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InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet
Episode 2: Counterculture, Scumbags, Marijuana, And The Kremlin
In this episode, the Russian Internet goes through a turbulent adolescence. Two Moscow school students launch a site where visitors can curse and warp the spelling of words. The site gave life to an entire “scumbag” (“padonkoff”) culture with its own language, memes, and offline debaucheries. One of the site founders now lives in Los Angeles and is developing a marijuana blockchain. Another, Konstantin Rykov, became one of the first Kremlin propagandists on the Russian Internet.
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.