I'm a Russian journalist who hates Putin, AMA!
I'm Fedor Alekseev and I'm nowhere near famous but after seeing this AMA by a pro-government journalist I thought it would be interesting to share some experience and knowledge from the opposite point of view.
I'm the editor-in-chief of a small online magazine that has been around for a bit more than two years and has gained some popularity in my city and region.
In addition to doing local-tier stuff, I also write for bigger media outlets on a freelance basis, including Meduza, the most popular anti-Putin media outlet and the most cited one on Russian social media.
I've been holding strongly anti-Putin views for at least 10 years, took part in dozens of protest events and organized one, was also arrested a couple times.
Feel free to ask me anything about life in Russia, Russian politics, my work, or just whatever you want to know. Russia is an awesome place in all regards but politics, I really love living here and will be happy to talk about things not related to Putin, and debunk your stereotypes of cold weather, cold people, ugly commieblocks, vodka and bears. Life around here is nothing like that!
Here's a page I made on my tiny magazine's website as a proof.
Here's one of the articles I wrote for Meduza, featuring my name and a link to my own tiny magazine, which I guess counts as another proof.
Edit: I'll have to sign off soon, sorry that I haven't replied to all of your questions yet. I absolutely can't guarantee that I ever will, as there are tons of them, and many are repetitive or just jokes, but I'll try to comment a bit more when I'm back.
Now that the thread got some traction (way more than I expected), I want to use this as a chance to promote r/AskCentralAsia, a tiny but fairly active and interesting sub I created not long ago to help people learn about our rather obscure part of the world (yeah, my city in Russia is just one hour drive away from Kazakhstan and the area is way more similar to it than it is to Moscow or elsewhere in Russia, so it kinda belongs to Central Asia). r/AskARussian gets a honorary mention too.
And of course, thanks a lot for your questions, most of them were really interesting, deep and thought-provoking!