«Два года разговоров о влиянии кремлёвской дезинформации и поддержке независимых СМИ. Что сделано?»

Two years of dealing with the Kremlin lies. Where are we now?

Hromadske in Russian


29 October 13:00 – 15:00

Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia

Magnum auditorium 

The event is open for all. There is no entry fee. The discussion will take place in Russian language. 


For two years the world has faced the challenge of Russian propaganda and disinformation that poisons peoples’ minds. Since then, scores of debates have taken place between decision-makers, journalists and researchers to discuss how to assist independent Russian-language media to face the challenge.

What are the results? Is it much ado about nothing?

Hromadske in Russia is one of the few media outlets in Ukraine that has consistently provided unbiased and fact-checked news from the post-Soviet region. However, the results are still modest. What is holding Hromadske back? Are the challenges common for the region’s independent media? 



Angelina Kariakina, Hromadske’s Editor-In-Chief (Ukraine)

Anglelina Kariakina is a Ukrainian journalist with special expertise in foreign affairs. She worked as the Euronews Kyiv correspondent between 2011-2015. She focused onUkrainian political and social affairs, the Maidan protests, Russian aggression and conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Among other topics, she has closely followed the trials of political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko in Russia, and the refugee crisis in Hungary. In 2016 she started investigative documentary series "Traces of the revolution" with fellow journalist Anastasia Stanko, investigating the bloodiest days in the history of Ukrainian protests, for which the authors won the National Award for Best Investigation for this film in June 2016.



Katya Gorchinskaya, Hromadske’s CEO (Ukraine)

Katya Gorchinskaya is an accomplished journalist with a track record in foreign and Ukrainian media. Prior to the current position, she worked as the managing editor for investigative programming at RFE/RL. Before that she was the deputy chief editor of Ukraine's English-language newspaper, the Kyiv Post. Ms. Gorchinskaya has contributed to an array of western newspapers, including The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. She worked as the Regional Editor for Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a non-profit network of investigative journalism centers. She was the chief editor of YanukovychLeaks, a project that saved and analyzed documents dumped in the lake by former President Viktor Yanukovych before he ran away from Ukraine in the wake of the revolution in 2014.


Anton Shekhovtsov, Legatum Institute Fellow (UK)

Anton Shekhovtsov is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Austria), Fellow of the Legatum Institute (UK), and General Editor of the “Explorations of the Far Right” book series at ibidem-Verlag (Germany).

Mr. Shekhovtsov’s  main area of expertise is the European far right, relations between Russia and radical right-wing parties in the West, and non-liberal trends in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of the Russian language book New Radical Right-Wing Parties in European Democracies (Stuttgart, 2011) and the forthcoming book Russia and the Western Far Right (London, 2017), as well as co-editor of The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right (Basingstoke, 2014) and White Power Music (Ilford, 2012). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, and published several academic articles in Journal of Democracy, Russian Politics and Law, Europe-Asia Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice among others.


Karolina Sitek, European Endowment for Democracy (Belgium)

Jerzy Pomianowski took the leadership of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) after two years as Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland. In this most recent position, he coordinated, among others, the Polish Foreign Policy democratization agenda, which included the establishment of the EED, a flagship initiative of the Polish EU Presidency in 2011. Pomianowski began his career as a civil servant in 1990, just after the fall of communism, first in the Ministry of Education, and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After being in charge of Poland’s relations with Asia, Middle East and Africa, he was Ambassador to Japan from 1997-2002.


Ivars Belte, Public Broadcasting, Chairman of the Board (Latvia)

Ivars Belte is the Chairman of the Board at Latvian Television, the country’s public broadcaster. From 2011 to 2013 he occupied the position of the CEO at advertising sales house Video International in Ukraine. In years 2007‐2011 Mr. Belte was the executive director of Baltic Media Alliance – a major Russian language media holding company in the Baltic States, representing main Russian TV channels, newspaper and internet.   Mr. Belte also worked as Sales Director at Modern Times Group MTG, TV3 Latvia, broadcast group in Baltics, and as Managing Director at AS DIENA, the largest morning newspaper in Latvia.



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