Lyudmila Savitskaya is a correspondent for the North Desk of RFE/RL's Russian Service.
Also by Lyudmila Savitskaya
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.
June 14, 2020
Tick, Tick, Boom: After Fires, Floods, And COVID-19, Siberia's Latest Scourge Really Bites
Authorities in the large Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk may declare a state of emergency to combat an unprecedented plague of ticks and the illnesses they transmit to humans. Reported tick bites are up fourfold so far this year, a boom experts attribute to a mild winter, an early spring, and a government preoccupied with COVID-19. Even worse, locals are reporting shortages of the medicine used to reduce the risk of tick-borne infections, and scientists are tracking a hybrid tick that could be an even more daunting foe.
November 10, 2018
Christmas Lights And Pitchforks: Terrified Russian Villagers Try To Keep Encroaching Wolves At Bay
Wolves have been a growing problem in remote parts of Russia's Pskov Oblast. Already this year, dozens of dogs have been killed, and villagers are afraid to leave their homes after dark.