Journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitri A. Muratov of Russia were recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize for “their courageous fight for freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Muratov, one of the founders of Novaya Gazeta and its editor since 1995, remembered the journalists on his staff who had been murdered. The Novaya Gazeta staff today includes two former Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellows: Pavel Kanygin (2016) and Elena Kostyuchenko (2018). Kanygin today told The Daily Beast: “The Nobel Prize is our shield. Muratov told us that it is a prize for our entire newsroom and that now we are going to be able to protect the reporters under attack with our shield.”
You can find a profile of Kostyuchenko, as well as the translation of one of her investigations, in the Fall 2018 issue of Harriman Magazine.