezutsky rose to head home the equalizing goal. What happened next made front-page news across the world.

Banned Russian Runners Struggle to Keep Their Careers Afloat

As his first international race, the Kanazawa marathon was a special occasion for Viktor Ugarov, 30.

German Ambassador to Russia Knows How to Break Through the Iron Curtain

It is hard to imagine Rüdiger von Fritsch, a distinguished ambassador in his seventh decade, ever having been a hitchhiker. But that is exactly where his path to diplomacy started.

No, You Apologize: Russia and Turkey Struggle to Mend Fences

Eight months after the dramatic falling out with Russia, the Turkish elite is sending mixed messages.

Suicide Watch: Why Russian Teens Are Killing Themselves

Over the course of six months, 130 teenagers were reported to have killed themselves under the influence of suicide masterminds operating within the social network VKontakte.

Ready, Steady, Dope: Russian Elite Sport in Deep Trouble

The cocktail already has a name — the "Rodchenkov." Its standard base is three shots of different steroids; the variable part is the alcohol mixer (the men get whiskey and the women, Martini).

'Absurd, Groundless, Defamatory': Russia Reacts to NYT Doping Allegations

Top Russian officials and athletes have denied the existence of a state-sponsored doping program at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In the Flesh: Russian Scientists Work to Preserve Lenin's Corpse

He lies in a glass sarcophagus. Dressed in an austere black suit, Vladimir Lenin, the first Soviet leader, looks, on first impressions, to be sleeping.

Former Prime Minister Kasyanov Stifled by Both Kremlin and Allies

Sitting on a deep leather sofa in his office, Mikhail Kasyanov looks much like he always has. There's the same no-nonsense demeanor, the expensive suit and his smooth, deep voice.

Pulitzer Winner Warns News 'Losing to Kittens and Boobs'

Sergey Ponomarev, Russia’s Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, on competing with entertainment and people’s ignorance.

The Savchenko Endgame: Will Prisoner Exchange Happen in Time?

A long-anticipated prisoner exchange involving Nadiya Savchenko and Oleg Sentsov is in the works. The question is: will it happen in time?

Navalny to Sue Media Holding VGTRK Over Browder-Link Accusations

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is set to file a lawsuit against state-owned television and radio company VGTRK in connection with the film that links him to a British-American investor William Browder.

Why Panama Papers are Unlikely to Trouble Russian Officials

The Panama leaks exposed much about Russian officials' unsavory offshore lives, but is unlikely to cause any immediate trouble for them. At least for now.

Boxing In Unwanted Children: Controversial Scheme Divides Russia

Nina (not her real name) was desperate when she opened the box and placed her one-year-old son inside. Months earlier, her husband had left her, and now he was nowhere to be seen.

The Waiting Game: Savchenko Convicted, What Is Next?

In eight days, the Ukrainian servicewoman Nadezhda Savchenko will be transferred to a penal colony to begin serving a 22-year sentence.

The People vs. Nadezhda Savchenko: Highlights of the Notorious Case

The Donetsk municipal court in southern Russia has begun the sentencing of Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who has been on trial on charges of abetting the killing of two Russian journalists.

Kadyrov to Get Another Term, Say Kremlin Sources (Exclusive)

Barely a month has gone by without a controversy involving Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Happy to Be a Weapon: Russian Prank-Callers Target Kremlin Opponents

Pranksters Vovan and Lexus hit headlines with fake Poroshenko-Savchenko letter.

Poroshenko's Letter Urging Savchenko to End Hunger Strike Fake

Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has stopped her hunger strike. However, the letter from Ukrainian President urging her to stop the hunger strike was a fake planted by the Kremlin, the lawyers claim.

Like, Share, Convict: Russian Authorities Target Social Media Users

Since Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012, dozens of websites have been blocked and branded "extremist," and the number of people prosecuted has ballooned.

Five Days and Counting: Savchenko's Hunger Strike Enters Critical Phase

Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko's last words in court were short and sharp. "If you wanted to show how Russians were fascists, you've done well," she said.

Deadly Explosions Raise Questions over Russian Mining Safety

Sergei (not his real name) was more than 700 meters underground when the blast came. The next thing he knew, he was lying on the ground, dizzy and disorientated.

Russian Opposition Battles Fear, Disunity Following Nemtsov’s Death

Ilya Yashin was in the middle of a press conference presenting a special report on the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, when a police officer tried to force everyone to leave the building.

Standing Up for Reason: Russian Academia Fights Pseudoscience

A woman named Nikol looks to the camera, wiping away the tears of happiness. She has reason to be happy, having navigated through to the next round of the Russian television show "Battle of the Psychics."