Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova is a Bulgarian journalist covering the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Russia

The death of the Russian far right

How the Kremlin destroyed the far right in Russia, while backing it in the West.

The death of the Russian far right

Europe

White and red: Tales from the Russian Revolution

Two men chose opposing sides in the events 1917. Their decisions changed forever the lives of their families.

White and red: Tales from the Russian Revolution

Arts & Culture

Matilda: A tale of Tsar-crossed lovers

Controversy has surrounded a state-sponsored film about the romance between Tsar Nicholas II and a teenage ballerina.

Matilda: A tale of Tsar-crossed lovers

Europe

When a Russian loves a Ukrainian

A film and a real-life story highlight the very different reactions of the Kremlin to a Russian-Ukrainian love affair.

When a Russian loves a Ukrainian

Russia

Keeping Boris Nemtsov's memory alive

Meet the men and women keeping a 24-hour vigil on the spot where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed.

Keeping Boris Nemtsov's memory alive

ISIS

What will happen to post-ISIL Raqqa?

After four-month battle, Syrian Democratic Forces say Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters are defeated.

What will happen to post-ISIL Raqqa?

ISIS

MAPPED: The battle against ISIL

In the past year and a half, ISIL's territory has been shrinking steadily.

MAPPED: The battle against ISIL

Europe

Russian opposition holds rallies on Putin's birthday

Events supporting opposition leader Alexei Navalny drew thousands of protesters in cities across the country.

Russian opposition holds rallies on Putin's birthday

Russia

Moscow denies ISIL captives are Russian soldiers

President's office cautions against reports but says will check whether captives in Deir Az Zor are Russian citizens.

Moscow denies ISIL captives are Russian soldiers

War & Conflict

Do Russians care about Syria?

Two years into the Russian intervention in Syria, we ask what Russians think of the war.

Do Russians care about Syria?

Europe

In praise of the AK-47: Russia unveils statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov

Russia celebrates the assault rifle inventor with a dedicated monument in the capital, Moscow.

In praise of the AK-47: Russia unveils statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov

ISIS

How many bombs are dropped on Raqqa daily?

Since the start of the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIL, an estimated 400 civilians have been killed.

How many bombs are dropped on Raqqa daily?