Controversial Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, in conversation with Michael Wesley

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 05 June 2019


Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Building (130),Garran Road, ANU


Yevgenia Albats, Editor-in-Chief & CEO, The New Times


Angus Blackman

As Australia and others track Russia’s movements closely, join independent Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats and Professor Michael Wesley to discuss the interplay between its domestic politics and its disposition to shape events beyond its borders.

Forthright journalist and radio host on Russia’s only remaining liberal radio station, Yevgenia Albats has risked controversy and criticism throughout her 20+ year media career.

Also holding a PhD in political science from Harvard University, she is one of the most qualified people to talk about her homeland to ever arrive on Australia’s shores. Free event, registrations essential.

About the speakers

Yevgenia M Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author and radio host. Since 2007, she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly. It went digital-only since June of 2017, when the Russian authorities severed its distribution and sales. Since 2004, Albats has hosted ‘Absolute Albats’, a talk show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1980, and received her PhD in Political Science from Harvard University in 2004.

Professor Michael Wesley is Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University (ANU). He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the Politics of state-building interventions. Previously, Professor Wesley was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (2014-2016), the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (2009-2012), Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University (2004-2009), and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments (2003-2004). He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and his BA (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

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