Vitaly Portnikov in 2011
Vitaly Eduardovich Portnikov
May 14, 1967
|Nationality|| Soviet Union→|
|Alma mater||MSU Faculty of Journalism|
Portnikov was born in 1967 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (modern-day Ukraine). He graduated from the MSU Faculty of Journalism in 1990. During his studies, he cooperated with the Kiev newspaper Molod' Ukrainy.
As a free-lance journalist he has been publishing articles in Russian newspapers Russkiy Telegraf, Kommersant, Vedomosti, Vremya MN, Vremya novostey, Moskovskiye Novosti, Obshaya gazeta, Ukrainian Den', Korrespondent, Profil, Delovaya Nedelya, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, Kontrakty, Novynar, Glavred, Latvian Biznes & Baltia, Telegraf, Estonian Estonia, Postimees, Polish Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Polska, Belarusian Belgazeta. In 2007, he was the editor-in-chief of the Media-Dom holding & the Ukrainian newspaper Gazeta24. Since 2008, he has been the author of the weekly TV show "Kyivski pohliad". His areas of interest are also Jews and the Middle East. He is the columnist of the Israel's most-popular Russian-language newspaper Vesti and Moscow-based Evreiskie novosti.
In 2013 Portnikov was one of the organisers of the Euromaidan demonstrations. Late January 2014 he temporary lived in Warsaw (Poland) because he had received from his contacts in Russia strong evidence of a "provocation being prepared against him" to harm the Euromaidan movement. Prior to this happening, a video which had intimate and illegally obtained images of Portnikov was leaked on the internet. In July 2015 Portnikov became a member of the supervisory board Ukrainian National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting as a representative of the political party People's Front.
- Portinikov emerges as one of nation’s top journalists, offering fearless commentary, Kyiv Post (November 12, 2010)
- Portnikov becomes TVi president, Kyiv Post (27 November 2012)
- Short biography at nippon.com
- (in Russian) Vitaly Portnikov as a target, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (January 23, 2014)
(in Russian) The journalist Vitaly Portnikov left Ukraine "due to constant threats", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (January 22, 2014)
- (in Ukrainian) Malazoniya, Avrahov, Taran and Portnikov joined the Supervisory Board of Public, "Public Broadcasting project" (July 28, 2015)
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