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.

Europe

Russian prisons: Human rights in the spotlight

While the World Cup is cause for much excitement, not everyone is celebrating.

Russian prisons: Human rights in the spotlight

Europe

World Cup 2018: Russia aims to put on a show for fans

Moscow is set to host the biggest single-sport competition in the world, starting on June 14.

World Cup 2018: Russia aims to put on a show for fans

Europe

President Putin holds his annual 'direct line' appearance

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held his annual 'direct line' TV appearance. People from across the country call, write or send videos asking a myriad of different questions which he then answers.

President Putin holds his annual 'direct line' appearance

Russia

Putin speaks to Russian nation for 16th time in yearly televised address

For hours, Russian president answers emails, texts, and calls from ordinary citizens solidifying his macho image.

Putin speaks to Russian nation for 16th time in yearly televised address

Journalism

Russian journalist Babchenko reveals details of his fake death

It's not the pig's blood used to stage the murder of Arkady Babchenko in Ukraine that journalists' organisations are worried will sully the profession.

Russian journalist Babchenko reveals details of his fake death

Europe

Putin opens Russia-Crimea bridge: 'A miracle has happened'

Bridge across Kerch strait hailed as 'construction of the century', tightening Russia's hold over the contested peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Putin opens Russia-Crimea bridge: 'A miracle has happened'

Europe

Middle East tensions at heart of Netanyahu's visit to Moscow

Benjamin Netanyahu has visited Russia to talk to Vladimir Putin about Israeli interventions in Syria and concerns about Iran.

Middle East tensions at heart of Netanyahu's visit to Moscow

Europe

In Putin's Russia, Alexei Navalny's message strikes a chord

Fearless rebel finds receptive audience among those sick of corruption and fed up with the president's tough long rule.

In Putin's Russia, Alexei Navalny's message strikes a chord

Syria's War

UN tries to restart Syria talks after regime advances

A week after US missile attacks on Syria, the conflict between the US and Russia appears to have calmed, but rebel enclaves continue to fall to the Assad regime as the UN pushes for peace talks.

UN tries to restart Syria talks after regime advances

Russia

Funerals for Russia mall fire victims as many seek answers

Funerals are being held for some of the victims of a fire at a shopping centre in Kemerovo, Siberia, on Sunday. It is a day of national mourning in Russia to remember the 64 victims - 41 of whom were children.

Funerals for Russia mall fire victims as many seek answers

Europe

Protests held as anger mounts over Kemerovo fire

Crowds of angry protesters gathered in Siberian city to denounce Russian officials over shopping centre fire that killed at least 64 people, 41 of them children.

Protests held as anger mounts over Kemerovo fire

Skripal poisoning

UK-Russia tension: British diplomats leave Moscow

Russia and the UK have exchanged diplomatic expulsions in response to the Sergei Skripal poisoning, as Theresa May attempts to persuade the EU of Russian responsibility for the incident.

UK-Russia tension: British diplomats leave Moscow