Patrick Reevell
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Patrick Reevell is a freelance journalist specialising in Russian affairs and the former Soviet Union. He is currently based in Moscow, working at The New York Times bureau.

Patrick writes on political and cultural stories for NME Magazine and The Moscow Times, and is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone. He has previously worked as a research assistant for the BBC, as well as for the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Azerbaijan and the Moscow-based media watchdog, the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is currently completing a Masters in Journalism and International Affairs at the Institut L'Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, specialising in post-Soviet law.

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Pussy Riot Release New Witch Video to Protest Trial of Kremlin Critic

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2014 | (02:45)

The Russian punk-protest band, Pussy Riot, released a new video late Monday night calling for a mass demonstration in Moscow in response to the trial of a prominent opposition activist. It's the band's first video in almost a year.

The video, titled "Witches from Pussy Riot clean the Manezh" shows...

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After Shock Moscow Election Success for Navalny, Kremlin Learning It Can't Have It Both Ways

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2013 | (12:09)

Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. Source: CC

A woman outside a polling station in Moscow told me yesterday, that she didn't think it would matter if Sobayanin won honestly in the city's mayoral elections, whose results were released this morning, because "no one...

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Why the Kremlin Jailed Navalny and Let Him Go (And Why It Won't Be for Long)

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (19:18)

To everyone's surprise Alexei Navalny was released this afternoon, pending the results of his appeal. First interpretations are that the Russian government has bent to popular outrage expressed yesterday outside the Kremlin. Navalny himself has taken it this way.

Some have even taken it as a signal that...

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Pussy Riot Back on Tour: Band Seizes Oil Rigs in New Music Video

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (16:47)


Russian punks Pussy Riot are back- members of the group have staged their first major action since the cathedral "punk-prayer" that got them arrested last year. A music-video released by the group to me today, shows the band running, hopping, jumping, climbing and...

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Topless Femen Pulled From Roof Above Far Right Protest in Paris

(6) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (00:00)

Source: Patrick Reevell

Topless Ukrainian feminists, Femen were taken off a roof by firemen hundreds of feet above a far right demonstration in central Paris this afternoon. Four women, including the groups leader, Inna Shevchenko occupied a balcony...

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Boston Bombing Could be Bad News for Chechnya

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2013 | (21:57)

Vladimir Putin's press secretary gave a reaction to the claim that two men believed to be behind the Boston Marathon bombing, were ethnic Chechens:

« Russia doesn't distinguish between its own terrorists and others - you can't mess around with them, they all deserve to be rejected. »

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Femen Stage Topless Protest Against Putin in Germany

(1) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (10:40)

Femen, the Ukrainian feminist group, have staged another topless attack on Vladimir Putin, as he toured a factory in Hannover this morning. The Russian president was in the company of German chancellor, Angela Merkel at an industrial trade fair in the city, when several women burst out of the press...

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Two Women Detained for Pussy Riot Action in Moscow Cathedral, One Year After 'Punk-Prayer'

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (13:30)

Two balaclavered women have been detained for staging an action in support of Pussy Riot in Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour, exactly on year after the punk group held their "punk-prayer" in the cathedral.

The women have been named as Irina Karatsuba and Elena Volkova, reportedly professors...

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Chelyabinsk Meteor Found in Lake, Casualties Rise to Above 1,100

(0) Comments | Posted 15 February 2013 | (23:47)

The number of casualties of the meteor that struck Chelyabinsk Friday morning has sharply risen, reaching 1,100. Officials from the Ministry of Emergency Situations have told press that 1,147 people have sought medical attention, of which 58 have been hospitalised with serious injuries. This is the first time in history...

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Meteor Hits Chelyabinsk, Burning Crater Video Fake

(1) Comments | Posted 15 February 2013 | (10:11)


A meteor has reportedly exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring hundreds of people. At 9.20am local time, a large object flashed across the sky, leaving a long white vapour trail. A very loud bang was then heard directly over apartment buildings, shattering...

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Irish Councillors Vote for Drink-Driving Permits

(2) Comments | Posted 22 January 2013 | (14:41)

A group of Irish councillors has passed a proposal suggesting that rural residents receive permits allowing them to drink and drive. The measure, voted on by Kerry Country Council, is intended to fight depression and suicide in isolated rural communities. The independent Councillor Danny Healy-Rae, who tabled the motion, said...

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Three Kurdish Women Activists Found Dead With Bullets in the Head in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2013 | (08:34)

Three Kurdish women have been found murdered outside the Kurdish Insitute in Paris, with gun shot wounds to the head. One of the women is reportedly the co-founder of the militant Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK.

The bodies of the women were found at 1am GMT last night, in front...

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New Pussy Riot Video Released

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2012 | (19:48)

Members of the Russian punk group, Pussy Riot have produced a new video in which they condemn the imprisonment of three women accused of hooliganism and inciting religious hatred as members of the band. The video was intended for MTV and was due to be first screened at...

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Pussy Riot Appeal to Madonna for Help

(1) Comments | Posted 20 July 2012 | (00:54)


The song which got Russian punks, Pussy Riot arrested was entitled Mother of God drive Putin out! - in a strange way, their prayer may be about to be answered. According to Peter Verzilov, husband to one of the jailed punks, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the...

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