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About Ricardo
Ricardo Marquina is a journalist based in Moscow, Russia.

In Russia since 2008, I have worked in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Romania and other Eastern European countries.

I produce complete TV packages, from pre-production, filming to editing.
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The Future is Dead

21 Jun 2024  |  www.revista5w.com
Russian tanks advanced into Ukraine, with missiles targeting military and civilian installations. Vladimir Putin appeared on Russian television, threatening to demilitarize Ukraine and liberate its people from a neo-Nazi government, marking the start of the war. The article reflects on how Russia reached this point, tracing back to the disintegration of the USSR in 1991, which left the current Russian elite, who had grown up under the Soviet system, facing a rapidly disintegrating empire.

Studying as a Form of Resistance

09 Jun 2024  |  www.revista5w.com
Natalia Chekanova continues to teach online classes in Kharkiv amidst the ongoing Russian invasion, using education as a form of resistance. Despite the destruction of her school, she and her daughter Veronika find solace in maintaining a routine. The article highlights the resilience of Ukrainian educators and students, the significant damage to educational institutions, and the support from organizations like the Ministry of Education, United Nations, and Unicef. The narrative underscores the importance of education for emotional support and normalcy during the conflict.

Russian Peace Activists Brace for More Repressions Ahead of March Elections

14 Dec 2023  |  voanews.com
Russian peace activists are experiencing increased restrictions on freedom of expression as the presidential elections approach and the conflict with Ukraine continues. The case of Aleksandra Skochilenko, a lesbian peace activist facing a 10-year prison sentence for her anti-war stance, is highlighted as an example of the repression.

Latvia’s Russian Minority Struggles With a Changing World

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Latvia, an EU country with the largest Russian minority, sees its ethnic Russians, who make up about 25% of the population, deeply affected by the war in Ukraine. The conflict has caused significant political and social upheaval for this community.

Armenia, doubts about its allies after violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

01 Oct 2023  |  www.zeriamerikes.com
The recent violence in Nagorno-Karabakh has raised doubts among Armenians about their alliances, particularly with Russia and the effectiveness of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Many Armenians feel betrayed by the lack of intervention from Russian peacekeeping forces. The Armenian government faces criticism for its inability to maintain a clear stance, with some advocating for closer ties with the West while others emphasize the importance of the existing relationship with Russia. Analysts suggest that Armenia is in a precarious position with no clear alternative alliances.

Thousands of Civilians Evacuate Northern Gaza During Intense Fighting

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Israel continues its offensive against Hamas, launching multiple projectiles over Gaza. Thousands of Palestinians are evacuating the northern part of the city following announcements of more attacks. The report by Ricardo Marquina and Laura Sepúlveda from Voz de América contains sensitive material for some viewers.

Russia Faces New Scenario in Baltic Region

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Finland's accession to NATO and Sweden's bid for membership have significantly altered the political-military landscape of the Baltic region, creating a stronghold of alliance forces. This new scenario contrasts sharply with the pre-invasion status quo, highlighting the strategic shifts following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Lithuanians Concerned About Russian Aggression in Ukraine

10 Aug 2023  |  www.zeriamerikes.com
Lithuania, feeling threatened by Russia, has long warned of potential Russian aggression against its neighbors. With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Lithuanians are increasingly concerned about similar threats to their country. Volunteers in Vilnius are building portable stoves for Ukraine, reflecting Lithuania's continued support. Lithuania has provided over $700 million in aid to Ukraine, including $257 million in military assistance. The country hosts 75,000 Ukrainian refugees, supported by a national aid program. Ukrainian art is also being safeguarded in Lithuanian museums. Despite the prolonged conflict, Lithuanians remain committed to supporting Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has increased Romania's strategic importance

21 Jul 2023  |  voaturkce.com
Romania, sharing a border with Ukraine, has become one of the European countries most exposed to the war and a key NATO member supplying arms to Kyiv. Despite aiding Ukraine, Romania still faces challenges due to its tumultuous historical relations with Kyiv.

Moldova Intensifies Push to Join EU

31 May 2023  |  voanews.com
Moldova is hosting a summit of EU leaders to advance its bid for integration into the European Union, a move that has both strong supporters and opponents.

Ukraine War Prompts Latvia to Re-Think Its Defenses

20 Apr 2023  |  www.voanews.com
With Russian troops occupying a significant portion of Ukrainian territory, Latvia is reorganizing its defenses, including revitalizing its volunteer force and considering the reinstatement of its draft system. This move reflects the heightened security concerns among Russia's Baltic neighbors in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Russian and Belarusian emigrants prepare for another year in Lithuania

17 Apr 2023  |  Glas Amerike
Noize MC, a popular Russian musician critical of the Kremlin, has sought asylum in Lithuania along with his family, with no immediate plans to return home without significant systemic changes. Belarusian dissidents have also fled to Lithuania, escaping repression from Alexander Lukashenko's regime, which has imprisoned over 1,400 political prisoners since the 2020 protests. Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in exile in Vilnius, expressed fears of Lukashenko joining the war against Ukraine, contrary to the will of the Belarusian people. A theater in Vilnius, which has provided refuge for Russian and Belarusian actors, faces criticism for using the Russian language in performances. Lithuania has banned Russians with EU tourist visas from entering since the war's start but remains open to political refugees. Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte reaffirms the country's welcome to those in complex situations due to their moral and political views.

How Lithuania is Preparing for the Russian Threat

01 Mar 2023  |  ba.voanews.com
Lithuania is intensifying its military preparedness in response to the Russian threat, with increased training and motivation among its troops. As a member of the EU and NATO, Lithuania benefits from political and military protection, but the ongoing war in Ukraine has underscored the need for further readiness. NATO forces in Lithuania are learning from Ukrainian tactics to enhance their defense strategies. The Russian parliament's proposal to revoke Lithuania's independence has heightened tensions, prompting both the Lithuanian government and society to prepare for potential conflict. The presence of NATO forces in Lithuania marks a significant point of contact in the broader conflict between Russia and the West.

Russia suffers the economic impact of the war with product shortages and rising prices

24 Feb 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Russia is experiencing significant economic repercussions from the ongoing war, characterized by product shortages and rising prices.

A Year into War, Russia’s Exiled Journalists Have Few Hopes

22 Feb 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, independent journalists faced increased repression, leading many to flee to Latvia. A year later, exiled Russian journalists in Riga hold little hope of returning to their country to continue their profession.

Fear of Russia Drives Some in Estonia to Question Integration

25 Oct 2022  |  voanews.com
Estonia is increasingly concerned about Russian aggression as it escalates attacks in Ukraine. The presence of a significant Russian-speaking population in Estonia and the influence of Russian propaganda through media are sources of internal concern for the country.

Estonian Volunteers Train for a Day They Hope Will Never Come

13 Oct 2022  |  www.voanews.com
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Estonia's civil society, including volunteer groups like the Estonian Defense League, is mobilizing due to concerns that Russia could potentially target other ex-Soviet republics. The Estonian Defense League is actively training, preparing for a scenario they hope to avoid.

Facing the Danger of War

23 Feb 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Russian troops on Ukrainian soil have increased the risk of a total war between Kiev and Moscow. Thousands of displaced people from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions are crossing the border into Russia to escape the potential conflict.

Russia uses media as a weapon amid the crisis

22 Feb 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
After nearly two months of heightened alert over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow announces the withdrawal of some units and expresses willingness to negotiate with NATO. However, doubts remain due to the uncertainty surrounding Vladimir Putin's true intentions.

TV Journalists Face 3 Years in Prison for Reporting on Belarus Protests

09 Feb 2021  |  www.voanews.com
Two Belarusian journalists from the Polish TV channel Belsat, Yekaterina Andreeva and Darya Chultsova, are on trial in Minsk for their coverage of the 2020 protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. They face up to three years in prison on charges of coordinating the protests through live broadcasts, which they deny. International human rights organizations, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, have condemned their detention and called for their release. The protests erupted after Lukashenko's disputed election victory over opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leading to a severe government crackdown.

Belarus Dogged by Crackdown on Protesters as UN Human Rights Review Begins

01 Feb 2021  |  www.voanews.com
Belarus's human rights record is under scrutiny as the U.N. Human Rights Council begins its Universal Periodic Review. The country faces criticism for its crackdown on demonstrators following the allegedly rigged presidential elections in August. Despite efforts by Belarus's ambassador to shift focus to positive developments, nations expressed concerns about ongoing human rights violations. The U.S. ambassador called the elections fraudulent and condemned the violence against protesters. Supporters like China, Syria, and Venezuela praised Belarus's human rights record and condemned international interference.

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"Children of Bragin" is a documentary about childhood in rural Belarus affected by Chernobyl radiation. Script, camera and edition: Ricardo Marquina

Russian Helicopters to Boost Venezuela's Maduro

30 Apr 2019  |  voanews.com
Russia is preparing to establish a helicopter maintenance base in Venezuela, demonstrating continued economic, political, and military support for Nicolas Maduro's government. Russian officials displayed the aircraft and equipment at a helicopter factory, indicating Moscow's commitment to its allies in Venezuela.

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