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Between the Rock of Guilt and the Hard Place of Hate: Russian Journalist Covers the War in Ukraine
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Yevgenia Albats, an award-winning journalist, author, and Editor of the New Times in exile, went to Ukraine to cover the war. Being a Russian journalist and speaking Russian in a country that is defending itself from the all-out war unleashed by Russian rulers is something like being a German journalist in London in the midst of World War II. What did Albats see in Ukraine that others with different backgrounds and experiences might not? Albats traveled almost 1000 km in war-torn Ukraine during the first part of March 2023. Her video reports from Ukraine can be found here: Moderated by Harriman Director, Valentina Izmirlieva.

Headshot of Yevgenia AlbatsDr. Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. She is a Distinguished Journalist in residence at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and a Lecturer of Political Science at NYU Department of Politics. She has been Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28, 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russian invaded Ukraine. Despite that, Albats continues to run the, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country in the last week of August 2022 after she was fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent. Since 2004, Albats has hosted “Absolute Albats,” a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. The radio station was taken off the air a week after the war in Ukraine started. Albats moved her talk show to her YouTube channel that now has over 128k subscribers. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993.