Also by Sania Yusupova
February 14, 2022
'An Explosive Situation': Open-Source Monitors Say Russia's Military Buildup Near Ukraine Is 'Unprecedented'
Moscow says it isn't "carrying out any unusual military activity." Analysts monitoring the buildup of forces on Russia's border with Ukraine disagree, saying the concentration of forces is "definitely not an exercise."
December 01, 2021
'I Don't Feel Safe Yet': Man Who Exposed Appalling COVID Hospital Conditions Explains Decision To Leave Russia
A man who described horrific conditions at a Siberian COVID-19 ward after donning scrubs to gain access and help his ailing grandmother has left Russia. In an interview from abroad, he says "reliable" sources advised that it would be "very dangerous" for him to remain in the country.
November 03, 2021
Bruises, Bedsores, Vomit, And Feces: Disguised As A Medic, Desperate Russian Enters COVID Ward To Comfort Dying Grandmother
For three days last month, a Russian man dressed up as a medic to enter the "red zone" of a COVID hospital after he learned that his severely ill grandmother was not being treated properly. When he was discovered, he was kicked out and accused him of "discrediting the Health Ministry."
October 17, 2021
'People Would Scream For Hours': Former Inmates Shed Light On Recent Russian Torture Revelations
Former inmates in Siberian prisons and remand facilities that featured prominently in a recent leak of graphic torture videos told RFE/RL's Siberia.Realities how prisoners are "worked over" to secure false testimony.
September 19, 2021
Cleaning Up Lake Baikal, One Tire At A Time
Russian blogger and diver Yegor Lesnoi has been cleaning at least half a ton of tires from the bottom of Lake Baikal for several years now. He tells RFE/RL's Siberia.Realities how he became a volunteer, cleaning not only the legendary lake's bottom, but the shore as well.
August 12, 2021
The Volunteer Army Battling Siberia's Record-Breaking Wildfires
When Siberia's wildfires first erupted in late June, Russia’s military sent heavy-lift transport planes to douse them. Now, volunteers fighting flames in a region known not for heat waves but for extreme cold are saying they’ve been left to fend for themselves amid minimal government help.
August 05, 2021
'Not Just Ordinary Hate': Russian LGBT Family Forced To Flee Country After Appearing In An Ad
A Russian grocery chain's effort to highlight "real families" appears to have gotten a little too real after negative feedback forced an LGBT family to flee the country after appearing in one of the store's "Recipe For Happiness" adverts.