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.
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.
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.