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.

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

Europe

Russia launches Zapad war games on Europe's borders

Russia and Belarus are holding large-scale joint military exercises, called Zapad (meaning 'West' in Russian), on NATO's eastern border.

Russia launches Zapad war games on Europe's borders

Europe

Russia eyes potential investors at Army 2017 weapons fair

Russia's second biggest defence contractor is celebrating a deal selling a minority stake in the company to investors from the Gulf. The cash injection is welcome in a country isolated from many traditional investment channels by US and EU sanction

Russia eyes potential investors at Army 2017 weapons fair

Europe

Crimea's Muslim Tatars allege systematic Russian oppression

The Muslim Tatar community in Crimea has suffered many hardships since Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014.

Crimea's Muslim Tatars allege systematic Russian oppression

Russia

28 countries take part in Russia’s Army Games

Participants from 28 countries are competing in Russia’s Army Games.

28 countries take part in Russia’s Army Games

Europe

US Vice President Pence: Russia seeks to divide Europe

US Vice President Mike Pence has criticised Russia as an "unpredictable threat" wanting to divide Europe by force.

US Vice President Pence: Russia seeks to divide Europe

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.

Kremlin seeks to connect with web-savvy young citizens

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.

President Putin trolled on live television call-in show

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.

Russia appears reluctant to choose sides over Qatar-GCC rift