CNN and the New York Times, have fled the country following a recent crackdown on the free press.
But Yevgeny Elbets, a senior Russian journalist and editor-in-chief of New Times Magazine, decided to stay in Russia. In an interview with CNN, she said she was not afraid of the Russian administration.
“I am not a martyr,” she said. But I felt that someone had to do something. ”
According to him, 160 best reporters have left Russia so far.
Ebbets has also been posting various news items on her YouTube channel that could easily lead to her being jailed for violating the ‘fake news law. However, as a highly experienced communicator, she said that she was careful about reporting from prison. She says it is too late to be afraid of the government.
“Yes, they can kill me. But no one has ever promised me that I will live forever. Everyone has to die one day or another, ”she said.
Earlier, internationally acclaimed American journalist Bent Reynolds was killed in an attack by Russian forces. Authorities say he was shot dead by Russian troops.
Elbert says that she is more ashamed of her country than of fear. She said she had been traveling to neighboring Ukraine since she was a child and was saddened by the incident. According to him, many Russian experts are feeling the same way.
“I am ashamed that all the taxes I have paid are being used in bombings to kill the people of Ukraine,” she said. So now I want to kneel and apologize. I sincerely apologize to Ukraine for what my country is doing. “