In the days after the 2004 Orange Revolution, when protesters in Kiev overturned rigged presidential elections, I made my first trip to Ukraine. From my base in Moscow, I frequently returned. Ukraine was poor and shabby by comparison, but its citizens were also freer and less afraid of their government than Russians were.
After the first mass shootings during the Maidan protest in February 2014, I flew to Kiev expecting to stay a couple of days. Instead I ended up covering Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the beginning of a conflict that has torn Ukrainians and Russians apart.
Based in Berlin and Moscow, I’ve reported from the former Soviet empire since 1996. I started working as National Public Radio’s Moscow correspondent in December 2016. Before that I contributed to Reuters, Slate, Bloomberg and The Moscow Times, among others.