One of the most famous independent journalists from Russia worked as a TV reporter for the federal television channel NTV until 2012. During her time at NTV, she reported as a war correspondent from the frontlines of Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, but later resigned from the channel due to a disagreement with their program agenda.
She left Moscow out of protest in 2014, after Russia’s remorseless annexation of Crimea and seizure of part of Eastern Ukraine. In 2020, she created her own You-Tube channel, which today has more than 1.3 million subscribers.To make her documentary film Humans At War Katerina Gordeeva travelled to dozens of refugee shelters in both Europe and Russia. She collected first account interviews of people with opposing views about their experiences and how the war had drastically changed their lives. This three-hour testimonial film has been viewed by more than 2.5 million people. In the summer of 2022, Gordeeva was named as one of the top 10 most influential independent journalists in Russia. She is a five-time winner of the only independent professional award in Russia, the Redcollegia. Gordeeva was awarded the Anna Politkovskaya International Journalism Prize in August of 2022, an award that truly honors her commitment to independent journalism. Katerina continues everyday to devote her integrity to unbiased journalism in these very challenging times.