Fred Weir

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Fred Weir is a Canadian journalist who lives in Moscow and specializes in Russian affairs. He is a Moscow correspondent for the Boston-based daily The Christian Science Monitor, and for the monthly Chicago magazine In These Times. He has been a regular contributor from Moscow to The Independent, South China Morning Post[1] and The Canadian Press.[2] He was also for 20 years the Moscow correspondent of Hindustan Times an Indian, English-language, daily newspaper based in Delhi.[2] Weir is the co-author, along with David Michael Kotz, of Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System, published in 1996, which provides a new interpretation and research for the disintegration of the USSR.[1]

Weir studied Russian and Soviet history at the University of Toronto. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel in 1973-74, travelled extensively around the Middle East, the USSR and Eastern Europe, before choosing to move to the Soviet Union to live and work as a journalist in 1986.[2][3] He married Mariam Shaumian, a Russian-Armenian, in 1987. They have two children: Tanya, born in 1988, and Charlie, born in 2000.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Fred Weir". In These Times. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
  2. ^ a b c d Kotz, David Michael; Weir, Fred (1997). Revolution from above: the demise of the Soviet system. Routledge. p. x (Preface). ISBN 978-0-415-14317-2.
  3. ^ Fred Weir. "A Red Diaper Baby in Putin's Moscow". Walrus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2011-06-12.