The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) annual meeting was held in Moscow last week and it was my first visit to Russia since the dramatic and turbulent days of Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s. Then one Rouble was worth one Pound Sterling. Now 100 Roubles are worth £1.40! That’s not all that has changed of course, but that’s another story!
We were the guests of the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) who are facing increasing opposition from the Russian government for their brave stand in defence of ethical, honest and independent journalism. It has cost many journalists their lives, 56 since 1992 and their pictures hang as a grim reminder in the main hall of the union’s headquarters, situated in Nikita Boulevard, only a few minutes drive from the Kremlin and ‘Red’ (Beautiful) Square. Continue reading Moscow revisited