Mikhail Zygar’s All the Kremlin’s Men 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 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)

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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.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

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Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, and broadcaster, and an honorary fellow at Victoria University. He writes a fortnightly column for The Guardian Australia and contributes regularly to many other publications, and is a member of the 3RRR Breakfasters radio team. Jeff is the immediate past editor of the literary and cultural journal Overland, and the author of several books, including Communism: A Love Story and Killing: Misadventures In Violence. His latest book is No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson.