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Russia -- Aleksandra, 26, a victim of domestic violence, poses for pictures in a kitchen at a flat in Moscow. February 3, 2017.

In February, Russia passed a law decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence, a move that rights groups have called a step backwards for Russia and dangerous for women and children. What’s behind this law, and how has the discussion in Russian media reflected and shaped the views of Russian society? In this episode of Heard It From Her, we speak with Irina Lagunina, a senior journalist and editor with RFE/RL’s Russian Service who has been covering Russian politics, economics, international relations, and human rights for more than 20 years.

Unpacking Russia's Domestic Violence Decriminalization
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The director of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism explains what goes into researching and reporting bombshell discoveries about political elites.

Putting Corruption Under The Magnifying Glass
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In this episode of ‘Heard It From Her’ we spoke with Pavla Holcova, the founder and director of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism. Among the center’s major projects was a collaboration with RFE/RL contributors Khadija Ismayilova and Nushabe Fatullayeva looking into the financial dealings of Azerbaijan’s first family. She told us about how a stretch under house arrest in Cuba led to her start in investigative journalism, and about how she sleuths out official corruption and other dodgy deals some high profile figures would rather keep secret.

Read The Reports:

An Azeri Enclave in the Czech Republic
Balkan Organized Crime Sets up in the Czech Republic
Panama Papers:The Czech Republic

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Heard It From Her is a conversation with a woman in media with a story to tell. Each month we’ll speak with a journalist from RFE/RL or other independent media in our broadcast region to talk about her reporting, the issues she confronts, and the political, societal, and cultural context in which she works. For more on women in media, follow Lady Liberty on Facebook and Twitter.