Deputy editor-in-chief, Meduza.io
Ivan Kolpakov is deputy editor-in-chief at Meduza.io, a Russian media outlet based in Riga, Latvia. He started working as a journalist in 2001 in Perm (an industrial city in the center of Russia) where he contributed to local political and business newspapers. In 2010, he launched his own project; Salt, a political and satirical magazine, also based in Perm. It closed down less than two years later because of problems with investors and officials. In 2012, Ivan moved to Moscow and became the head of the special reporters department at Lenta.ru, at that time Russia’s most popular online publication. He left Lenta.ru with the rest of the team following the firing of its editor-in-chief Galina Timchenko. Together with Timchenko he founded Meduza, which has been called Russia’s free press in exile. The project was an instant success. In the eyes of many Russian readers, Meduza has become one of the most popular and reliable media outlets available in Russian.
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