I am a Russian investigative reporter with Meduza, an independent news outlet and "foreign agent" according to Russia's authorities. Ask me anything!
Hi, my name is Alexey Kovalev, I am an investigative reporter from Russia. The outlet I'm working for, Meduza, was designated a "foreign agent" by the Russian government in April 2021. It's a ridiculous legal straitjacket designed to slowly strangle an independent news outlet out of existence without physically attacking or jailing its editors and reporters, and we were the first of many independent media and individual journalists to be branded as such. It's part of a major crackdown on civil society in Putin's Russia — against media, NGOs, bloggers, scientists, random people who said something "offensive" on the internet — and it's getting worse by the day. At the same time, I find that news coverage of these events outside Russia is often lacking in nuance and context, which is why I'm here to answer any questions about what it's like to work as an independent journalist in Russia in 2021. Ask me anything!
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EDIT: that's it, folks! Thank you so much for your questions. There are many more left unanswered, sadly, so I'll host another AMA soon. And happy Thanksgiving to anyone logging in from the States!