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In the four-day workshop “Decolonizing Journalism,” journalists engaged in a critical interrogation of the legacies of Russian colonialism and its continued effects on journalism in the post-Soviet sphere.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked a discussion about the imperialist aspects of Russia’s past and present alike. Today, Russia is home to around 190 ethnicities. Though these groups are Russian from an administrative and geographic standpoint, they are not ethnically Russian. This includes minorities that speak some 135 different languages.


This imperialist past also leaves its mark on Russian-language journalism. N-ost invited 19 journalists from 8 countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine) and 3 of Russia’s republics (Buryatia, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Tuva) to come together to discuss issues related to colonialism and discrimination.


In the project workshop, participants not only worked together to analyze media material but also came up with their own ideas for publications that would embody a decolonial and diversity-conscious journalism. Speakers from a range of professional and personal backgrounds with respect to Russian colonial history gave talks and facilitated workshops. The projects proposed by the participants were funded through mini-grants.

Project period: October 2022
Project partner: n-ost

The project was supported by funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).