As part of Online talks on Russian media we organise open discussion on the future of independent journalism in exile. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many independent Russian media outlets relocated abroad. Facing the threat of fines and arrests, hundreds of journalists left the country, but not the profession. Individual journalists and collectives are trying to (re)establish their operations from abroad to serve Russian-language people with alternative news agenda and opinions.

Open discussion invites everyone interested in the topic to discuss the future of (Russian) journalism in exile. During the event we aim to address the financial, legal, organisational and other challenges and solutions needed to support sustainable and effective model of independent journalism from abroad. Having Russia as the main case, we also consider other countries like Belarus or Azerbaijan where journalistic freedom is threatened. 


  • Elena Rodina (independent scholar)
  • Artem Filatov (journalist, founder of ‘Opyt Svobody’ media project)
  • Mariëlle Wijermars (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Salla Nazarenko (Finnish Journalists’ Union) 

Open discussion will be organised October, 27 from 17:30 to 19:00 (Helsinki time) in hybrid format. If you want to join the open discussion online, please leave your contact information here until October, 26 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, you will get the information.

Moderators: Olga Dovbysh (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland) and Katja Lehtisaari (Tampere University, Finland)

Online talk on Russian Media is a collaborative initiative between Russian Media Lab Network, University of Helsinki, and Tampere Research Center for Russian and Chinese Media.


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