Articles by Eva Hartog



Partisans or Cop Killers? The Fight for Justice in Russia's Far East

An unsteady, homemade video catches an unmistakable look of triumph on the face of Andrei Sukhorada.

How Russia's Electronic Music Scene Turned Political After Outline Blow

Dmitry Puzyryovsky, 27, was ready to rave. Part of a group of ten friends, he had tickets to the Outline 2016 electronic music festival in Moscow on July 2.

Why Russia's Prisma App Could Take Over the World

"It looks like we've taken Russia." These are not the words of Napoleon. 

Who is Mr Mutko, Russia's Embattled Sports Minister?

For Russia’s sports minister, 2016 is likely to go down as the most turbulent year of his life — and that is saying something.

Brought to Heel - Russian Women, Stilettos and Stereotypes

When, last month, a girl in Canada shared a photo on social media of her bloodied feet after a work shift in heels as a waitress, it triggered a wave of condemnation in the West.

Moscow's Awkward Response to the Orlando Shooting

A day after the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, Felix Glykman and his boyfriend went to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. They were carrying with them a sign saying "Love Wins."

The Curse of Vladivostok's Crooked Mayors

Igor Pushkaryov had just under nine hours to contemplate his sudden change in fortune — the time it takes to fly to Moscow from Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

A Russian Rich Kid's Joyride to Jail

When the son of a top Russian oil executive recorded a multi-hour chase with Russian traffic police, he thought it would bring him social media stardom.

Why Are Cossacks Making A Comeback in Russia?

At Moscow's Kazachya Lavka, or Cossack Store, you don't need to be rich to be a Cossack. Their fake-fur version of the famous red papakha hat will set you back about $10.

Live Blog: Pilot Nadiya Savchenko Returns Home to Ukraine

Following months of negotiations, Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko is on her way back to Ukraine as part of a dramatic prisoner swap, media reported Wednesday.

Deadly Moscow Cemetery Feud Raises Concern of Return to 90s

It could have been a scene straight out of The Sopranos. On Saturday, 15 cars rocked up to the Khovanskoye cemetery on the southwestern outskirts of Moscow.

Russia Loses to Ukraine in 'Politicized' Eurovision Final

Ukraine came first in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, in a defeat for Russia that many in Moscow claim is more connected to geopolitics than its candidate's performance.

Jailed for Protesting Against the Kremlin — Life 4 Years After Bolotnaya

The lights went out without so much as a flicker in the Moscow apartment shared by Andrei Barabanov, his mother and girlfriend one evening in late May four years ago. 

From Sore Loser to Slated Winner: Russia's Eurovision Victory

Russia's candidate at this year's Eurovision Festival is arguably being more successful at building bridges than its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Neither Pro-Kremlin Pundits Nor Opposition Safe From Hackers

It was 2:25 a.m. on Friday when the SMS function on Oleg Kozlovsky's mobile phone was silently disabled. 15 minutes later, an unknown device requested access to Kozlovsky's account on Telegram.

Controversial Ex-General Appointed to Defend Russia's Human Rights

The appointment of former police general to a key human rights post has been labelled a "catastrophe" by activists.

Is Critical Media Reason for Attacks on Russian Billionaire Prokhorov?

Dmitry Kiselyov, the notorious Kremlin propagandist, gives the camera time to zoom in on the RBC newspaper he has just plucked from a nearby table in a casual, but evidently rehearsed, gesture.

Was a St. Petersburg Journalist Brutally Killed for Being Gay?

It was clear something was afoot with Dmitry Tsilikin. There had been no news from the journalist since he had returned from a work trip to Riga on March 26. 

A Kremlin Youth Movement Goes Rogue

Dmitry Chugunov has all the characteristics of a Kremlin golden boy. Sitting in a shiny office at Russia’s Public Chamber building in central Moscow, the 30-year-old is an example of ruddy physical health.

Russia Wins Silent Victory Against Ukraine With Dutch 'No' Vote

The Netherlands awoke to a post-election hangover dominated by questions over how to interpret the results of a plebiscite in which an overwhelming majority of voters opposed a trade deal between the EU and Ukraine.

Russian Bear Looms Over Dutch Referendum

Dutch referendum heavily influenced by anti-European and pro-Russian lobbies may seal the fate of Ukraine's EuroMaidan revolution.

Russia vs. Scientology: Kremlin Cracks Down on Controversial Church

A Russian radio engineer brought the Church of Scientology to Russia in the 1990s, but now the Orthodox Church and the court system are using any means necessary to bring it down.

Dreams in Isolation: Crimea 2 Years After Annexation

The soldiers carry assault rifles and stand guard, some of them wearing black balaclavas to protect their faces. No more than 100 meters and a bridge separate them from the nearest Ukrainian positions.

How Telegram Became the Durov Brothers' Weapon Against Surveillance

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, Pavel Durov looked like a man in control.

Moscow Fights Civil Disobedience With a Spray Can

There is a thriving group of graffiti and street artists who use Moscow as their canvas to spread social and political messages.

Munich Security Conference: Talking Peace, Russian Style

When Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took to the stage at the Munich security conference, he left no doubt as to who had sent him.

UN Says Russia Knows Who's Behind Syria Hospital Strikes

United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville has said that the deadly air strikes on several hospitals and schools in northern Syria on Monday could constitute a war crime.

Russian Women — They're Just Not That Into You

When Russia plunged into chaos following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of its citizens looked for a reliable way out — foreigners were viewed as a bridge to the "civilized" West.

Moscow City Hall Set to Extend Bulldozing Plan

The wave of demolitions that swept through the Russian capital on Monday night is only the beginning of a crackdown that could see more than 200 structures razed to the ground.

What Do Russians Really Think? The Truth Behind the Polls

The champagne corks were already popping for New Year's Eve celebrations when several thousand Crimeans received an unexpected phone call.