Jacob Greaves
Jacob Greaves is a reporter and broadcaster who’s spent four years in Russia. A keen blogger, he draws upon his experience covering elections, protests and politics, in Russia and the Eurozone, to offer his two cents.

Entries by Jacob Greaves

The Nazi Hunters

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (14:05)

Today Russia commemorates its victory over Nazi Germany. Moscow will see tanks parade down its streets and Crimea will witness planes fly above a watchful President Putin.

But everywhere Russians still see Nazis.

Ahead of this years poignant celebrations Crimea's acting head Sergei Aksyonov said in a Facebook post, "We...

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When It Rains

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (14:47)

[Tomb of the Unknown Solider. PHOTO/Jacob Greaves]

Russian independent broadcaster TV Dozhd, meaning TV Rain, is under fire after publishing a poll asking whether Leningrad- now St Petersburg- should have been allowed to fall into Nazi hands.

Its estimated the siege...

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Let the Games Begin

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (20:44)

As Sochi nears, expect a flourish of Russian leaders and key politicians on their best behaviour, but it won't make much difference.

Putin his foot in it

The Kremlin isn't known for being that adept at PR. Either coming from a place of not understanding Western perceptions, or simply...

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Who, What, When - Now It's Time to Ask Why

(1) Comments | Posted 17 May 2013 | (04:12)

Russia is a country that's never short of jaw-dropping stories.

Be it Moscow traffic police calling on drivers to form a human road block to stop a fleeing suspect, or perhaps more harrowing, a woman confessing to killing and freezing her newborn children for five years in a local food...

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The 85%

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (02:11)

Moves by some Russian legislators to adopt a bill against 'gay propaganda', may be shocking, but they're not unexpected.

Having recently passed its first reading in the State Duma- and with just two more to go before becoming law- plans to establish a nationwide ban on what's deemed gay propaganda...

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Gerard Depardieu: The Cost of Paying Less in Russia

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2013 | (23:59)

French actor, Gerard Depardieu just accepted a Russian passport, sealing the deal by embracing President Vladimir Putin. With it comes a tidy 13% tax rate - if and its still an if - he's willing to live in Russia for around half the year. Here are some of the more...

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Childish Behaviour

(0) Comments | Posted 3 January 2013 | (14:58)

Tit for tat politics may appear prominent in US-Russian relations, but when it impacts the welfare of children, its petty and childish.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed off on a ban on Americans adopting Russian children, a riposte to the long awaited Magnitsky Act- US sanctions on certain Russian...

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