Yevgeni Kiselev

Russian media personality, journalist, and political analyst

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Yevgeni Kiselev is a Russian media personality, journalist, and political analyst. He became a household name as a prominent presenter on the popular NTV television channel. In the 1990s, he hosted the weekly news show “Itogi,” which was modeled on the U.S. show 60 Minutes and highly critical of the Yeltsin administration and widespread government corruption. Kiselev was CEO of NTV at the time of a government crackdown on the channel in 2001, during which the editorial team was split up and control of station handed over to the state-owned oil company Gazprom. He managed to stay on Russian television for two more years on other stations until being forced out. He then worked as a freelancer, hosting shows on Echo Moskvy radio station and publishing in both Russian and international outlets, including GQ, Forbes, and Vedomosti. Kiselev is a 1995 recipient of the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, which recognizes journalists who show courage in their reporting in the face of threats of violence and imprisonment. He is also the co-author of “Without Putin,” a book of dialogues between him and Russian politician Mikhail Kasyanov, chronicling the latter’s experiences in the Yeltsin and Putin administrations and, later, the opposition movement. Kiselev has lived in Kiev since 2008, where he leads news on the largest Ukrainian television channel, Inter.

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