Georgii Chentemirov

Harassment on social media, mass denunciations, apologies on camera, expulsion from educational institutions – the political scene in the Arkhangelsk region has been cleared with special care. As a result, some ended up in prison, others were forced to leave the country, and some began to actively “cooperate with the investigation”. The Barents Observer collected testimonies from activists who spoke about “setups” by university professors, threats of conscription, a strange FSB officer who introduced himself by various names, and many other tricks that were used against activists and journalists.
September 05, 2023
Konstantin Prikhodchenko and Arsentiy Bondarev, who killed two residents of Lovozero, Murmansk region in 2020, returned home without serving even a small portion of their sentence. Victims’ families are now afraid of revenge.
August 15, 2023
Igor Sofonov, a career criminal from the north Russian region of Karelia, is suspected of killing six residents of the village of Derevyannoye near Petrozavodsk. The Barents Observer has established that Sofonov fought in the Luhansk region of Ukraine in 2022.
August 02, 2023
The Russian Pasvik Nature Reserve has calculated that the animals caused significant damage to the protected nature area. The amount of compensation is comparable to what oil companies pay for large leaks.
July 28, 2023
Assistance to the “sponsored” republics, payments to the mobilized and their families and the purchase of housing for Ukrainian refugees make up an incomplete list of expenses incurred by Russian regions because of the war in Ukraine. The Barents Observer has calculated that the northern regions earmark hundreds of millions of rubles in their deficit budgets for the “special military operation”.
July 25, 2023
On July 14, the State Duma of Russia adopted a law banning “sex change”. When it comes into force, medical professionals will be banned from any gender changing intervention. People will lose the ability to change documents according to their identity. Trans persons will be prohibited from taking custody of children, and if a spouse changes their gender, the marriage will be annulled. The Barents Observer talked to trans people about how they’re going to live from now on.
July 23, 2023
June 23 and 24 will be remembered in Russia as the days of a military mutiny and an attempt by the head of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin to carry out a coup. Despite this, ordinary life went on in the regions, and concerts, graduation parties and other festivities were held in many cities. We talked with residents of the northern regions and found out what people were talking about during and after the mercenary army’s march towards Moscow.
June 29, 2023
Despite Yevgeny Prigozhin's attempted coup, his mercenary group has not halted its efforts to draft men in Russian regions.
June 26, 2023
No war crimes against civilians, Andrei Medvedev claims: “No Wagner fighters allowed themselves to do something illegal. If this had happened, this man would be shot right on the spot.”
June 23, 2023
Vladimir Lyubarsky intends to join a Chechen battalion known for its war crimes and extreme brutality in the onslaught on the neighbouring country.
June 19, 2023