Madeline Roache

Madeline Roache

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

Hungary

Hungary's PM Orban gets sweeping powers to tackle coronavirus

Nationalist gov't says emergency powers necessary in crisis but critics fear open-ended rules are vulnerable to abuse.

Hungary's PM Orban gets sweeping powers to tackle coronavirus

Coronavirus pandemic

In the UK, an outbreak of kindness and charity as virus spreads

As vulnerable people self-isolate amid the health crisis, volunteer groups and businesses provide essential support.

In the UK, an outbreak of kindness and charity as virus spreads

Lithuania

Lithuania fights info war as it marks independence anniversary

Thirty years after independence from Soviet Union, some in Lithuania fight new battle to fend off Russian influence.

Lithuania fights info war as it marks independence anniversary

Brexit

After years of political drama, UK finally set to leave EU

The UK is set to leave the EU at 23:00 GMT on Friday, ending its 47-year membership, and enter a transition period.

After years of political drama, UK finally set to leave EU

NATO

Protesters rally against Trump as NATO leaders meet queen

Crowds vent fury over increased defence spending, nuclear weapon development and US leader's influence on UK politics.

Protesters rally against Trump as NATO leaders meet queen

Russia

The little-known story of Russia's worst sporting tragedy

On October 20, 1982, football fans were crushed to death at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, an event the Soviets censored.

The little-known story of Russia's worst sporting tragedy

Poland

As populists hold on to power in Poland, press freedom fears rise

Journalists are worried about the ruling PiS party's vague pre-election pledge to usher in 'new media order'.

As populists hold on to power in Poland, press freedom fears rise

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