Mikhail Zygar

Mikhail Zygar


MIKHAIL ZYGAR is a Russian journalist, writer and filmmaker, and the founding editor-in-chief of Russia’s only independent news TV-channel, Dozhd\ TVRai (2010 – 2015).


Under Zygar’s leadership, Dozhd provided an alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal TV channels by focusing on news content and giving a platform to opposition voices. The channel’s coverage of politically sensitive issues, like the Moscow street protests in 2011 and 2012 as well as the conflict in the Ukraine, has been dramatically different from the official coverage by Russia’s national television stations. In 2014, Zygar received the CPJ International Press Freedom Award.


Zygar’s bestseller All the Kremlin’s Men (2015) is based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, presenting a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. The Time magazine named it ‘one of 9 books to understand Russia’. His book The Empire Must Die (2017) portrays the years leading up to the Russian revolution and the vivid drama of Russia’s brief and exotic experiment with civil society before it was swept away by the Communist Revolution. It was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. His new book War and Punisihment: Putin, Zelensky, and the Path to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine was published in July 2023 by Scribner in the US and Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK.


In February, 2022 after Russia’s invasion to Ukraine Zygar authored a petition against the invasion to Ukraine co-signed by Russia’s most prominent writers, artists and scholars. In March, 2022 organized the only interview of President Zelensky for the independent Russian media. Currently lives in Berlin, Germany