Navalny backers see cautionary tale in Russian raids on Jehovah’s Witnesses


The decision by a Moscow court to declare Alexei Navalny’s nationwide political organisation as “extremist” adds the group to a list associated with terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State. But for a guide to how Russia could treat Navalny’s supporters, a better example is the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a non-violent religious group that has … Read more

The 150km Velikoretsky procession – in pictures


Pilgrims take part in the Velikoretsky procession, one of the largest in Russia, held from 3-8 June every year to venerate the icon of St Nicholas discovered, as legend has it, on the bank of the Velikaya River in the 14th century. The route, from Kirov to the village of Velikoretskoye and back, measures a … Read more