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Andrei Zolotov

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Andrei Zolotov, Jr. is the Executive Editor (Europe) of Russia Direct. He graduated from the Moscow State University (MGU) in 1992 and began his journalistic career as Moscow correspondent for the Ecumenical News International (ENI). From 1997 to 2003, he was senior political correspondent at The Moscow Times. In 1998, he was awarded John Templeton European Religion Writer of the Year prize. In 2004, Mr. Zolotov launched Russia Proifle – an English-language expert magazine and website published by RIA Novosti, and ran it as chief editor for eight years. From 2009 to 2012 he also served as deputy head of RIA Novosti’s foreign language service. In 2013 Mr. Zolotov was posted to Vienna where he worked until the end of 2015 as RIA Novosti’s bureau chief. Apart from his studies at MGU, Mr. Zolotov also spent academic years at Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY) and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2008/09 he was Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Mr. Zolotov has a long-standing interest in the issues of media policy, arts, relations between church, state and society in Russia and Orthodox Christianity worldwide. Mr. Zolotov was one of the founding members of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

28.06.2016

Will Turkey's apology for downing the Russian jet alleviate tensions?

Will Turkey's apology for downing the Russian jet alleviate tensions?

Debates: With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing his regrets for downing a Russian jet close to the Turkey-Syria border in November 2015, it remains to be seen if this move will improve Moscow-Ankara relations

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25.06.2016

Brexit: Implications for Russia, Europe and the world

Brexit: Implications for Russia, Europe and the world

Debates: In the aftermath of Britain’s surprising vote to exit from the European Union, Russia Direct interviewed top experts and officials in Europe and Russia to get their views on the possible implications

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17.06.2016

What a compromise solution for Ukraine might look like

What a compromise solution for Ukraine might look like

At an event in Vienna, experts from Russia, Ukraine and Europe discussed the factors and conditions that would be required to finally resolve the Ukraine crisis

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06.06.2016

Russia-EU relations: Still waiting for a new shift in momentum

Russia-EU relations: Still waiting for a new shift in momentum

RD Interview: Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, comments on Russia’s attempts to improve relations with its European partners

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25.05.2016

Russia and NATO: The return of the Cold War model of confrontation

Russia and NATO: The return of the Cold War model of confrontation

RD Interview: Russia’s Ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, explains why we should expect a worsening trend in Russia-NATO relations as long as European security is viewed in Cold War terms

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18.05.2016

In search of new principles to guide Russia-EU relations

In search of new principles to guide Russia-EU relations

At a Valdai Discussion Club event on May 17 in Brussels, experts from Russia and the EU discussed the current state of Moscow’s relationship with Europe, what Russia wants from the EU and how to move forward with the relationship

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22.04.2016

How the OSCE views Europe's war on terror

How the OSCE views Europe's war on terror

RD Interview: The Secretary General of the OSCE discusses the latest on Ukraine, European counter-terrorism, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the goals of his upcoming trip to Moscow

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28.03.2016

Don't read too much into Russia's absence at Nuclear Security Summit

Don't read too much into Russia's absence at Nuclear Security Summit

RD Interview: Russia’s Ambassador in Vienna explains why Moscow dismisses the Nuclear Security Summit

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02.03.2016

Russia's parliamentarians lead the charge against EU sanctions

Russia's parliamentarians lead the charge against EU sanctions

At the recent meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, it was impossible not to notice how Austria took a much more constructive approach to engaging Russian parliamentarians than did Finland last summer

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16.02.2016

Ukraine theme stands out in the landmark Orthodox-Catholic declaration

Ukraine theme stands out in the landmark Orthodox-Catholic declaration

An unexpectedly religious declaration from Havana could have important implications for the crises in Ukraine and in Syria. And it might even be used to solidify Russia’s arguments about the role of family values in a secularizing Europe

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10.02.2016

The Russian Orthodox Church looks for a paradigm shift in Havana

The Russian Orthodox Church looks for a paradigm shift in Havana

In Cuba this week, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet to build bridges between Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches. So why now?

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07.01.2014

Russian Orthodox Church: Icons of Russia's soft power

Russian Orthodox Church: Icons of Russia's soft power

With Russians celebrating Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7, RD sheds light on the role that the Orthodox Church is playing in extending Moscow's reach in the global arena

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