Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen
Gessen, Masha.JPG
Masha Gessen at the 6 Moscow International Book Festival, 2011
Born(1967-01-13) 13 January 1967 (age 46)
Moscow, Soviet Union
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
NationalityRussian, American
OccupationJournalist, author
 
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Masha Gessen
Gessen, Masha.JPG
Masha Gessen at the 6 Moscow International Book Festival, 2011
Born(1967-01-13) 13 January 1967 (age 46)
Moscow, Soviet Union
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
NationalityRussian, American
OccupationJournalist, author

Maria Alexandrovna Gessen, better known as Masha Gessen (born 13 January 1967), is a Russian and United States journalist and author.

Biography[edit]

Born into an Ashkenazi Jewish family in Moscow, in 1981 Gessen moved with her family to the United States, returning in 1991 to Moscow, where she lives now.[1] She holds both Russian and US citizenship. Her brothers are Keith Gessen, Daniel Gessen and Philip Gessen.

Gessen is openly gay and an activist for the rights of sexual minorities. She served as a member of the board of directors for the Moscow LGBT rights organization "Triangle" from 1993 to 1998.[2] Gessen has two children: a boy Vova and a girl Yolka; both are US citizens. The boy, born in 1997 in Russia, was adopted by her from an orphanage in Kaliningrad. The girl was born to her in the US in 2001. In 2004 she was married in the US to Svetlana Generalova, a Russian citizen who was also involved in the LGBT movement in Moscow.[2][3]

Career[edit]

She has written on LGBT rights and Russian affairs. She writes in both Russian and English, and has contributed to The New Republic, New Statesman, Granta, Slate and Vanity Fair, and US News & World Report.

Her 2012 book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin is a political biography of Vladimir Putin, whom she describes as a dictator.[4]

She was dismissed from her position as the chief editor of Russia's oldest magazine, Vokrug Sveta on 1 September 2012 after she refused to send a reporter to cover a Russian Geographic Society event featuring President Putin, claiming that it had become a mouthpiece of Putin's government.[5][6]

In September 2012, Gessen was appointed as director of the Russian Service for Radio Liberty, a US government funded broadcaster based in Prague.[7] [8] Shortly after her appointment was announced and a few days after Gessen met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, more than 40 members of Radio Liberty's staff were fired. Radio Liberty also lost its Russian broadcasting license several weeks after Gessen took over. Gessen's role in both of these events is unclear but has caused controversy.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Her articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joanna Smith Rakoff. Talking with Masha Gessen. Newsday, 2 January 2005.
  2. ^ a b Biography of Maria Hessen. (Russian)
  3. ^ Семья Генераловых (участники ОСВВП), «Эхо Москвы», 09.06.2002. (Russian)
  4. ^ Stephen Romei (18 May 2012). "Putin the elected dictator is doomed, biographer claims". The Australian. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Amos, Howard (10 September 2012). "Vladimir Putin,Animals (News),Endangered species (Environment),Wildlife (Environment),World news,Conservation (Environment),Environment,Russia (News),Europe (News),Birds (environment)". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Gessen, Masha (10 September 2012). "Flying Putin, Fired Editor". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Radio Liberty Hires Gessen". The Moscow Times. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Cohen, Ariel; Helle Dale (December 13, 2012). "How to Save Radio Liberty". The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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