Theo Merz

Theo Merz is a British journalist working in Moscow. He has reported from across the former Soviet Union and written for The Telegraph, Agence France-Presse, The Economist, VICE and others.

A couple embrace during a protest in Trafalgar Square, London, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023. They are demanding the release of all hostages allegedly taken by the militant group Hamas.

'A link with my ancestors': Britons reconnect with Jewish roots for EU passports

Since the Brexit vote of 2016, hundreds of thousands of Britons have applied for citizenship of European countries, allowing them to continue to work and travel freely while holding onto their British passport. Thousands have been able to acquire passports of other European nations through sometimes distant Jewish roots.

'A link with my ancestors': Britons reconnect with Jewish roots for EU passports
A video still from "The Lemberg Machine," 2023.

New film tackles Ukraine's role in the Holocaust

New film tackles Ukraine's role in the Holocaust
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A silent movie cinema thrives in Brussels

A silent movie cinema thrives in Brussels
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Ethnic minorities in Russia are campaigning for the breakup of the country

Ethnic minorities in Russia are campaigning for the breakup of the country
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Russian artists in exile create new identity and work 

Russian artists in exile create new identity and work 
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Energy workers in France threaten power cuts over retirement age

France's energy union has threatened mass power cuts over Emmanuel Macron's plans to raise the retirement age after months of violent street protests. The powerful CGT union has already cut power to an airport and school that the president was visiting this month.

Energy workers in France threaten power cuts over retirement age
Bundz cheese from Poland.

Polish cheesemakers bask in newfound fame

The food website Taste Atlas recently rated the light and creamy bundz, made from sheep's milk, as one of the top cheeses in the world. The cheese doesn't come from France or Italy — it comes from the southern mountains of Poland.

Polish cheesemakers bask in newfound fame
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Moscow multimedia exhibition focuses on anti-Kremlin protest culture

"Time Difference," a new multimedia art exhibition by Katya Muromtseva, 31, urges viewers to listen to the voices of those who are critical of the Kremlin.

Moscow multimedia exhibition focuses on anti-Kremlin protest culture
Two women dance together wearing red clothing.

One small step: Moscow’s first queer dance festival challenges homophobia

The Russian capital’s first queer dance festival hopes to change attitudes toward the LGBTQ community in a country where pride marches are illegal and LGBTQ-related hate crimes are on the rise.

One small step: Moscow’s first queer dance festival challenges homophobia
A woman is shown sitting a large frame with the Barents Sea in the background.

The 'edge of the earth': How Chinese tourism is changing one Russian Arctic village

Every day, dozens of visitors drag their suitcases to the tiny, arctic village of Teriberka, Russia, with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights at a fraction of the cost of similar trips to Scandinavia, Iceland or Canada. 

The 'edge of the earth': How Chinese tourism is changing one Russian Arctic village
A view of Murmansk with a smoke stack and other buildings as the sun rises.

The sun sometimes rises: How one Russian city makes it through the polar night

Murmansk is the largest city in the Arctic Circle. Nowhere else in the world do so many people spend so long in near-perpetual darkness. On Sunday, residents came out to catch the first glimpse of the sun in 40 days.

The sun sometimes rises: How one Russian city makes it through the polar night