Vitaly Portnikov

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Vitaly Portnikov
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Vitaly Portnikov in 2011
Vitaly Eduardovich Portnikov

(1967-05-14) May 14, 1967 (age 51)
NationalitySoviet Union Soviet Union
Ukraine Ukraine
Alma materMSU Faculty of Journalism

Vitaly Eduardovich Portnikov (Ukrainian: Віталій Едуардович Портников; born 1967) is a Ukrainian editor and journalist.[1]


Portnikov was born in 1967 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (modern-day Ukraine). He graduated from the MSU Faculty of Journalism in 1990.[1] During his studies, he cooperated with the Kiev newspaper Molod' Ukrainy.[1]

Since 1989, he works as the analyst of the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, specializing in post-Soviet countries, and cooperates with the Russian and Ukrainian services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.[1]

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.[1] He is the columnist of the Israel's most-popular Russian-language newspaper Vesti and Moscow-based Evreiskie novosti.

In May 2010 Portnikov was appointed editor-in-chief of TVi.[1] In November 2012 he became president of this channel.[2]

In November 2013 Portnikov started creating programs for Espreso TV.[3]

In 2013 Portnikov was one of the organisers of the Euromaidan demonstrations.[4] 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.[4] Prior to this happening, a video which had intimate and illegally obtained images of Portnikov was leaked on the internet.[5] 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.[6]


Vitaly Portnikov is the winner of the "Zolote Pero 1989", the award of the Ukrainian Association of Journalists.[1] He has also been nominated for the title of the Journalist of the Year in Ukraine.


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