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Russian journalist explores the state of the media in the age of Putin on November 9

Russian journalist explores the state of the media in the age of Putin on November 9

TITLE:        "How to Be Your Own Censor: The Russian Media in the Times of Putin"

WHAT:         Masha Gessen, author of the new book "Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace," (The Dial Press) and a journalist living and working in Moscow, addresses the condition of the Russian media through the term of Alexander Putin's presidency.

WHEN:          4:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 9

WHERE:       Psychology Auditorium (Room 105), Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. (use east parking lot off Woodstock Blvd.)

COST:             Admission is free. The lecture is sponsored by the Reed College Russian department.

CONTACT:    For more information, please call the public events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Masha Gessen
Gessen is the deputy editor in chief of Bolshoy Gorod ("The Big City"), the alternative city weekly in Moscow and the highest-circulation independent paper in the Russian capital. She is also a special correspondent for The New Republic , where she has been writing about Russia for 10 years.

Gessen has also served as Moscow bureau chief for US News and World Report and senior correspondent for Itogi , a Russian newsweekly. She is also the author of "Dead Again: The Russian Intelligentsia After Communism" (Verso, 1997), and the recipient of many professional awards, including a 2004 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

She was born in Moscow, emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States with her family in 1981 and returned to Moscow as a reporter in the early 1990s. In addition to Russia, she has reported from the Balkans. Her writing has appeared in Slate , Lingua Franca , Wired , Granta , and other magazines.


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