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.
The writers are:
Winner of the Russian Booker Prize and the Simone de Beauvoir Prize
Vremena Publishing House
Poet, Critic, and Independent Journalist
Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of OpenState.ru and Editor of Colta.ru
Russian Novelist and Editor
TV Rain (Dozhd)