Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova is a Bulgarian journalist covering the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Russia

Keeping Boris Nemtsov's memory alive

Meet the men and women keeping a 24-hour vigil on the spot where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed.

Keeping Boris Nemtsov's memory alive

ISIS

SDF captures Syria's Raqqa city from ISIL

After four-month battle, Syrian Democratic Forces say Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters are defeated.

SDF captures Syria's Raqqa city from ISIL

ISIS

MAPPED: The battle against ISIL

In the past year and a half, ISIL's territory has been shrinking steadily.

MAPPED: The battle against ISIL

Europe

Russian opposition holds rallies on Putin's birthday

Events supporting opposition leader Alexei Navalny drew thousands of protesters in cities across the country.

Russian opposition holds rallies on Putin's birthday

Russia

Moscow denies ISIL captives are Russian soldiers

President's office cautions against reports but says will check whether captives in Deir Az Zor are Russian citizens.

Moscow denies ISIL captives are Russian soldiers

War & Conflict

Do Russians care about Syria?

Two years into the Russian intervention in Syria, we ask what Russians think of the war.

Do Russians care about Syria?

Europe

In praise of the AK-47: Russia unveils statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov

Russia celebrates the assault rifle inventor with a dedicated monument in the capital, Moscow.

In praise of the AK-47: Russia unveils statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov

ISIS

How many bombs are dropped on Raqqa daily?

Since the start of the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIL, an estimated 400 civilians have been killed.

How many bombs are dropped on Raqqa daily?

Syria's Civil War

What will happen to Raqqa after ISIL?

As ISIL is being driven out of its de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa faces an uncertain future.

What will happen to Raqqa after ISIL?

Middle East

Syria's 'moderate rebels' to form a new alliance

US funding for rebel groups in northern Syria has been partially restored, opposition sources tell Al Jazeera.

Syria's  'moderate rebels' to form a new alliance

Syria's Civil War

The battle for Raqqa explained

Unless there is an effective transition of power and a legitimate government in place, ISIL will continue to exist.

The battle for Raqqa explained

Turkey

Displacement and insecurity in Diyarbakir

A year after major security operation against the PKK, the Sur district of Turkey's Diyarbakir is struggling to recover.

Displacement and insecurity in Diyarbakir