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InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet
Episode 6: Putting ‘Barbed Wire’ On The Russian Internet
By 2012, Russia’s media status quo began to shift: The audience for independent aggregator Yandex News had exceeded that of state broadcaster Channel One. For the Kremlin, this spelled a direct challenge. And one that they did not intend to tolerate. As shutdowns and crackdowns on non-state-controlled news sites picked up, foreign investors began to pull out. Russian Internet pioneer Anton Nosik believes Runet today “is wrapped up in barbed wire. But, even so, some stalwart online content creators continue to persevere.
About The Filmmaker
Andrey Loshak is a Russian TV journalist and filmmaker who considers himself, first and foremost, a reporter. Winner of a TEFI, a prestigious Russian media award, for his television reporting, Loshak has worked for Russia’s national networks NTV and STS. He is the founder of the Takiye Dela (Things Like This) information portal about charitable solutions to social problems.
Form #087: Aleksandra Selyaninova
In Soviet times, Aleksandra Selyaninova worked for 16 years within the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ regional offices. When she retired in 1989, she made another change as well: She changed her sex, becoming a woman. "I took off my uniform and put on a dress," she says with a laugh. (Filmmaker: Yekaterina Ponomaryova)
Yekaterina Ponomaryova is a journalist from Yekaterinburg, Russia. For many years, she worked as a correspondent for REN-TV; first in Russia's Urals region, then in St. Petersburg and Ukraine. After leaving REN-TV in 2014, she covered the Urals and Siberia for Current Time.
Wasteland: The Lethal Soviet Legacy In Kazakhstan
Forty years of Soviet nuclear bomb tests have left a toxic wasteland in Kazakhstan. The nuclear explosions have stopped, but Russia still rents vast swathes of Kazakh territory for missile tests that critics say are devastating for the environment and its inhabitants. Wasteland first aired on Current Time TV's Crossroads program in March 2019. (Filmmaker: Harutyun Mansuryan)
Harutyun Mansuryan was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. He previously worked for Internews Armenia (now Media Initiatives Center) as a production manager. He is the author and producer of more than 50 investigative reports and documentaries.
He now works as a multimedia video producer for RFE/RL in Prague.