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Anyone have official Russian media accreditation?

Hey All,

Any LS’ers registered as an “official” journalist in Russia? Am thinking of applying, but am wondering of the benefits, etc. Also, do you have to have a publication behind you, or is an agency okay? ie, I am with Polaris, so they would be my “outlet.” And I’ve looked online through the President’s office, Foreign Affairs and Interior Ministry, but I can’t seem to find any contacts etc. If someone out there has an idea, I’d greatly appreciate the help. I know that for certain, ahem, areas, it is best to be official, but who knows! I certainly don’t.

Thanks again,

by [a former member] at 2006-07-28 02:10:52 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Toronto , Canada | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Don…Contact Simon Roberts, old friend of mine. He’s here on LS. He spent over a year in Russia recently and managed a Journalist visa etc etc – think it was a nightmare game though! Best, S

by Steve Coleman | 28 Jul 2006 02:07 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
I used to be accredited about 8 years ago.

I’m sure things have changed since then.

If you are going over to work there, you definetely want to get accredited and get your visa as a journalist.
Your best bet is to call the consulate in DC.
brave souls go over and get accredited over there.

The president’s website has contact info for their press department.

You obtain accreditation from the ministry of foreign affairs before entering the country- at least that’s what you’re expected to do.

If you enter on a tourist visa and get into paperwork checking while on assignment, it can be a pain in the ass- they will treat you like a tourist and not press just to rub it in.
Overall, they’ve been pretty helpful in my experience.

Just call the consulate and go from there.

by Alex N | 28 Jul 2006 03:07 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

Talk to Graeme Smith at The Globe’s Moscow bureau.

by Louie Palu | 28 Jul 2006 09:07 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I have it – but I work as a full-time employee of a newspaper that is registerd with the Ministry of Press. It was done for me by our office manager so I can’t really give you to much insight. Alex’s link above is to get accredited for various Kremlin events which is different. The Press Ministry, Министерство печати РФ, has a site http://www.mptr.ru/ which seems to be done right now. I can look into it and get back to you.

by [former member] | 28 Jul 2006 10:07 | Moscow, Russia | | Report spam→
Wow – thanks guys. Louie, I spoke with Graeme and they already have a registered photographer, and the Russians limit how many people from each publication they register. Anyways, this is all good info! And I don’t even know if I’ll need it or not. My problem is that I’ll be out of Kiev, not Moscow, but will be travelling back and forth to Russia (now with Moscow the most expensive place in the world, well…) So I won’t officially be a resident in Moscow, but I’d just like to make my life there as easy as possible. After all, this IS Russia, and any way to smooth the path the better.

Thanks for all the info!


by [former member] | 28 Jul 2006 16:07 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
http://2004.novayagazeta.ru/nomer/2004/52n/n52n-s26.shtml – have a look don. better still contact Boris Raitszuster from Focus, Gem> one would be better off to fly below radar and when arrested (not IF but WHEN) just to make as we say in russia snout as a plough pretending you are the first time and will never happened again…

by svetlana savrasova | 29 Jul 2006 04:07 | Weymouth, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
http://www.mkmk.ru/print/mkmk/2006/02/02/948.html – and as you see yet another new law: now you have to accredited in Min of Culture. Be aware – law is so new that Min of Culture will not know it for the first 6-9 months…

by svetlana savrasova | 29 Jul 2006 04:07 | Weymouth, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Donald: a friend of mine might also be able to help you out….Sergie Maximishin (2-time world press award winner). He is also a member here at LS (but he’s a silent “viewer” rather than commentator….we’ll talk this week when we meet up for a beer, and I’ll give you his email…if there’s another photog who can help, its Maximishin…we’ll talk this week….cheers, bob

by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 02:07 | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
Sergie is based out of Petersburgh…but travels continually…he might be in the middle east at the moment, im not certain…he’s a great guy, and i’ll give you his email and if you
tell me you know me, he’ll reply…you can write in English, or send him a note po-russkie…here is his LS page: http://www.lightstalkers.org/sergeymaximishin

we’ll chat this week —bob

by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 02:07 (ed. Jul 30 2006) | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
Spasibo, Sveta e Boba. Ya znayu Sergei – ya vstretil ego v Amsterdame v WPP etom godu. Yikes, moi Russkii ochin plokhol!

Anyway, Bob – I’m home on Monday, we’ll talk then.

As for Russia, I think Sveta may be right – “under the radar”, but I’d like to go to certain places where Russians don’t want you to go unless you’re official, so that is the base of my concerns.

by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 03:07 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Na zdorovje, Don – below radar meens you need more specific local help. eg – my husband is an artist. Nothing was easerier to go to Zheleznogorsk (Krasnoyarsk-16!!!) in 2003> – these “sharashki” have Palace of Cultura with the big soft lady who is a Directress of such place. And she will do a lot for holding photo-exhibition (with her portret there!) of the western ARTIST -photographer. Just give her a chance to help you:))) Once you are REPORTER-photographer you are damn spying bastard and you better be shot or at least lock up for few nights. I envy you your trip!.. PS Papers that you an ARTIST one can produce at home… tvoj Russkij – v poriadke!

by svetlana savrasova | 30 Jul 2006 05:07 | Weymouth, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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