The Paul Klebnikov Fund

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Oleg Kashin Wins 2012 Paul Klebnikov Fund Journalism Fellowship

7 February 2012

Oleg Kashin


New York, NY – The Paul Klebnikov Fund is pleased to announce the selection of Oleg Kashin as its 2012 Journalism Fellow. As a fellow, he will come to New York City for a period of professional development, beginning March 6th, immediately following the completion of Russian presidential elections. A special correspondent and blogger for the Russian daily newspaper and media company, Kommersant, Kashin is well known for his bold reporting on issues related to Russian politics and business.

On March 8th, Kashin will give his insight into the results of the Russian presidential election and discuss the state of journalism in Russia at an event hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. The event will be held from 6:00 -8:00 PM at the Kraft Center at 606 West 115th Street (between Broadway and Riverside Drive). Admission is free but RSVP is requested.

While in New York, Kashin will be hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. He will meet with academic experts in journalism and communications there as well as with practitioners at The New York Times and other professionals.

On November 6, 2010, Kashin was attacked and severely beaten near his home in Moscow in an assault seen by many as be motivated by his reporting. Prior to the attack, he had been reporting on the actions of pro-Kremlin youth political movements and a planned highway through the Khimki Forest near Moscow. Shortly after the attack President Dmitri Medvedev declared that, "whoever is involved in this crime will be punished regardless of his position, place in society or accomplishments." Nobody has yet been charged with the crime.

About the Fund

The Paul Klebnikov Fund was established in the memory of Paul Klebnikov, American journalist and editor of Forbes Russia, who was assassinated in Moscow in 2004. It upholds the growth of civil society in Russia by supporting journalistic integrity, the rule of law and the preservation of cultural heritage. The Paul Klebnikov Fund will soon become the Paul Klebnikov Civil Society Fellowship at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

Contact Information:

Musa Klebnikov, Executive Director
Justin Gilstrap, Program Manager
Tel/Fax: (212) 721-4916

Background Stories About Oleg Kashin:

"Oleg Kashin's Horrible Truth," November 6, 2010. Foreign Policy. By Julia Ioffe

"Russian President Vows Action after Reporters Attacked," November 8, 2010 British Broadcasting Corporation.

"Sticks and Stones: The Blogs of Oleg Kashin," November 13, 2010. Open Democracy - Russia. by Mumin Shakirov

"Picket in Support of Oleg Kashin," November 11, 2010. Demotix.

Articles By Oleg Kashin:

"A Beating on My Beat," December 11, 2010. The New York Times.

"Wolves and Fathers: The Stavropol' Regional Government has Made Changes to the Laws of Nature," March 26, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"They Sat for 15 Days in One Country, then Went to Another: Alexei Navalny is Free," December 21, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"Opposition Bundle: Oleg Kashin on the Formation of the History of Protests," December 25, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"They Agreed: Ramzan and the Marble," October 10, 2010 Kommersant (in Russian).

"The Last Blast of 'Locomotive': The Hockey Players who Died Leave the Ice for the Last Time," September 12, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"The Wreck of the Bulgaria," July 18, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"On Day of Mourning in Kazan for the Bulgaria, Search for the Perpetrators of the Tragedy," July 13, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"'Unnecessary Hope Interferes': It Starts with the Identification of the Dead from the Bulgaria" July 12, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"'Guys, I'll Take You'" July 4, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian)

"'There are No Explosions and Still It's Impossible to Live': Authorities Remove the Effects of PE in Military Warehouses," August 6, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"Flood Managers: How the Authorities in the Krasnodar Region Struggled with Flooding," June 6, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"'Maybe But We Have Enough Controllers' Advisor to the Russian President Talks about His Big Communal Farm" April 20, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).

"Brotherhood of the iPhone," April 18, 2011. Kommersant (in Russian).