The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Reporting Russia: Independent Journalism Under Putin

Doing investigative journalism in Russia has never been an easy task, but now it is harder than ever. Following the arrest of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the crackdown on media critical of the Kremlin and of President Putin himself has started in earnest.

Leading Russian investigative journalists and editors join us to discuss the current dangers and future prospects of investigative reporting in Russia.

Roman Badanin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Proekt, a non-profit investigative media organisation based in Russia. One of Proekt’s most famous investigations was into the private life of Vladimin Putin, a taboo subject for the Russian media. It showed how a former cleaner and reportedly the mother of the Russian President’s illegitimate child became the owner of a luxury ski resort and a stakeholder in the Kremlin-friendly Bank Rossiya.

Roman Dobrokhotov – is founder and editor-in-chief of The Insider, an independent online magazine focusing on investigations and debunking misinformation in Russia. His most famous works includes an investigation into the Salisbury Poisoning Suspects and most recently his key role in unmasking the people behind the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

Roman Shleynov – a legendary Russia investigative journalist, who worked for Novaya Gazeta, one of the very few opposition publications in the country. He now writes for iStories (Important Stories), an online publication with a specific investigative focus. iStories’s offices have been recently raided by the Russian authorities and its editor Roman Anin taken in for questioning.

Moderated by Jane Lytvynenko – Senior Reporter, online investigations at BuzzFeed.

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7 July 2021 – Independent journalism under Putin

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Jane Lytvynenko

Jane Lytvynenko is a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News where she focuses on disinformation and online investigations. Her work has focused on the rise of conspiracy theories, hyperpartisan news, cryptocurrency scams, and extremism globally.

Roman Badanin

Roman Badanin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Proekt, a non-profit investigative media organisation based in Russia. Previously, he worked at Dozhd, RBC, and the Russian edition of Forbes magazine as editor-in-chief.

Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov is founder and editor-in-chief of The Insider. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a PhD in political science, he started working as a journalist in 2005.

Roman Shleynov

Roman Shleynov is an author at iStories (Important Stories), a new investigative outlet in Russia, founded by the some of the country's leading investigative journalists. He is also OCCRP's regional editor for Russia.
  • 7 July 2021 14.00–15.00 British Summer Time (GMT +1)
British Summer Time (GMT +1)
Location: Zoom webinar & YouTube Live stream
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