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Rory Challands

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

Europe

Kremlin seeks to connect with web-savvy young citizens

Russia's government has long relied on state-controlled TV to get its message across to citizens. But it is finding that connecting with young Russians in today's internet-dominated world is increasingly difficult.

Russia

President Putin trolled on live television call-in show

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in his annual live phone-in show. This is a show where he takes questions from members of the public. But this year, questions texted in were flashed up on the screen in real time.

Middle East

Russia appears reluctant to choose sides over Qatar-GCC rift

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says dialogue will solve the diplomatic crisis dividing the Gulf Arab nations.

Europe

Russia’s annual economic forum attracts US businesses

Thousands of international business leaders are in St Petersburg for the second day of Russia's annual economic forum. In the past, US officials advised firms to stay away from the event, but no such cautions were issued this year.

Middle East

Russia launches cruise missiles at ISIL targets in Syria

Russia has fired four cruise missiles at ISIL targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra. They were fired from a Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.

Europe

Russia: Number of people killed in Moscow's storm rises to 16

Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a freak storm that battered the Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday. Many victims were hit by falling branches and debris from buildings.

Europe

Russian theme park re-enacts World War II

A military theme park in Russia has rewound the clock back to 1945, re-enacting the events of World War II.

Europe

Russia bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia's Supreme Court has ruled Jehovah's Witnesses an 'extremist' group. This will effectively shut the organisation down at the national and regional level, and the government will seize their assets.

Europe

Beslan school siege: Russia 'failed to prevent' 2004 massacre

Russia says it will appeal against a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that said the government failed to prevent the 2004 Beslan school massacre.

Europe

Massive 'anti-terrorism' rally held in Moscow

In Moscow, thousands turned out at an 'anti-terrorism' rally. Russian police say they've found explosives similar to those used in a suicide attack this week on the St Petersburg metro.

Russia

Kyrgyzstan identifies St Petersburg metro blast suspect

Kyrgyzstan's intelligence agency has identified a suspect in the attack on St Petersburg’s subway system. Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded in the blast. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from St Petersburg.

Europe

Flight attendants sue Aeroflot for beauty discrimination

A number of flight attendants of the Russian airline Aeroflot are suing the company over discrimination for not meeting unrealistic aesthetic standards.