PBS NewsHour Series “Inside Putin’s Russia” Explores Russian Identity and Disinformation, the Nation’s Tense Relationship with the U.S. July 10 – 15

WASHINGTON, DC (July 7, 2017) — PBS NewsHour special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin go inside Russia for an unprecedented series – Inside Putin’s Russia – that explores everything from the bilateral relationship with the United States to ascendant nationalism, widespread propaganda, and the fate of President Vladimir Putin’s enemies. The series, produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, will air across six nights (Monday, July 10 – Saturday, July 15, check local listings), representing one of the most robust reporting efforts in recent memory from Russia by an American television program.

The series begins Monday, July 10 with an examination of the new Russian identity — a combination of religion, pre-Soviet traditions, and re-established patriotism — that helps explain how Putin acts and why he remains popular. The second story (Tuesday, July 11) highlights Russia’s widespread and effective use of propaganda, from troll factories to Kremlin-controlled television networks. In the third piece (Wednesday, July 12), Schifrin and Fannin travel to Dagestan to investigate the Islamist insurgency, the state’s response that critics call brutal, and how Dagestanis say Russian intelligence agents facilitated young radicals’ travel to join ISIS. The fourth and sixth stories (Thursday, July 13 and Saturday, July 15, respectively) feature the Kremlin’s enemies discussing the state of the opposition and the Kremlin critics who have ended up dead. In the fifth piece (Friday, July 14), PBS NewsHour examines the bilateral relationship, revealing why early Russian optimism for President Trump evaporated and the state of the ongoing investigations into President Trump and his campaign.

Schifrin is an American foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 35 countries since moving overseas in 2007. For NewsHour, he has reported from Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ukraine, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. In August and September 2016, he served as NPR’s Jerusalem Correspondent, reporting from Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. From 2008-2012, Schifrin served as the ABC News correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011, he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death and delivered one of the year’s biggest exclusives: The first video from inside bin Laden’s compound. From 2012-2013, he was Al Jazeera America’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem, leading the channel’s coverage of the 2014 Gaza War. He has won Emmy, Overseas Press Club, National Headliners, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Fannin is a freelance producer, editor and cameraperson who has worked for PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Vocativ/MSNBC, News Corp, Bloomberg TV and The Daily Beast. Prior to his freelance work, he was a producer and editor at ABC News for close to a decade, working primarily for World News Tonight. At ABC, Fannin was the recipient of both an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Alfred I. duPont Award.

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