Eurasian Enigma: Russian News Media and Elections with Anna Veduta

Meduza's Anna Veduta

Anna Veduta is Global Outreach Director for Meduza's English language version. She was previously press secretary to Alexei Navalny during his 2013 Moscow mayoral campaign.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Anna Veduta says she endured beatings by police while serving as press secretary for anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny’s 2013 Moscow mayoral campaign. Now she works for Meduza, a Riga-based Russian-language news site that is now available in English thanks to an ambitious translation effort. But while Meduza avoids Russian censorship in Riga, challenges remain. Veduta discusses how Russian-language independent media outlets struggle to survive both in Russia and abroad.

"If...someone in [the] Kremlin decided who is allowed to run and who is not allowed to run and who is put on your voting ballot, then I'm sorry, but you can't call this [an] election. This is, as I said, at most voting, but...for something pre-chosen for you by Vladimir Putin."