Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

In Egypt a cry of outrage is met with death

Ruth Pollard No.309 on a list of 529 people condemned to die – a lawyer jailed alongside the people he had spent months trying to help, caught up in the relentless crackdown against anyone who dares to challenge...

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president

A banner for Egypt's army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in downtown Cairo.

Ruth Pollard Egypt’s army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has resigned his post and announced he will run for the presidency, pledging to “reconstruct the state and restore its dignity”.

Australian journalist Peter Greste defiant over 'baseless charges' in Egyptian court

Australian journalist Peter Greste stands in a metal cage during his trial in a Cairo court.

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist says there is no evidence to justify his imprisonment.

Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

A Muslim Brotherhood supporter aims fireworks at supporters of the Egyptian Government in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard In one of the world's largest ever mass death sentences, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 people to death and without hearing a single argument from defence lawyers.

Peter Greste: Australian journalist due back in Cairo court

On trial: Peter Greste inside the defendants' cage in court during his last appearance on March 5.

Ruth Pollard Three journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, will face a third day in a Cairo court on Monday accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s reputation and broadcasting...

Ukraine crisis: Crimeans vote to join Russia in referendum slammed as 'illegal' by US, EU

People wave Russian flags in Lenin Square in Simferopol to celebrate the preliminary results of the Crimean referendum.

Ruth Pollard Crowds of Crimeans roared their approval in Lenin Square in the capital Simferopol as exit polls indicated 93 per cent of those who turned out to vote in Sunday’s referendum were in favour of...

Crimea vote begins in Ukraine as 'self-defence' forces look on

Riot police

Ruth Pollard Voters began queuing early to cast their ballot in the referendum as Crimean police maintained a heavy security presence on the streets of the capital, Simferopol.

Russian forces attempt 'invasion' of village on eve of Crimea vote

A Russian soldier near Simferopol, Crimea.

Ruth Pollard Simferopol: Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armoured vehicles attempted to take control of a village inside western Ukraine on Saturday in a serious military escalation on the...

Crimeans caught in the grip of the Russian bear

Crimean Tatar Great Patriotic War veteran, Nariman Kazenbash 84 wearing his war medals, outside his home in Simferopol, Crimea. He believes that the March 16th referendum is a 'farce'. 13th March, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Ruth Pollard No blood has been spilt, but Crimea's silent war threatens to cleave its people.

Silent war exposes growing divisions in Crimea

Crimea

Ruth Pollard Giant billboards line Crimea's highways inviting citizens to choose between Russia and fascism, others simply declare: ''Crimea is Russia.''

Russia closing door on Crimea as troops build up

An armed pro-Russian self-defence militiaman at the border crossing with western Ukraine.

Ruth Pollard Crimea is effectively isolated from the rest of Ukraine, with heavily armed, masked Russian soldiers stationed at key points throughout the region, its highways busy with military activity and its...

Crimea's parliament votes to split from Ukraine before referendum

International observers cut Crimea visit short (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Crimea's pro-Russian parliamentarians have voted in favour of independence from Ukraine five days before a much-criticised referendum is due to be held.

Russian occupation opens old wounds for Ukraine's Crimean Tatars

Zulfere Memetova

Ruth Pollard The Tatar men of Bakhchysarai have drawn up a roster and each night they take turns to patrol their neighbourhoods once the sun sets on the windswept plains of central Crimea.

Protests grip Ukraine as Putin defends Crimea actions

Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Odessa.

Ruth Pollard Thousands rallied across Ukraine in rival demonstrations that turned violent when pro-Russian activists attacked a protest on the Black Sea peninsula, as Russian soldiers tightened their grip across...

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip over key areas of Crimea

Members of a newly formed pro-Russian militia gather in the streets of Simferopol in Crimea on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip over key areas throughout Crimea, blockading military bases along the Black Sea peninsula and attempting to force Ukrainian soldiers to surrender at military...

Folk musicians try to calm tense troops in Crimea

Standoff: Surrounded by unidentified Russian soldiers, Ukrainian marines talk behind a wall at their base in Perevalnoye.

Ruth Pollard Brightly dressed folk musicians in Prevalnoye, Crimea, say they want to ease tension between Ukrainian and Russian troops.

Syrian refugees eke out existence in Lebanon

A Syrian girl at Al-Khan market in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Ruth Pollard In Tripoli, Lebanon, Syrian refugees, some of the 2.5 million who have fled the war in their country that local rights groups say has claimed upwards of 125,000 lives and left more 6.

Syrian family of seven forced to rely on 13-year-old breadwinner

Syrian refugee Mohamed makes coffee in a Lebanese cafe to support his family of seven.

Ruth Pollard Mohamed is only 13, but for the past year he has been the sole breadwinner for a family of seven Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

Portrait of despair: Thousands queue for UN food parcels in Yarmouk, Damascus

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus.

Ruth Pollard One glimpse of their faces tells the story of the year that they have suffered. Gaunt, exhausted, their strength of will almost spent, they stand amid the devastated buildings of Yarmouk refugee camp...

Peter Greste and Al-Jazeera colleagues make first appearance in Cairo court

“All of the support we have been getting has contributed enormously to our protection

Ruth Pollard Australian journalist describes prison conditions as 'psychologically unbearable'.