The facility featured two cells and what appeared to be a crematorium. Days after journalists asked officials about it, the entire structure was razed, sparking suspicion it was being used by organised crime with links to security services.
Dawn raids, Kafkaesque house arrests, ensuring articles are labelled with the words ‘FOREIGN AGENT’ in giant font – Russia is pulling out all the stops to clamp down on anything resembling independent media.
The iconic Hollywood action star has been an acquaintance of Vladimir Putin for years. Now he's fighting for the environment in the bullring of Russian politics.
VICE World News uncovers evidence of Kremlin-backed gunmen gang-raping civilians in the Central African Republic and hiring hit squads to take out torture victims so their crimes are not exposed.
The Russian president, never shy to pop his shirt off, has been vaccinated – but without photographers present or saying which vaccine he received.
The Russian president added that he wished Biden ‘good health,’ which of course isn't ominous at all.
Russia's second-most famous political prisoner is an LGBTQ artist known for her body-positive cartoons. Supporters say her arrest has chilling implications for women's rights in the country.
Russia has arrested so many supporters of Alexei Navalny that Moscow’s jails are full, leading to people being held in filthy conditions in overcrowded detention centres.
As the judge read out his sentence in a Moscow court, opposition leader Alexei Navalny drew a heart on the glass of his cage for his wife.
Anastasia Vasilyeva, an ally of Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, was detained by police, but not before she'd finished playing Beethoven.