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ICYMI: Russian Journalist Elena Kostyuchenko to Speak at W&M

(William & Mary)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Reves Center for International Studies announced that Russian Journalist Elena Kostyuchenko will speak at William & Mary on March 21.

Kostyuchenko, the author of “I Love Russia: Reporting from a Lost Country,” will speak on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. in Washington 201. Her talk is entitled “The New Social Journalism in Russia & Ukraine,” and is free and open to the public.

According to William & Mary, the Russian journalist and investigative reporter for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta was targeted for assassination by the Russian government because of her reporting from the war in Ukraine. She was the first journalist to write about the punk protest band Pussy Riot and about the Zhanaozen massacre in 2011.

“I Love Russia: Reporting From a Lost Country” was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker and Time and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. William & Mary notes in her review of the book for the New York Times Book Review, Valerie Hopkins, W&M alumna and international correspondent for The New York Times based in Moscow, described it as, “Jaw-dropping . . . her style of brave, intimate reporting is likely to be a rarity in Russia for years to come.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Gregory Tepper Lecture Fund; Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program; Reves Center for International Studies; Global Research Institute; Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; and Film & Media Studies.

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