Mikhail Zygar understands that being a journalist in Putin’s Russia is a dangerous job. For 21 of his colleagues, it has been fatal. Mikhail was Editor-in-Chief of Dozhd, Russia’s only independent TV station, before it faced unrelenting attacks from the Kremlin. His book, All the Kremlin’s Men, is an unprecedented series of interviews with Putin’s inner circle. It provides us with a surprising view of Russian politics that has made it a bestseller in Russia. With Jeff Sparrow.

Mikhail Zygar (International)

Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist and writer, and the former editor in chief of Dozhd, the only independent TV station in Russia. Under ZygarÕs leadership, Dozhd faced unrelenting attacks from the Kremlin, including laws banning advertising on private channels, forced staff cuts, eviction and the removal of the channel from RussiaÕs cable and satellite TV frequencies, shrinking its audience from 18 million households to 2 million households overnight. Prior to Dozhd, Zygar worked for Newsweek Russia and the business daily Kommersant, where he covered the conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Serbia, and Kosovo. He is co-author of the book Gazprom: Russia's New Weapon, which explores Russia's recent history through the currency of gas. His latest book, All the KremlinÕs Men, is based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir PutinÕs inner circle, presenting a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. Zygar is the founder of Project1917. Free History, an online project that enables participants to learn about the events of 1917 from those who lived during this defining moment of history.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and editor. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia; he appears on 3RRR's Breakfasters program and is the immediate past editor of Overland magazine. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right. His previous book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the Melbourne Prize.