Rory Challands

Rory Challands

Rory Challands is a journalist based in London who has experience working for some of the UK's most respected broadcasters.

Syria's Civil War

Turkey, Russia: Anger over US backing of Kurdish forces

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that the formation of a zone controlled by US-backed fighters could lead to the partition of Syria.

Turkey, Russia: Anger over US backing of Kurdish forces

Russia

Super Putin: Russian president expected to win election

An exhibition lauding Russia's president opened days after Putin made the widely expected announcement that he was to run for president in this year’s elections.

Super Putin: Russian president expected to win election

Russia

2018 Look ahead: Countdown to the World Cup in Russia

Al Jazeera looks ahead with a report from Russia as the country gears up to host the World Cup next summer.

2018 Look ahead: Countdown to the World Cup in Russia

Europe

Russian opposition leader Navalny files presidential candidacy

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has submitted the documentation needed to run against Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential election.

Russian opposition leader Navalny files presidential candidacy

Nuclear weapons

Russia nuclear stockpile is world's largest

Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons and there is concern the country isn't in a rush to reduce its arsenal.

Russia nuclear stockpile is world's largest

Russia

Vladimir Putin signs bill targeting foreign media

Law condemned by rights groups classifies international media organisations as 'foreign agents'.

Vladimir Putin signs bill targeting foreign media

Space

Six scientists in a pod: 17 days on a simulated space mission

Six scientists are spending the next 17 days locked inside a pod in the Russian capital, Moscow, in an experiment that tests the psychological effects of a mission into deep space.

Six scientists in a pod: 17 days on a simulated space mission

Europe

Kremlin unease marks centennial of 1917 Bolshevik revolution

Celebrating the Bolshevik revolution's 100th anniversary doesn't fit the modern Russian "stability" narrative.

Kremlin unease marks centennial of 1917 Bolshevik revolution

Europe

Russia's Putin to meet Siemens over Crimea turbine sales dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet Siemens and other German firms in Sochi. Siemens is set to start legal proceedings against Russia next week.

Russia's Putin to meet Siemens over Crimea turbine sales dispute

Europe

Estonians eye a digital future

Despite its small stature, Estonia has become one of the most advanced digital societies in the world.

Estonians eye a digital future

Europe

Estonians experiment with digital IDs

It has been called the most advanced digital society in the world. Estonia has led the way with ID cards, online voting and electronic government services, but with all this comes greater exposure to cyber attacks.

Estonians experiment with digital IDs

US & Canada

US actor Morgan Freeman's cameo against Russia draws criticism

The Kremlin says the US actor Morgan Freeman might be suffering from emotional strain after he appeared in a high-profile video accusing Russia of declaring war on the US.

US actor Morgan Freeman's cameo against Russia draws criticism