Narrative In Putin’s Russia

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While the term “narrative” can mean many things to many people, when it comes to Vladimir Putin’s Russia it is defined first by the state’s control of major media along with the increasing censorship of dissenting voices. This is more than an internal matter. Currently, Russia’s operations in Ukraine depend on the employment of propaganda and information operations that succeed in part because of the difficulty opposing voices have in being heard. Future Russian “hybrid warfare” operations will also rely on this ability to shape narrative, which makes questions of censorship and freedom of expression all the more urgent to consider.

On January 28 at 4:00 pm ET at the Atlantic Council in Washington, the Atlantic Council and PEN America will host four of Russia’s leading writers who know first-hand how the falling curtain in Russia’s creative space is shaping discourse to the Kremlin’s benefit inside the country — and abroad.

Register for the event or its webcast.

The writers are:

Lyudmila Ulitskaya
Russian Writer
Winner of the Russian Booker Prize and the Simone de Beauvoir Prize

Ilya Danishevsky
Chief Editor 
Vremena Publishing House

Maria Stepanova
Poet, Critic, and Independent Journalist
Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of and Editor of

Anna Nemzer
Russian Novelist and Editor 
TV Rain (Dozhd)