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RT, Sputnik, Pervy Kanal, NTV and Rossiya – Russian state-controlled media have given Russian journalism a problematic reputation globally.

However, there is also another kind of Russian journalism: professionals who dare to challenge their own government’s disinformation using critical reporting, fact-checking and journalistic investigations.

In four interviews with independent journalists it becomes evident that a part of Russia’s civil society shares the international concerns over the Kremlin’s media manipulations.

Their examples show that Russian journalism does not have to be a part of the disinformation problem: it can also be a part of the solution.

The propaganda digs a cultural ditch between Russia and Europe”: Pavel Kanygin has covered the MH17 case as an investigative journalist with Novaya Gazeta. Read the full interview.

’Information war’ is a term used by the Kremlin to justify disinformation”: Roman Dobrokhotov won the 2019 European Press Prize Investigative Reporting Award for exposing disinformation in the Skripal case. Read the full interview.

Distracting the audience from the real problems“: Every week, Maria Borzunova challenges pro-Kremlin disinformation in her programme ‘Fake News’ on the independent TV Rain. Read the full interview.

Propaganda Must be Opposed by the Language of Values”: Andrei Arkhangelsky is one of Russia’s most prominent commentators on the topic of disinformation. Read the full interview.