January 01, 2005

Last Mic Standing

Russia’s last independent broadcaster – the radio station Ekho Moskvy – operates out of a few cramped offices on the 14th floor of a Soviet high-rise which towers over Moscow’s Novy Arbat. Looking out the window over the busy streets of the sprawling capital, one is tempted to succumb to a feeling of self-importance.

The feeling fades quickly. All one has to do is look around. At the makeshift quality of the offices. At the improvised quality of the goings-on.

When Ekho Moskvy journalists hold one of their five daily editorial meetings to determine the content of the next news broadcast, there are often not enough chairs to go around.

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