Madeline Roache

Madeline Roache

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

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

Religion

Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople over Ukraine

The Constantinople Patriarchate's recognition of Ukraine's Orthodox Church as independent leads to Russia cutting ties.

Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople over Ukraine

Ukraine

Ukraine's 'baby factories': The human cost of surrogacy

After India, Nepal and Thailand banned surrogacy, Ukraine soaks up demand. But women on both sides report exploitation.

Ukraine's 'baby factories': The human cost of surrogacy

Ukraine

Sex workers failed by state seek safety in online networks

As police are accused of corruption and bribery against sex workers, women take to the internet to share advice.

Sex workers failed by state seek safety in online networks

Hungary

Hungary: Thousands protest in Budapest against PM Orban

Demonstrations in Budapest reveal deep dissatisfaction with newly elected government of Hungarian PM Viktor Orban.

Hungary: Thousands protest in Budapest against PM Orban

Ukraine

Women with HIV abused by partners, rejected by society

Shunned by relatives, doctors and the community, Ukrainian women struggle to survive and protect their children.

Women with HIV abused by partners, rejected by society

Human Rights

Is Soviet-era punitive psychiatry making a return?

More than 30 cases of the practice of sending political foes to psychiatric hospitals have been documented since 2012.

Is Soviet-era punitive psychiatry making a return?