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Notes from the frontline: Misinformation and propaganda wars in Ukraine and Russia

Maryana Drach, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service director, and Gulmira Amangalieva, reporter at Freenews-Volga
2:00pm, Wednesday 12 February 2020
E. P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Maryana Drach is the RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service director. She oversaw the service’s award-winning coverage of the country’s 2013-2014 Maidan demonstrations, corruption scandals and the conflicts in Russian-annexed Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Drach has an undergraduate degree in international studies from Roosevelt University (Chicago) and a graduate degree in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration and Local Government in Ukraine. Maryana is a Reuters Institute Journalist Fellow sponsored by the David Levy Fellowship for International Dialogue. 

Gulmira Amangalieva has worked for seven years as a journalist for Russia’s independent regional press. She currently works for FreeNews-Volga, an online newspaper based in Saratov. Prior to that, she was a staff correspondent at Gazeta nedeli v Saratove, a regional newspaper. She has focused on the issues of poverty, labour working conditions, migration, national minorities, government negligence, and civil rights violations. Gulmira holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Law from Saratov State University, where she was awarded the Oxford Russian Fund scholarship for academic achievements. Gulmira is a Reuters Institute Journalist Fellow sponsored by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.