One Minute With Melani Bachina
Melani Bachina joined RFE/RL 14 years ago as a radio presenter before continuing her work as a freelancer in Russia. When the award-winning TV company where she worked, Tomsk TV-2, was closed down by Russian authorities without explanation, Bachina joined Radio Svoboda to work on the Service's launch of the news program Current Time. She is now a senior writer and producer for the Russian Service. Bachina's recent documentary on the life and violent death of Pavel Sheremet, a leading journalist in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine who was brutally murdered two years ago in Kiev, won Best Feature-long in RFE/RL's 2017 awards. It is a brave, personal, and deeply touching story focusing on one journalist's commitment to the truth and the price he paid for it.