Marianna Maksimovskaya, a well-known Russian TV journalist, also the creator and long-term host of the TV programme “Nedelya”, winner of the 8 Russian National Television Awards and vice-president of the communication consulting company group “Mikhailov&Partners”, was a guest of the intellectual project TKB Smart-club.
The subject of the talk at the meeting was “Russia’s elite: hopes and plans” which aroused great interest of the audience and turned to be the topic of the day. The journalist tried to define who exactly constitute Rusai’s elite today: artists, writers, journalists or politicians. Marianna Maksimovskaya shared her view of the situation in Russia in the context of Ukrainian crisis, and told how the so called Russia’s elite feel about it. She regards herself as a supporter of Western values, though some of them seem unusual to Russian people.
The meeting turned into a discussion with club members, during which the journalist admitted that, in her opinion, for some Russians “Latvia, which in the past was a near abroad, now, has become the closest asylum. That is why people come here, also journalists” – said M. Maksimovskaya. “For example, the former editor of the news portal Lenta.ru, now editor of Meduza, Galina Timchenko is currently working in Riga and the Russian journalist Katerina Gordaeeva, who was offered to make her own TV project in Latvia”.
Members of the club had the opportunity to ask questions on current topics and express their views.
TKB Smart-club was established last year by AS “TRASTA KOMERCBANKA” together with the magazine "Otkritiy gorod". Many renowned people have already visited the club, e.g. Russian political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov, historian and publicist Leonid Mlechin, journalist and co-founder of NTV Evgeny Kiselev, actor and playwright Evgeny Grishkovets, political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky. This year TKB has planned to further develop TKB Smart-club and invite interesting guests, whose opinions may be different from the majority point of view, but interesting for club members from among TRASTA KOMERCBANKA clients, supporters of “Otkritiy gorod”, members of the private cigar club Churchill, and also for people from Latvia’s political and business circles.