Mary Ilyushina

Washington, D.C.

Education: Lomonosov Moscow State University

Mary Ilyushina, a reporter on the Foreign Desk of The Washington Post, covers Russia and the region. She began her career in independent Russian media before joining CNN’s Moscow bureau as a field producer in 2017. She has been with The Post since 2021. She speaks Russian, English, Ukrainian and Arabic.
Latest from Mary Ilyushina

Putin cites success in annexed regions even as his exhausted troops retreat

The Russian president congratulated teachers and promised students restful autumn holidays while commentators in Russia glumly reported cascading military defeats.

October 5, 2022

Ukraine hammers Russian forces into retreat on east and south fronts

Even as Russia's Federation Council ratified the illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions, Moscow's military setbacks continued.

October 4, 2022

Putin illegally claims annexation of Ukrainian regions, escalating war

Amid pageantry in the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Russian president defied international law and declared Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be part of Russia.

September 30, 2022

Russians rebel as Putin drafts more people in battle for Ukraine

From Dagestan to Moscow to Siberia, dissent has been documented in videos from across Russia since Putin's mobilization announcement on Sept. 21.

September 29, 2022

Kyiv slams staged votes as ‘propaganda show’ as E.U. vows to punish Russia

The Ukrainian government on Wednesday denounced Russia’s staged referendums in four partially occupied regions, while Putin reportedly prepares for a State of the Union address, where annexation could be announced.

September 28, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Final day of staged referendums; ‘sabotage’ investigation after Nord Stream explosions

Tuesday marks the final day of referendums staged by Kremlin-aligned officials in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas.

September 27, 2022

Staged referendums yield expected result as Russia readies annexations

With the Russian president's impending announcement, and fears that it could be accompanied by a declaration of martial law, the exodus of fighting-age Russian men trying to flee military mobilization appeared to be reaching critical levels.

September 27, 2022

European leaders blame Russian ‘sabotage’ after Nord Stream explosions

The damage did not have an immediate impact on Europe’s energy supplies, but some officials blamed the Kremlin, suggesting the blasts were intended as a threat.

September 27, 2022

Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden, who exposed U.S. surveillance

The Russian president had previously granted asylum to the former American security consultant and refused to allow his extradition.

September 26, 2022

Gunman attacks Russian military recruiter as thousands flee mobilization

A recruitment officer at a military enlistment station in Irkutsk was shot and wounded by a young man as thousands continued to flee Russia's chaotic Ukraine mobilization.

September 26, 2022