Making Putin Great (Again and Again)
Zhanna Agalakova was a journalist and newsreader at Russia’s state-controlled Chanel One broadcaster. In September 2005 she became the station’s own correspondent in Paris and from January 2013 till August 2019 the special correspondent in New York. From August 2019 she worked again in Paris and since March 2021 she has specialized in covering events in other European countries as well. She resigned this year in March in protest at the war being waged in Ukraine. She said to believe Russian television was being used to pump out Kremlin propaganda and that the authorities had, for years been stifling independent media. In a short lecture she will give an analysis of how Russian television has evolved over 20 years from a news channel to a propaganda tool, after which there is a Q&A.
This lecture is part of an initiative called The Moscow Time (TMT) lecture series. This series is organised all over Europe to give the floor to a selection of Russia’s best-know journalists who had to leave their country to avoid prison sentences since Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine and Russia passed a “fake news law”.