Also by Yulia Paramonova
December 28, 2022
'Sitting In A Concrete Box': Russian Man In Kyiv Shares Ukrainians' Hardships And Hopes
A 36-year-old Russian blogger lives in a Kyiv high-rise, enduring bombardment, blackouts, and freezing cold together with other residents of the Ukrainian capital. He fights back by helping the elderly, delivering groceries where they are needed, and gathering money to help people rebuild.
December 26, 2022
'Radio Vovan': Russian Gets Prison Sentence For Broadcasting 'Fake' News Of Moscow's Ukraine Invasion
A Russian man who has broadcast news contradicting the official Kremlin narrative about Russia’s full invasion of Ukraine has been sentenced to three years in a penal colony for spreading “false news” about the Russian Army.
March 02, 2022
'An Economic Target': Russia's Kaliningrad Exclave Confronts New Levels Of Isolation
With European countries closing their airspace and ratcheting up other sanctions against Russia over its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, residents of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad -- geographically encircled by EU members Lithuania and Poland -- are bracing for serious economic pain.
October 28, 2021
As COVID-19 Rages In Russia, Kaliningrad Buckles Under 'Catastrophic' Shortage Of Ambulance Staff
As Russia grapples with a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exclave of Kaliningrad is facing a shortage of ambulance staff that has left people waiting days for emergency medical aid. Paramedics have been resigning in massive numbers because of unbearable workloads and declining pay.
May 16, 2021
'I'm Not Afraid For Myself': Determined Pensioners Risk It All For Russia's Pro-Democracy Movement
Young people have grabbed most of the attention in Russia's pro-democracy protest movement. But a few resolute pensioners have joined their ranks. “I live by the principle: Do what you must and come what may,” one elderly activist said.
August 06, 2020
Cooking The Numbers? Locals In Russia's Kaliningrad Say Coronavirus Testing Stopped In Bid To Show Fewer Cases
Hospitals in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad have all but stopped testing for coronavirus infections as officials report a steady decline in new cases. Locals say the government is doing everything to create the impression that the pandemic is under control in order to reopen the economy.
April 19, 2020
'It's Easy To Ruin Someone's Life': Kaliningrad Case Revives Discussion Of Russia's Fake Drug Prosecutions
A criminal case has been opened against an undisclosed number of police officers in the Russian city of Kaliningrad for allegedly fabricating a drug-possession case to inflate their performance on the job. Rights advocates say the case reflects a widespread police practice of planting drugs and fabricating criminal claims for a variety of nefarious reasons.
March 16, 2020
With COVID-19, Russia's Kaliningrad Exclave Finds Itself Even More Isolated
Residents of the small Russian exclave of Kaliningrad will have to get used to a new level of isolation as neighboring Poland and Lithuania have ordered their borders closed to combat the new coronavirus pandemic in Europe. For people who travel to the European Union more often than to what they call "big Russia," the coming weeks -- or more -- present challenges.
February 01, 2020
Another Brick From The Wall: Russian Enthusiasts Fight To Save Kaliningrad's Historic Buildings
Last year, about 35 venerable stone and brick buildings were destroyed in Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad. In the decades since the former East Prussia was annexed by the Soviet Union, its centuries-old German heritage has been melting away -- and in the case of physical structures, disappearing brick by brick.
March 05, 2019
Bitter Medicine: Doctors Give Bad Marks To Russian Program To Boost Rural Health Care
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called for an expansion of the government's Rural Doctor program. But many doctors say the program isn't working and are opting out, while others have clashed with local officials who are trying to take back money allocated under the scheme.
December 15, 2018
Don't Look Back: De-Germanification Campaign In Russia's Kaliningrad
Officials and state-friendly media in the western Russian exclave of Kaliningrad have been waging a campaign against historians and museums in what appears to be an effort to erase the region's long German history.