Madeline Roache

Madeline Roache

Madeline Roache is a London-based freelance journalist, focusing on human rights in the former Soviet Union.

Ukraine

Should the Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap be viewed with caution?

Activists and analysts warn against interpreting recent prisoner exchange as a Russian bid for peace.

Should the Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap be viewed with caution?

Russia

Why does Alexei Navalny rattle the Kremlin?

Opposition figure and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin commands strong following among young Russians.

Why does Alexei Navalny rattle the Kremlin?

The Far Right

Why is the violent far right still able to organise online?

It's been eight years since Anders Breivik, who received and spread violent ideas online, carried out the Norway attack.

Why is the violent far right still able to organise online?

Turkmenistan

Hyperinflation and hunger: Turkmenistan on 'edge of catastrophe'

Gas-rich Turkmenistan facing worst economic crisis in 30 years, coupled with rights concerns, UK think-tank reports.

Hyperinflation and hunger: Turkmenistan on 'edge of catastrophe'

Europe

The battle to stay alive as a female journalist

Nobel laureates and prominent campaigners call for action 10 years after Chechen reporter Natalia Estemirova was killed.

The battle to stay alive as a female journalist

LGBT

London pride march draws thousands as homophobic hate crimes rise

Activists say widening acceptance of LGBT people stands in sharp contrast to rise in hate crimes against the community.

London pride march draws thousands as homophobic hate crimes rise

China

Tiananmen Square protests and China's fight for internet control

Since President Xi took power in 2012, China has launched an unprecedented crackdown on online freedom.

Tiananmen Square protests and China's fight for internet control

Venezuela

Sanctions, Venezuela, and US intentions

US says it wants to restore democracy, but critics argue Washington is worsening Venezuela's humanitarian crisis.

Sanctions, Venezuela, and US intentions

Afghanistan

Algerian who fought beside bin Laden: 'I wanted to help Muslims'

Former fighter Abdullah Anas says it is important to separate between post 9/11 'jihadism' and concept of 'jihad'.

Algerian who fought beside bin Laden: 'I wanted to help Muslims'

Russia

What Russia stands to lose in Venezuela

While the US pushes to drive Venezuela's Maduro from power, Russia vows to continue supporting it's 'strategic partner'.

What Russia stands to lose in Venezuela

Vladimir Putin

Poll shows Russia's trust in Vladimir Putin falls to all-time low

Ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria have led to a dramatic drop in the popularity of the Russian president.

Poll shows Russia's trust in Vladimir Putin falls to all-time low

Ukraine

Kateryna Handziuk: Ukraine activist, 33, dies from acid attack

Handziuk had recently called on the government to probe attacks on activists as she tried to recover in hospital.

Kateryna Handziuk: Ukraine activist, 33, dies from acid attack