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Vladimir Putin’s Russia remains one of the biggest stories in the world.


It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa.


If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news: We will have an opening for a new correspondent as Andy Higgins takes over as our next Eastern Europe Bureau Chief early next year.


We are eager to hear from those interested in taking on one of the most legendary postings at The Times, a seat occupied by the likes of Bill Keller, Serge Schmemann, Hedrick Smith, Clifford Levy and Ellen Barry. We are looking for someone who will embrace the prospect of traversing 11 time zones to track a populace that is growing increasingly frustrated with an economy dragged down by corruption, cronyism and excessive reliance on natural resources. This posting offers the chance to chronicle the continuing reign of one of the world’s most charismatic leaders, President Vladimir V. Putin. This beat also covers the incredible diversity and variety of the lands of the former Soviet Union. The correspondent can range from Estonia (with its close ties to Scandinavia) to Kyrgyzstan (which has close ties to China).


Not to mention, Putin ushered in changes to the constitution, so he will likely stay in power for many years to come. 

And, of course, we are on the cusp of a new, less Putin-friendly president in the US, which should only raise the temperature between Washington and Moscow. 

The successful candidate should have:

Experience covering a beat

Excellent writing skills

Knowledge of Russia and the former Soviet republics

Fluency in Russian is preferred

Self driven, trustworthy, independent and intrepid 


Excellent news judgement

A good digital sense with a knack for different types of storytelling

Those interested should apply via Workday.



I WOULD PUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON RUSSIA TODAY BY Trying a @nytimes-style job announcement:



1) Trump's or Biden's, the USA is one of the saddest stories in the world.

It sends out its drones to kill foreign generals and can't stop trying coups; it builds concentration camps for minors; its media sow idiocy at home and abroad...

2) ...and its Covid deaths are through the roof, while its elite hides behind talk and austerity.

Ready to cover this beat of despair?

Pravda is waiting for you!

No qualifications needed (except bad English and good bias)


They probably seem themselves as a party in a larger conflict and their job is obviously to fight the enemy, in this case the Russian government. As such they are hardly unbiased and shouldn't ever be regarded as objective and fair.

 Looks like even speaking and reading Russian is optional. But this is sad on so many levels.

The difference is that RT is owned by the government so you know what to expect while the NYT  pretends to be a private "free" press when it actually is a vulgar government mouthpiece. Nobody expects RT to be fair and balanced. Which one is the more effective state PR vehicle?

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