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The Luxury of Oligarchy in the Swamp of Poverty

A video report explores the plague of oligarchy in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. From Ziarul de Garda. 15 August 2018

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, small groups of people with enormous power – now popularly termed “oligarchs” – captured the state in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. What makes oligarchy regimes unique? How are they formed? And what direction are Georgian, Moldovan, and Ukrainian societies moving in?

Those questions are explored in the following documentary produced by Ziarul de Garda (ZdG), an investigative media outlet from Moldova. This is the first of a series of multimedia works that Transitions will publish in the coming months, the results of an Internews cross-border project called "Neighbors."



Five teams from three countries – ZdG, the Association of Environment and Ecotourism Journalists (Moldova), Channel 24 (Ukraine), Studio Monitor (Georgia), and a group of independent journalists (also from Georgia) – have produced reports on topics of regional interest: urban development, propaganda, the occupied territories, wine production, public transport, and renewable energy.  

“The three countries had a common past, but the list of features that unite them today is also immense: from separatist conflicts to problems with export markets and energy sources, to dubious government systems and oligarchs," said Angela Sirbu, project director. "Our project is an opportunity for journalists from Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to rediscover these similarities and remember that what they notice about their neighbors is, in fact, the image of their own country.” 


The project is implemented by the Independent Journalism Center (Moldova), Internews Ukraine, and Internews Georgia, in partnership with the Internews Network. Internews Ukraine provided editorial and management supervision. 

The production team from Ziarul de Garda includes Alina Radu (editor in chief and manager), Marina Ciobanu (reporter), and Viorica Tataru (camerawoman). 

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We would like to invite you to meet Kathryn Thier, a recognized expert and instructor of Solutions Journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.


Join us to learn more about the connections between investigative reporting and Solutions Journalism and discover the impact that bringing the “whole” story has on communities. Kathryn’s keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion on bringing the solutions perspective into reporting practices with Nikita Poljakov, deputy editor in chief of the business daily Hospodářské noviny. Nikita is also head of the project “Nejsi sám” (You are not alone), which uses the solutions approach to tackle the issue of male suicide. The main program will be followed by an informal wine reception. 


The event will take place on Monday, 25 March at 5 p.m. in the Hollar building of the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences (Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Praha 1). The event will be in English. 


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Moldovan diaries

The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.

This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes. 

It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.


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