Vladimir Solovyov, Chairman of the Union of Journalists of Russia
Photo: MOSCOW City News Agency
…. – Volodya, you visited our new territories more than once, – with these words I began a conversation with Vladimir Gennadievich Solovyov, who has been heading our Creative Union for the second five-year term. -In the summer of 2022, he led our journalistic delegation to a media forum in Lugansk. Then the situation there was much more difficult… Now your mood has changed, after the offensive of our troops in the NVO zone began?
“Yes, despite some anxious expectations, I remain optimistic,” my friend said. – I am confident in our victory.
Therefore, whatever happens, and anything can happen in a war, however, ours are constantly advancing.
And now we are already opening new branches in new regions.
I just went to Gostiny Dvor (and Solovyov and I met literally half an hour before Vladimir Putin’s Message – AG) with Alexei Petrenko, Chairman of the Union of Journalists of the Donetsk People’s Republic, this organization is now being reformatted in our branch of the Union of Journalists of Russia (UJR). They, upon their return, will hold organizational conferences.
And we will do our best to help our colleagues in the new territories.
For which, by the way, we have had great friction with the International Federation of Journalists (IFZ). And maybe tomorrow they will freeze our participation in the IFJ.
However, it is not known who will be worse off because of this.
He looked at the water. The next day, this Wednesday the 22nd, our president received a letter from the IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, the message says that “WJR membership has been suspended”.
“Soloviev pointed out that there is no reason to freeze Russia’s membership in the IFJ,” the TASS news agency reported our president’s statement on the same day. “According to Soloviev, this is a political decision.”
Then, in Gostiny Dvor, I asked him one more question:
– What does your journalistic instinct tell you, Volodya? When will the victory be?
– I do not make predictions, – was the answer, – but I would like to hope that everything ends this year.
Maybe even before summer…
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