Novaya: Q&A with activist Ali Feruz and director Askold Kurov


Language: Engels

Activist Ali Feruz and director Askold Kurov were both born in Uzbekistan and moved to Russia for their work as journalist and filmmaker. Journalist Kysia Hekster (NOS) talks with them about their work in Russia and how to deal with the challenges when working on human rights issues in the current Russia.

‘I’m free and I don’t have to be afraid anymore,’ says journalist and gay rights activist Ali Feruz. He had to flee Uzbekistan after he was arrested and tortured by security forces. In Russia he started working for independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was arrested again. These days Feruz curates Unit: a network which aims to increase the quality of reporting on marginalized people in the former Soviet Union. ‘We want to give a voice to those who aren’t heard, whose voice has been taken.’ Read more about Ali Feruz and watch a short clip.