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The Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations

Yevgenia Albats

  • 11/01/2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • The Philadelphia Club
  • 33


Dr. Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host, who is spending a year as distinguished journalist in residence at New York University. She was the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007 until just after Russia invaded Ukraine, when the Kremlin blocked its website. She continues to run and kept reporting at great risk from Moscow until she had to leave the country in late August - after being pronounced a foreign agent by the Russian government. Since 2004, Albats hosted Absolute Albats, a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, which was the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia until it was taken off the air a week after Russia started the Ukraine war. Albats moved her talk show to her YouTube channel which now has over 100k subscribers. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1980 and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 2004. Albats taught at Yale in 2003-2004. She was a full-time professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, teaching the institutional theory of the state and bureaucracy, until 2011 when her courses were canceled at the request of top Kremlin officials. In 2017 Albats was chosen as an inaugural fellow at Kelly’s Writers House and Perry House at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019 — 2020 she taught authoritarian politics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Albats is the author of four independently researched books, including one on the history of the Russian political police, the KGB, whose graduates are running the country today. She has a daughter and claims Moscow, Russia as her home.

The interim title for her talk is: "Inside Putin’s Russia Today, a unique perspective

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