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Click the image to the left or follow the link below for a full listing of events at the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia this semester.

WCEE Winter Events

CREES Book Talk Featuring Elena Kostyuchenko, Russian independent journalist and writer

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
5:30-7:00 PM
1010 Weiser Hall Map
Elena Kostyuchenko will present her new book, I Love Russia: Reporting from a Lost Country. Her book is a collection of reportage and personal essays from the past 15 years. To be a journalist is to tell the truth. I Love Russia is Kostyuchenko's unrelenting attempt to document her country as experienced by those whom it systematically and brutally erases: village girls recruited into sex work, queer people in the outer provinces, patients and doctors at a Ukrainian maternity ward, and reporters like herself.

Kostyuchenko is a Russian independent journalist. She was a special correspondent for Novaya Gazeta for 17 years until the newspaper shut down in March 2022 due to pressure from the Russian government. She reports on armed conflicts, crime, human rights, and social issues and was among the first journalists to document the presence of Russian troops in Eastern Ukraine, covering the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine since its second day. Currently, she collaborates with the exiled independent Russian media network Meduza. Kostyuchenko has received multiple journalism awards, including the European Press Prize, the Gerd Bucerius Prize Free Press of Eastern Europe, and the Paul Klebnikov Prize.

Kostyuchenko will be joined in conversation by Professor Elizabeth King, CREES Director.

A book signing will follow the lecture, with Kostyuchenko's book available for purchase from Literati.

Co-sponsors: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Institute for Research on Women and Gender

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Area Studies, Books, Crees, Discussion, eastern europe, European Studies, Journalism
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, International Institute, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Slavic Languages & Literatures

Videos of programs organized by WCEE affiliates are posted on the CES, CCPS, and CREES websites.

Videos of select events are also available on the University of Michigan's YouTube Channel.