It’s 100 years since the Russian Revolution but there is still no official version of events. In Russia, it is feared that Putin will use the revolution’s centenary to further push his agenda. Journalist Mikhail Zygar (All The Kremlin’s Men) believes it is crucial for the Russian ‘national consciousness’ to understand the communist uprising and what it means for Russia today. He joins the ABC's former Moscow correspondent Norman Hermant to discuss the legacy of 1917, in conversation with Sally Warhaft.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Mikhail Zygar (International)

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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.

Norman Hermant (Australian)

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Norman Hermant is the ABC’s social affairs correspondent. From 2010-2013, Norman was the ABC’s Moscow correspondent, covering stories including protests against the Kremlin, crackdowns on militants in North Caucus, the bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, attacks at the Gay Pride parade in Moscow and the murders of many Russian journalists.

Sally Warhaft (Australian)

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Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.