In late December, it will be one year since Moscow detained U.S. citizen Paul Whelan on espionage charges. During his 11 months in the infamous Lefortovo prison, Whelan has denied the allegations and complained of systematic mistreatment. His family in the U.S. is working to bring the former Marine home. Yulia Savchenko met with Whelan's sister, Elizabeth, in Washington to get the latest on the case.
A month after the nuclear explosion in the White Sea in Russia, almost no information has been offered by the Russian authorities on what happened and whether the danger of the nuclear fallout still persists. Activists and scientists are struggling to get answers. VOA's Yulia Savchenko reports from Moscow on the concerns that are being fueled by the secrecy.
In Russia, elections are Sept. 8 for municipal and Duma deputies and regional governors. The vote was preceded by months of protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Authorities used different tactics to prevent the spread of discontent around the country and contain any opposition. Yulia Savchenko reports from Moscow on how authorities attempted to keep the unrest from spreading, and the strategies used by protesters to sidestep the suppression.
In Russia, countrywide celebrations have been held to mark the 350th anniversary of the national flag. Yet, only 50 percent of respondents polled in a recent survey could correctly name the sequence of the colors on the flag. Russia recently saw a surge of patriotic celebrations orchestrated by local and federal authorities. Yulia Savchenko has more from Moscow on the state-promoted events.
One topic at the just-concluded G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, was U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be invited to the next summit in 2020, to be held in the U.S. Russia was forced out from the group of industrialized leaders because of its 2014 annexation of Crimea. Now the prospect of Russian President Vladimir Putin being invited to next year's conference has received a lukewarm reception in Moscow. More from Yulia Savchenko in the Russian capital.
Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen whom Russia accuses of being a spy, will remain in custody while Russian authorities continue their investigation of the former U.S. Marine. Whelan, his family and the United States believe the charges are baseless. Yulia Savchenko reports from Moscow.
Russian politicians are accusing the United States of trying to interfere in Moscow's upcoming elections by helping to organize mass rallies, a charge the U.S. denies. Parliament members meeting this week have formed a committee to investigate to investigate foreign meddling, as Yulia Savchenko reports from Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is marking his 20th year in power this August, a period divided between his first presidency from 1999 to 2008, then holding the position of prime minister for four years before becoming president again in 2012.
Russia's growing number of political rallies are drawing many young people who - until now - had largely ignored politics. VOA's Yulia Savchenko in Moscow says a lack of economic opportunities and - lately - images of police brutality against demonstrators are among the reasons why Russian youth are joining the rallies.