3 years ago today, I was arriving in Donetsk, for ‘one week’s work’, with the channel RT, in a bit of a panic at that time, as they couldn’t get their own correspondents into Donbass, calling me in Odessa, where I lived at the time, simply saying ‘get to Donetsk as soon as you can!!‘. I duly drove all night –
After a couple of days, RT managed to get their own correspondents in, and sent me down to Lugansk to see out the remainder of my contract. Then, on 12th April, I heard early on about something happening in nearby Slavyansk, called RT. The producer who answered first said ‘Where’s that?‘ Then ‘Graham, your contract’s almost up, just stay a couple days more in Lugansk‘. I replied that I was going to Slavyansk with or without them.
And there we have it.
Here is my video reportage from the March 22nd terrorist attack in London –
After this, tragically, it was tragically confirmed there has been another victim of the attack, 31-year-old Romanian Andreea Cristea.
Very sad news, as it has been confirmed that Andreea Cristea, 31, the Romanian tourist thrown from Westminster Bridge into the Thames in the terrorist attack of March 22nd, has died in hospital.
Cristea’s life support machine was switched off by doctors St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Cristea was struck on the day her boyfriend had planned to propose to her.
Cristea, an architect, was in a critical condition, fighting for her life for 2 weeks before succumbing to injuries. Her family have released a statement calling their loved one “beloved and irreplaceable, a wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine, who was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way….
She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.
There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.”
RIP to her, on this extremely sad news.
For further details read here, here, and here.
I recently wrote an article criticising Garry Kasparov for using the recent St Petersburg Metro attack to promote his book. Before I tell you the reaction of Kasparov, let’s have a look at how he’s portrayed in western media:
Guardian: ‘pro-democracy activist’
Washington Post: ‘pro-democracy activist’
Telegraph: ‘human rights campaigner’
CNBC ‘pro-democracy activist’ (again)…
So, what was the reaction of our ‘human rights’ campaigning, ‘pro-democracy’ activist’ to my article? He blocked me on Twitter.
So, just remember that, next time you see Garry Kasparov on western tv talking about the ‘totalitarian regime of Putin‘ etc etc…