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Former ‘Vedomosti’ editor-in-chief Tatiana Lysova joins ‘Meduza’ as first deputy editor-in-chief  Ivan Kolpakov explains what this means for your favorite news publication

Source: Meduza
Syuzanna Farizova / Tatiana Lysova’s personal archive

Meduza is extremely pleased to announce some important internal news: earlier this month, we welcomed our new first deputy editor-in-chief, Tatiana Lysova — one of the best-known journalists in Russia, the former editor-in-chief of the newspaper and website Vedomosti, and the former deputy editor-in-chief of the news agency Interfax’s political news service. Lysova will also manage Meduza’s Moscow bureau.

Tatiana Gennadevna Lysova was born on March 18, 1968, in Moscow. She studied mathematics and programming and graduated from the Moscow Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics. and Automation. In the 1990s, she worked at Kommersant and Ekspert. She helped pioneer the business newspaper Vedomosti, which until 2016 was published in partnership with The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. She coauthored Vedomosti’s famous “dogma” — the newspaper’s internal rules that quietly revolutionized the Russian media market. In the years going forward, journalists at dozens of other news publications in Russia studied Vedomosti’s “dogma” like a textbook. Lysova worked as Vedomosti’s editor-in-chief from 2002 to 2007 and again from 2010 until 2013, after which she managed the newspaper’s website. From 2018 to 2019, Lysova was the deputy editor-in-chief of the political news service at Interfax.

Lysova’s move is a landmark moment for the Russian news media. Working together, we are confident that Meduza will become stronger than ever. In the year ahead, we’ll be publishing even more exclusive stories, expanding our expertise in several new areas at once, and reinforcing the depth and excellence of our reporting — all while remaining the unconventional international publication our readers have come to know and love — and we will need Lysova’s qualities as a manager, editor, journalist, and human being. We hope that Meduza’s experience will also give Tatiana Lysova the chance to discover herself anew.

Tatiana will manage the Moscow bureau that Meduza is now creating. For the most part, this office will include staff from our special correspondents and investigations departments. As an experienced supervisor and one of the media community’s leaders, Lysova will represent our publication’s interests in Russia, which is home to millions of Meduza’s readers.

We are proud to make this addition to our team. Wherever she’s worked and whatever position she’s held, Lysova has always upheld the principles of high-quality independent journalism. Her honesty, diligence, and devotion to our profession are legendary. Lysova’s arrival is also important because we have endeavored, from our very start, to raise Meduza’s professional standards at every opportunity. 

Tatiana Lysova begins her new position at Meduza this month. If you would like to contact her or share your ideas about Meduza’s work, please write us at editorial@meduza.io. We read every message we receive.

Ivan Kolpakov, Meduza editor-in-chief