More from: Democracy and Media

Ivan Pavlov believes in a new and beautiful Russia and says he will be "on the first flight home" as soon as the Putin regime falls. "We are optimists. Putin is not forever," the well-known human rights lawyer in exile says.
June 04, 2024
Yulia Navalnaya will accept an award on behalf of her late husband.
May 27, 2024
"I consider this label repressive. But I can say for sure that we will continue to work, whatever they call us," says Daria Poryadina, editor of the exile-Russian news outlet SOTA.
May 17, 2024
The Mayor of the Norwegian border town located few kilometers from Russia highlighted unity against totalitarianism and fight for freedom in his speech on Liberation and Veterans Day.
May 08, 2024
41-year-old video journalist Sergei Karelin was arrested on Friday, accused of extremism, allegedly because he had cooperated with Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation FBK.
April 28, 2024
Almost 75 percent of the votes cast in the border town of Kirkenes were for Vladimir Putin, figures from the Russian Election Commission show. In Barentsburg, Svalbard, the number reached 69 percent.
March 18, 2024
"I want to express my sympathy and support to the Russians that continue to dare to work for a different and better Russia," says Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.
March 18, 2024
The photo of the killed opposition leader is 'extremist material,' a court in the north Russian city decided.
March 15, 2024
"Anyone can become a target regardless of location," says Novaya Gazeta Europa editor Kirill Martynov after Navalny ally Leonid Volkov Tuesday evening was attacked with a hammer and tear gas outside his home in Lithuania.
March 13, 2024
Russia's chess icon Garry Kasparov was Wednesday added to the "terrorists and extremists" list compiled by Putin's regime.
March 06, 2024
On March 6 a city court in Moscow sentenced RusNews journalist Roman Ivanov to seven years in prison for violating the law on fake news about the Russian army.
March 06, 2024
The killing of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny prompted shock and grief among his supporters. Consul General Nikolai Konygin, however, got Navalny’s portrait out of sight when he one day before the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine hailed the country's "heroes".
February 23, 2024
Russian authorities are responsible for Aleksei Navalny's death, the Norwegian Prime Minister makes clear.
February 21, 2024
We knew it was a historic moment, says journalist Elizaveta Vereykina as she in January 2021 reported from the Berlin to Moscow flight in Aleksei Navalny's final hours in freedom.
February 17, 2024
Kremlin critics inside Russia and around the World blame Putin for the death of opposition activist Aleksei Navalny.
February 16, 2024
Russian prison services on Friday reported that the opposition politician died in the remote Arctic prison camp of Kharp.
February 16, 2024
The agreement with the "Defenders of the Fatherland" foundation was signed by Rector Elena Kudryashova with the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NARFU) in Arkhangelsk.
February 09, 2024
Voters in Finland head to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election important for the country’s foreign policy amid tensions with Russia.
January 28, 2024
The Barents Observer spoke to those collecting signatures for Boris Nadezhdin, the only Russian presidential candidate who promises to end the war in Ukraine and free political prisoners. The police are interested in activists, people travel from other cities to sign for Nadezhdin, and the procedure itself is called a legal way to protest against the war and the Putin regime.
January 25, 2024
Ruslan Akhmetshin, an activist and photographer from Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in October 2022, was released from prison on December 15. The reason for his conviction was several comments and shared posts on social media in which the activist did not agree that Victory Day is a holiday of fun. In an interview with The Barents Observer, Ruslan spoke about his feelings on his first day of freedom, prison life and plans for the future.
January 09, 2024
A resident of Karelia, who owed 169 rubles (€1,70) for utilities, was offered to go to the front.
January 02, 2024
"I would not want anyone to sit in that jail," a former inmate says of the far northern penal colony that now houses Russia's leading opposition politician.
December 27, 2023
Reports of serious threats to Russia are piling up in the wake of new legislation banning LGBT “propaganda”. The accused perpetrators include artists, Tolkien fans, and men eating ice cream. The denunciations would be laughable if they didn’t contribute to a growing atmosphere of confusion and mistrust, sometimes with dire consequences.
December 21, 2023
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is presented as enemy of Russia in bizarre propaganda exhibition onboard naval vessel Ivan Gren.
September 28, 2023