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Ann Cooper Interviewed About Prigozhin’s Mutiny and the August Putsch in CJR
June 28, 2023

Ann Cooper (Professor Emerita at Columbia Journalism School), who covered the 1991 coup attempt in the Soviet Union for NPR, was interviewed by Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) about the differences between the August Putsch and the recent Wagner Group mutiny in Russia.

“What was different then was that people were now used to a freer press…And some of the journalists—some, not all—stood up to that coup…Today in Russia, Putin has so thoroughly repressed independent journalism that nothing like that happened.”