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Natalia Zhdanova

Co-founder and co-host, 'To be continued'

Natalia has been covering key socio-political events for top-tier independent media (across online, radio, podcasts and YouTube) for more than 10 years. In 2020, together with a well-known Novaya Gazeta investigative journalist Pavel Kanygin she founded and successfully developed a political YouTube show, 'To be continued'/'Продолжение следует'. They covered they Russian invasion of Ukraine, interviewed dozens of prominent politicians, celebrities and journalists including the executive director of Bellingcat Christo Grozev and ex-owner of the Yukos oil company and ex-political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky). 

She launched a special season of the podcast with the most important publications about the war written by independent media and voiced by famous actors, musicians and activists among others. Natalia works with popular Russian independent media site Meduza, she is a voice of the political podcast 'Signal' and an author of the podcast 'Deadline' about Russian media in wartime (media in exile, censorship, propaganda).

Project topic: The wartime model of Russian propaganda: myths, techniques and ways to escape

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters Foundation