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Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist and writer, and the former editor in chief of Dozhd, the only independent TV station in Russia. Under Zygar’s 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 Russia’s 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. 

Mikhail 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 Kremlin’s Men, is based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s 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.