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Meduza logo.svg
Type of site
News aggregator
Online newspaper
Available inRussian
HeadquartersRiga, Latvia
EditorIvan Kolpakov[1]
Alexa rankRise 2,329 (March 2018)[2]
LaunchedOctober 20, 2014
Current statusActive

Meduza is a Riga-based online newspaper and news aggregator in the Russian language, headed by Galina Timchenko, the former editor-in-chief of Russian news website


Meduza is an aggregator of news, texts and podcasts in Russian that are selected manually, unlike the automatic rankings of Yandex News. The main criterion for publication of content is the relevance and reliability of the information, not the status of the source.[3] Also, Meduza creates its own materials. The site includes five main topics, and has no sections or columns. One of the formats of the publication is the analysis of complex issues using cards, similar to the American project[citation needed]

In February 2015, the website also launched an English-language version. In January 2016, founder and CEO Galina Timchenko handed over the role of chief editor to her deputy Ivan Kolpakov.[4] In November 2018, Kolpakov announced his resignation after a sexual harassment scandal.[5] He was reinstated as chief editor on March 11, 2019.[1]


Meduza is run by a team of around 20 journalists who resigned from their jobs at following Galina Timchenko's unexpected removal from her post by the website's owner and Vladimir Putin ally, the oligarch Alexander Mamut. There are no Latvian journalists in the project.

Timchenko told Forbes that the decision to base Meduza in Latvia was made since "right now, establishing an independent Russian language publishing house in Latvia is possible, while in Russia it is not."[6] Russian businessman and former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and telecommunications magnate Boris Zimin had been considered as passive investors; however, they parted ways "for strategic and operational reasons".[6]


According to Timchenko, Meduza will not only serve as an aggregator, but also produce its own content. Thus, it aims to fill a market niche which exists due to "a long list of forbidden topics which Russian media do not raise for various reasons — due to direct and indirect censorship."[6]

The day after it was launched, Meduza was blocked[7] in Kazakhstan, probably due to an article[8] about the city of Oskemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk).

The site has also been blocked in Uzbekistan.[9] The reasons for this are unclear.

Meduza has deployed technical means to circumvent censorship with their mobile apps. [10]

In June 2019, Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested by Russian police for drugs offences. Colleagues and friends of Golunov said they believed the charges to be fabricated, motivated by his investigations into corruption.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Ivan Kolpakov has been named Meduza’s chief editor
  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  3. ^ Beard, Nadia (23 October 2014). "Russian journalists set up shop in Latvia after Kremlin crackdown". Retrieved 11 July 2017 – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ Meduza chief editor steps down, remains as CEO, Meduza, January 28, 2016.
  5. ^ A harassment scandal at Meduza
  6. ^ a b c "Галина Тимченко: "Никто из нас не мечтает делать «Колокол"". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ Лихачёв, Никита (21 October 2014). "Издание Meduza заблокировали в Казахстане после репортажа из Усть-Каменогорска". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Усть-Каменогорская народная республика: Ждут ли русские в Казахстане "вежливых людей": репортаж Ильи Азара — Meduza". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  9. ^ trim_c (2016-10-30). "Медуза идет впереди". trim_c. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  10. ^ Galimov, Samat (15 April 2016). "Кошки-мышки в Казахстане". Meduza : dev.
  11. ^ Roth, Andrew (June 7, 2019). "Russian police accused of arresting journalist on false charges". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved June 7, 2019.

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