Dariya Ali-zade is a correspondent for Current Time, the Russian-language network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA.
Also by Dariya Ali-zade
December 26, 2021
Repression, Exile, And A Nobel Prize: 2021 Was A Tough Year For Russian Media
Russian journalism experienced extreme highs and lows in the 2021: on the plus side, a Nobel Peace Prize for newspaper editor Dmitry Muratov. But the downside saw an escalating government crackdown on independent media.
November 22, 2021
'This Is A Love Story': 15 Years On, Litvinenko's Widow Refuses To Let The World Forget
Former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko died in London 15 years ago of radiation poisoning. His widow has been working ever since to make sure his life and murder are not forgotten.
October 22, 2021
'Sword Of Damocles': With First Legal Charges, Russia's 'Foreign Agent' Law Bares Its Teeth
The first administrative cases have been filed in Russia against individuals designated under the so-called "foreign agent" laws. People who have been targeted tell RFE/RL about the consequences of the designation, such as a treadmill of legal obligations and the constant threat of prosecution.
March 12, 2019
Russia Grapples With 'Whale Jail' Problem As Celebrities Appeal To Putin For Help
A government commission will decide whether to release dozens of beluga and killer whales whose captivity in tiny pens in the Russian Far East drew outrage from Moscow to Hollywood. Even animal rights activists are divided over the best way to return the animals to the wild.
December 21, 2018
Big Top Trouble: Famed Moscow Circus Cracks The Whip At Cirque Du Soleil
The director of one of Russia’s famed, state-funded circuses alleges that a plan to build a new arena on Moscow’s outskirts is an attempt by Cirque du Soleil to undermine the Russian circus. But the site's developer and Canada-based Cirque du Soleil deny the circus director's charges.