Olga Khvostunova

Olga Khvostunova is a Russian journalist and analyst at the Institute of Modern Russia. She holds a PhD in Political Science (Political Communications) from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Khvostunova worked as a Contributing Editor at Kommersant Publishing House (2005-2010), and is a former Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute (Columbia University). Her areas of expertise include political linguistics, media and communications, think-tanks, Russian affairs, and energy policy.

A Brief History of the Russian Media (Part 1/2)

March 18, 2014

A complete guide to who controls Russian news. Recent history of Russian media shows how the media system was preconditioned by the country's political development. In the 1990s, the Russian media system underwent major transformations following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The media were introduced to new realities: the...

The Nail in the Coffin of Russian Democracy

May 31, 2012

Despite Putin’s seemingly overwhelming victory, independent observers reported voter fraud and the Russian opposition continued protesting in Moscow and other major cities. International leaders were wary in offering their congratulations to the president-elect. The numbers diverge