David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, will join dissident Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats for a discussion on Russia’s past and present on Thurs., Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. EST at New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (19 University Place, Second Floor [at E. 8th Street]).
The event is the latest in a new series hosted by Yevgenia Albats, a Jordan Center Distinguished Journalist in Residence. In this series, Albats is joined by leading experts— journalists, researchers, and foreign service officers, among others—in one-on-one, public conversations regarding the most pressing issues in our understanding of Russia today.
David Remnick has been editor of the New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. Remnick began his reporting career as a staff writer at the Washington Post in 1982. In 1988, he started a four-year tenure as a Washington Post Moscow correspondent, an experience that formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Remnick has written six books, including: Lenin’s Tomb, Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia, King of the World (a biography of Muhammad Ali), The Bridge (a biography of Barack Obama), and The Devil Problem and Reporting.
Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. She has been political editor and then editor-in-chief and CEO of the New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28, 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Albats continues to run the newtimes.ru, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country in the last week of August 2022—after she was fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent. Since 2004, Albats has hosted “Absolute Albats,” a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. The radio station was taken off the air a week after the war in Ukraine started. Albats moved her talk show to her YouTube channel; it now has more than 100,000 subscribers. Albats is the author of the four independently researched books, including one on the history of the KGB.
In-person attendees should be prepared to show a government-issued ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster.
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