2019, so far. Meduza reviews Russia’s biggest news stories over the first six months of the year

We’re now halfway through the year, which is a good excuse to pause and take stock of the major news stories in Russia so far in 2019. Over the past six months, Meduza has reported on hundreds of current events, but some incidents and trends resonate and rise above the rest. What follows is hardly an exhaustive list of all the important things that have happened this year in Russia. This roundup is intended to highlight not just the biggest stories covered here at Meduza, but also the recurrent themes in the national news cycle.