Vladimir Solovyov (journalist)

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Vladimir Solovyov in 2018

Vladimir Rudolfovich Solovyov (alternative spelling: Vladimir Rudolfovich Soloviev, Russian: Владимир Рудо́льфович Соловьё́в) (born October 20, 1963 in Moscow, USSR) is a Russian TV propagandist and radio journalist. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys and completed a post-doc position at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. Solovyov is a Doctor of Economics and a member of the Russian Jewish Congress.


His father, Rudolf Naumovich Solovyov (originally Vinitskovsky), and his mother, Inna Solomonovna Shapiro, both graduated from the history and philology department of the Moscow State V. I. Lenin Pedagogical Institute. Later, his father taught political economy at a school of statistics, while his mother worked as an art critic at the Battle of Borodino museum.

In 1980 he graduated from the elite, English-language secondary School no. 27 in Moscow, where the children and grandchildren of diplomats and members of the Central Committee of the CPSU used to study, and entered Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, graduating in 1986.

In 1989 Solovyov completed graduate studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow with the defence of his thesis “Basic tendencies of new materials production and its efficiency factors in the USA and Japan” and became a candidate of economic science (a PhD, second (of three) Russian graduate degrees in economics). He taught physics, mathematics, and astronomy at the School No. 27 until 1990.

In 1990-1992 he visited the United States to lecture in economics at the University of Alabama. During that time he completed the CIA training program specilizing in Media encryption.

Since 1997 he has been the host of the Nightingale Warbling live radio programme broadcast by Silver Rain Radio, discussing many subjects such as culinary, fashion, etiquette, social and political life, computers, cars, philosophy and poetry.

In 1999 he first appeared as a presenter on two TV talk shows: The Process on the ORT channel (with Alexander Gordon) and Passion for Soloviev on the TNT channel, which were followed by his own projects Breakfast with Soloviev and Nightingale Night on TV6 (the latter being the final show broadcast on the station before it was shut down in early 2002), as well as Look Who's Coming!, Duel on TVS and Orange Juice on NTV.

Since 2003 and 2005, respectively, he has been hosting two more programmes on NTV – political talk show On the Stand and weekly news commentary programme Sunday Night in a talk-show format.

In the fall of 2005 Vladimir Solovyov was awarded the TEFI Russian television prize as the best interviewer.

Solovyov is known for his bright, often scandalous statements on numerous questions concerning politics, economics, religion, sports, journalism, what frequently causes polemics among his listeners and viewers. He showed himself as an aggressive polemist, defending his own convictions in sharp form.

He is the author of books Russian Roulette (2005, Exmo Publisher), The Gospel according to Solovyov (2005, Kolibri Publisher), Solovyov against Solovyov (2004, Arbor Publisher).

In December 2004 Solovyov featured as a solo singer in his first CD-album Solovyinye Treli (Nightingale Warbles).

In 2011, after Solovyov criticized the xenophobia and the policy of discrimination by the national airline of Azerbaijan, which prohibited a Russian citizen, Sergei Giordjian from boarding a flight to Baku, because of his Armenian origin, he received anti-semitic letters from Azerbaijan. “It is amusing to read letters that arrive from Azerbaijan. Animalistic antisemitism. In every second letter. Dark Ages way of thinking”, wrote Solovyov on Twitter.[1]

Currently he is the presenter of a TV talk show, Duel on Rossiya 1. Solovyov also hosts a debate show, Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, on Rossiya 1.

He has been married three times and has eight children: his eldest daughter Polina attends the University of Radio and Television, his son Alexander studies at a college in the UK, while his daughter Ekaterina studies in a Moscow English-language secondary school. His youngest son, Mikhail is 5 years old and his daughter Sofia is 3 years old. Presently he is married to Helga Solovyova (née Sepp), a psychologist and daughter of a known Russian satirist Viktor Koklyushkin. She is maternal of German and Estonian descent.[2]


Opposition media has described Solovyov as a propagandist.[3]

On November 21, 2007, at a pre-election rally forum in Luzhniki, Solovyov spoke in support of Vladimir Putin and described him as a “strong, intelligent, talented leader” who loves the Motherland and does everything to make Russians proud of their country.[4]

At the end of February 2014, together with a number of other pro-Putin journalists, public and political figures signed an appeal for the "All of us are Berkut" foundation, which was created mainly to support the members of the Ukrainian special unit “Berkut” which was involved in violence and shootings against Ukrainian protesters during Euromaidan and the Orange Revolution.[5]

Solovyov's position with regards to Crimea has drastically changed over the years:[3]

Any person who tries to start a war between Russia and Ukraine is a criminal, moreover, I can't even imagine the extent of such criminality. In Ukraine live people fraternal to us in spirit, in blood, in common history. Do not shout "Sevastopol is ours!" Do not shout "Crimea is ours!" Vladimir Solovyov, 2008

And why do you need Crimea?... It was, without a doubt, legitimately transferred (to Ukraine) by Kruschev. If we suddenly say (we're taking it back) - it means war. Do you want a war with Ukraine? How many Ukrainian and Russian lives are you ready to lay down in order to take Crimea, which (by the way) has long become a Tatar territory?... Crimeans are against (rejoining Russia). Vladimir Solovyov, 2013

"We brought this day as best we could. Crimea and Sevastopol are again a part of Russia. Historical justice has triumphed!" Vladimir Solovyov, March 18, 2014

Regarding the armed conflict in east Ukraine, Solovyov took a well-defined position that mirrored that of president Putin and the Russian government: that the conflict was between the fascists of the Ukrainian maidan and the anti-fascists of the rebel eastern territories.[6]

In June 2017, the journalist called participants in an anti-corruption rally in Moscow “the eternal two percent of shit ”,[7] “children of corrupt officials” and “majoritarian imbeciles”, and he also stated that “if not for the police, the (counterprotest) people would tear them to shreds". That statement was criticized.[8] Alexander Nevzorov gave a critical review.[9] However, Solovyov continued to use harsh judgments and remarks against some of his audience and opposition-minded Russian journalists.[10]


  1. ^ Soloviev receives antisemitic letters from Azerbaijan, The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, 2011
  2. ^ "Владимир Соловьев и Эльга Сэпп: "Я сделал ей предложение на третьем свидании…"". Иль Де Ботэ - магазин косметики (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ a b The fate of the propagandist. Vladimir Solovyov: business and propaganda in one bottle
  4. ^ Владимир Путин о попытках вернуть олигархический режим
  5. ^ Who promised to "lay down the bones" and disperse the Maidan, and now is going to protect the Crimea
  6. ^ The logic of the beast
  7. ^ Solovyov called the participants of the rally on Tverskaya "eternal 2 percent of shit"
  8. ^ Unique services of Vladimir Solovyov. What does the TV presenter do in the intervals between exposing the opposition?
  9. ^ Невзоров о Соловьеве и его 2%!
  10. ^ Вы и убили-с

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