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Daria Sukharchuk is a journalist based in Berlin, where she works as a news anchor for Russian-language OstWest.tv. Her writing has appeared in Motherboard and ZEIT Online, Cosmopolitan, as well as Afisha (Moscow's leading city magazine). She specializes on the topic of human rights, migration, and mental health.
She has her BA in Chinese history, and, never having forgotten her history background, has also contributed to the educational project1917.com.
How does investigative journalism work in a country like Russia with its oppressive government? Turns out, not so bad! Cue Roman Dobrokhotov, the journalist who worked together with Bellingcat to reveal the true identities of the two men behind the Novichok attack. The main source for it is the generally sloppy attitude to data security, and corruption—many sensitive databases were sold and resold on the internet for years. The Russia Guy is a podcast hosted and produced by Kevin Rothrock, who works for Meduza, a leading independent Russian publication. He interviews people from academia and think-tanks for their comments on current Russian affairs. Most of his guests might not be too interesting to people outside of Russian studies, but this interview with Dobrokhotov is an exception. More than anything, it's a great insight into how online journalism works in Russia.