Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: Russia in the Age of Putin

July 11, 2017|

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Father John, Russian archpriest. Image by Zach Fannin. Russia, 2017.

Father John, Russian archpriest. Image by Zach Fannin. Russia, 2017.

Inside Russia

Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin

This week, in a special six-part series for the PBS NewsHour, grantees Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin offer a revealing look at Russia in the age of Putin. They begin with an examination of the new Russian identity, a combination of religion, pre-Soviet traditions, and a rediscovered patriotism that helps explain how Putin acts and why he remains popular. The second segment, which airs this evening, highlights Russia’s effective use of propaganda, from troll factories to Kremlin-controlled television networks. Russia’s most prominent anchor tells Nick that his job is not only to persuade Russians, but also to weaponize information against Russia’s enemies.

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Image from PBS NewsHour video "As Venezuela's economy plummets, mass exodus ensues" by Bruno Federico. Venezuela, 2017.

Image from PBS NewsHour video "As Venezuela's economy plummets, mass exodus ensues" by Bruno Federico. Venezuela, 2017.

A Deepening Crisis in Venezuela

Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico

Venezuela’s economy is in freefall and so far this year an estimated 100,000 Venezuelans have fled across the border to Colombia. Grantees Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico speak with some of the most desperate.

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Milad began attending school while staying at a shelter in east Düsseldorf. After being relocated to the other side of the city, he continues to attend the same school, commuting an hour by bus and train each way, because of his attachment to friends and teachers. Image by Diana Markosian. Germany, 2016.

Milad began attending school while staying at a shelter in east Düsseldorf. After being relocated to the other side of the city, he continues to attend the same school, commuting an hour by bus and train each way, because of his attachment to friends and teachers. Image by Diana Markosian. Germany, 2016.

How a Young Refugee Sees Germany

Diana Markosian

Through photographs and drawings, a 14-year-old Afghan refugee joins with grantee Diana Markosian to tell the story of his journey to Germany. The work is featured on CNN’s website.