An independent reporting project focusing on Ukrainian and Russian affairs
Author: Francesca Ebel
Francesca is a freelance reporter covering Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. Her work has been published in The Independent, The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, Kyiv Post and Channel News Asia. In 2015 she was runner-up in The Guardian's Student Multimedia Journalist of the Year award. She studies Russian and Ukrainian at Cambridge University where she founded The Nose project in April 2014.
In recent years, Vladimir Putin has come under fire for the homophobia in Russian society and politics – but what is life actually like for LGBT people in Russia? Has the media exaggerated the situation or is it more nuanced than we think?
The Nose travelled to Moscow to film a collection of personal vignettes from within the city’s LGBT community. We asked Anton Mukhin, an openly gay stylist, Karina Krasavina, founder of a lesbian party in Moscow and Ira Putilova, a political & LGBT activist who was given asylum in the UK – to share their thoughts and experiences.
By Francis Scarr It’s not something you’d expect to stumble across it in the heartland of industrial, orthodox Russia. But nestled at the summit of Mount Kachkanar in the Central Urals, lies the Shad Tchup Ling, a Buddhist monastery founded in 1995 by Lama Tenzin Dokshit – also known as Mikhail Sannikov. Following his religious… Continue reading Besieged Buddhist monastery in the Urals stands strong
February 27th 2016, marked exactly a year since Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition figure and Deputy Prime Minister under Yeltsin, was shot dead one winter evening on the threshold of the Kremlin. He had become an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin and at the time was compiling a report on the presence of Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine, something that the Kremlin vehemently denied at the time. On February 27th 2015, he walked out of the GUM department store on Red Square with his girlfriend and down onto the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge, overlooking the bright lights and domes of central Moscow. A car drew up alongside the couple and an unknown assailant shot Nemtsov four times in the back, killing him instantly.
His assassination shocked Russian society and was met with widespread international condemnation.
The Kremlin vowed to carry out a thorough investigation. Russian authorities soon charged Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadaev, both from the Northern Caucasus, with involvement in the murder. According to Russian authorities, Dadaev confessed to the crime, but apparently later retracted his statement. Three more suspects were arrested, with another, according to Russian media, blowing himself up in Grozny when Russian police surrounded his apartment block.
Since Nemtsov’s death, Muscovites have closely guarded a shrine of flowers and photographs to the politician on the bridge where he was killed. When authorities try to remove it, people only bring more flowers. Yesterday, on the anniversary of his death, thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow to keep his memory alive, marching for two hours and finishing at his final resting place.
The Nose attended the march to find out what Boris Nemtsov means to those marching and what his legacy means today.
By Francesca Ebel In the baking heat of the Eurasian steppe, a masked man waves a blue flag, a golden damğa emblazoned across it’s front. This is the flag of the Crimean Tatars, a Muslim minority native to the peninsula, who earlier this week – helped by various pro-Ukraine organisations including the nationalist Right Sector… Continue reading Why have the Crimean Tatars blockaded the peninsula?
Santiago de la Presilla travelled to Ukraine to find out about the hidden illness facing many Ukrainian soldiers returning from the front: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. He interviewed Roman Torgovitsky, founder of the organization Wounded Warrior Ukraine.
In March 2015, The Nose travelled to Sloviansk and other government-controlled areas of east Ukraine to find out what was being done to support those fleeing the fighting. With over 1 million displaced people now living across Ukraine, the humanitarian crisis worsens by the day, despite the fragile ceasefire. We talked to local volunteers, Western NGOs… Continue reading VIDEO: Forgotten People