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.

Nuclear weapons

Russia nuclear stockpile is world's largest

Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons and there is concern the country isn't in a rush to reduce its arsenal.

Russia nuclear stockpile is world's largest

Russia

Vladimir Putin signs bill targeting foreign media

Law condemned by rights groups classifies international media organisations as 'foreign agents'.

Vladimir Putin signs bill targeting foreign media

Space

Six scientists in a pod: 17 days on a simulated space mission

Six scientists are spending the next 17 days locked inside a pod in the Russian capital, Moscow, in an experiment that tests the psychological effects of a mission into deep space.

Six scientists in a pod: 17 days on a simulated space mission

Europe

Kremlin unease marks centennial of 1917 Bolshevik revolution

Celebrating the Bolshevik revolution's 100th anniversary doesn't fit the modern Russian "stability" narrative.

Kremlin unease marks centennial of 1917 Bolshevik revolution

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