Institutional Persistence: The Role of the Political Police in the USSR and Present Day Russia
Since 2004, Yevgenia M. Albats has hosted Absolute Albats, a talk-show on Ekho Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990 and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1980 and received her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2004.
She has been a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since its founding in 1996. Albats taught at Yale from 2003-2004, and she was a full-time professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, where she taught institutional theory of the state and bureaucracy until 2011, when her courses were cancelled at the request of top Kremlin officials.
In 2017, Albats was chosen as inaugural fellow at Kelly’s Writers House and Perry House at the University of Pennsylvania. Albats is the author of the four independently researched books, including one on the history of the Russian political police, the KGB, whose former members are running the country today. She resides in Moscow, Russia.
Albats has been named the inaugural International Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020 in partnership with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), an affiliate of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
More information about Ms. Albats:
- Journalist Yevgenia Albats on criticizing the Kremlin (Amanpour & Co., PBS, February 2019)
- Russia: Independent magazine faces huge fine (Human Rights Watch, November 2018)
- An independent magazine is under threat in Russia (The Washington Post, November 2018)
- Hillary Clinton leads discussion on the rise of strongmen around the world (Women in the World YouTube channel, April 2018)
- The direction of Russian politics and the Putin factor (AtlanticCouncil YouTube channel, February 2018)
- ‘You can get killed’: journalists living in fear as states crack down (The Guardian, November 2017)
- The Putin Files: Yevgenia Albats (Frontline PBS YouTube channel, October 2017)
- Meet the Russian Jewish journalists challenging Putin Today (Forward, August 2017)
- The State Within a State: The KGB and Its Hold on Russia—Past, Present and Future(by Yevgenia Albats, 1994)