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Need the news on the run? We’ve got you covered with this informative, five-minute digest of key events from Current Time’s broadcast region and beyond.

Schedule:
Watch the program live online, on satellite, or via our broadcast partners Monday through Friday.

Kyiv, Minsk, Moscow: On the hour, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday | Ashgabat, Dushanbe, Tashkent: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sunday | Bishkek, Nur-Sultan: 2 p.m. – 9p.m., Monday-Friday; 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday; 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday

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ABOUT THE ANCHORS

Melani Bachina
Melani Bachina

​Melani Bachina first worked for RFE/RL as a radio presenter before joining Tomsk TV-2 as a reporter and presenter in 2004. When Tomsk TV-2 was closed down by the Russian authorities in 2014, Bachina joined RFE/RL to work on the launch of the Current Time Russian-language network. She is now a senior writer and producer for RFE/RL’s Russian Service. Bachina is also the creator of Death Of A Station: The Rise And Fall Of Free Media in Russia, a documentary that traces the plight of independent media in Russia through the story of TV-2’s shutdown.

Egor Maximov
Egor Maximov

Egor Maximov, a native of Zhukova, Russia, holds a degree in media communications from the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Before joining Current Time, he worked for the private Russian TV network Dozhd and Match.TV, among other outlets. He also previously worked for the civil-rights movement Open Russia.

Igor Sevriugin
Igor Sevriugin

Igor Sevriugin came to Current Time from the private Russian TV station Dozhd, where he worked from 2014 to 2016 as an anchor, managing editor, and parliamentary observer. He previously spent two years as the Dozhd correspondent for Russia’s Volga region. He had earlier worked as a correspondent for Russia’s TNV channel, covering news from the federal republic of Tatarstan.

Sevriugin has a degree from Kazan State University in directing cinema and television. Aside from Russian, he speaks English, Italian, Spanish, and Czech.

Farida Kurbangaleeva
Farida Kurbangaleeva

Farida Kurbangaleeva has worked in Prague as a news anchor for Current Time and Radio Liberty since 2018. A native of the Russian city of Kazan, she is a former news anchor for the state-run Rossiya-1 TV channel. She started in journalism in Kazan at the regional Tatarstan broadcasting network, where she worked as a correspondent and, later, a news anchor. She holds a degree in journalism from Kazan State University.

Svetlana Obratnova
Svetlana Obratnova

Svetlana Obratnova graduated with a degree in philology from Russia’s Astrakhan State University. She has worked in the news services of a few FM radio stations and as a correspondent for the TV channel TNT. She has been at Radio Liberty since 2004. For the last few years, she has worked as an anchor and news producer at Current Time.

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