Chris Brown

Moscow Correspondent

Chris Brown is a foreign correspondent based in the CBC’s Moscow bureau. Previously a National Reporter in Vancouver, Chris has a passion for great stories and has travelled all over Canada and the world to find them.

Latest from Chris Brown

Accused Canadian spy calls Russian claims against him 'garbage'

Accused Canadian spy Paul Whelan appears in court, shouting down the judge and castigating Russian authorities for holding him in a "kangaroo court."

After the largest street protests in years, Russia's opposition asks what's next?

The opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin has had one of its strongest campaigns ever after mass demonstrations over the Moscow election. But with municipal elections over, where does it go from here?
CBC IN HONG KONG

'Impossible to have a reasoned conversation at home': Canadians in Hong Kong split over protests

With Hong Kong in a fight for its heart and soul, Canadians living there are finding themselves forced to pick sides and in some cases hoping the crisis doesn't tear their families apart.
CBC IN HONG KONG

Soldiering on or fizzling out: 2 possible outcomes of the Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong's million-person march in a downpour Sunday could mark a turning point in the standoff with the city's administration. Harder to discern is exactly which direction it will go from here.

Extortion, violence and fear: One gay man's harrowing experience in Russia's Caucasus region

A gay man from Russia's Caucasus region shares a terrifying story of being outed and forced to flee his home.

David Saint-Jacques entering final stage of approach to Earth

The Soyuz space capsule carrying Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques undocked Monday evening from the International Space Station.

Women in Siberian coal town beg Trudeau to let them come to Canada as environmental refugees

Fed up residents of a polluted city in central Russia are making an emotional plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, begging to be admitted to Canada as environmental refugees.

Putin tries to convince the world it's safe to invest in Russia

After five years of crippling sanctions and counter-sanctions, the fear factor of doing business in Russia may be easing just a bit, at least according to some Canadian business leaders, writes Chris Brown.
Analysis

Why a community protest over a church should worry Russia's Kremlin

Authorities in Russia's Yekaterinburg have called a truce with protestors over building a new church in a popular park - but that's unlikely to quell a broader discontent by people who believe they are being ignored by their leaders.

As public support for Syrian war wanes, Russia hopes 'trophy train' inspires patriotism

A travelling exhibition in Russia is meant to demonstrate that the country's military engagement in Syria has been well spent, even as independent polling suggests Russians are, at best, lukewarm to the mission.

Ukraine's new comedian president gets hopeful welcome at home, chill from Putin

Ukrainians react to the election of a comedian as their president as Russia refuses to offer its congratulations.
Analysis

Potential victory by Ukraine's 'Donald Trump' prompts uncertainty

Volodymyr Zelensky has run a substance-free campaign, using the internet and comedy to win over disaffected Ukrainians in his bid for the presidency. But with victory in Sunday's run-off election appearing imminent, many worry about the implications for Ukraine's security.

Marine scientists warn of risky rescue of orcas and belugas from Russian 'whale jail'

Some of the world's top marine biologists are meeting in Moscow this week to try to save nearly 100 whales held captive since autumn in Russia’s 'whale jail.'
Analysis

Anger over corruption puts Ukrainian comic ahead in presidency race

Practically every poll in the final days of the Ukrainian presidential election campaign suggests that a political novice with no electoral experience could finish with the most votes on Sunday.

Russia's 'fairy tale' Siberian tigers beating long odds for a comeback

After decades of poaching and habitat loss pushed the Siberian tiger population toward extinction, the symbol of Russian pride is making a comeback through conservation efforts and a crackdown on illegal hunting.