For a lot of Russians hearing the news means navigating carefully constructed images of ‘the truth’. What does it mean to live in a land where you are not sure what ‘reality’ is? And what image does Russia present to the Russians concerning the war with Ukraine? Political scientist Ekaterina Schulman presents clarity on her youtube channel with more than a million followers. Ekaterina is one of the most prominent liberal voices and works from Berlin since fleeing Russia in 2013. We talk with her about recent developments in Russia, the war with Ukraine and the role of the media.
Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist specialising in the legislative process in modern Russia, parliamentarism and decision-making mechanisms in hybrid political regimes. Since 2022 Ekaterina is marked as a ‘foreign agent’ by Russia, which means she cannot return to Russia to work or teach.