Journalist Andriy Loshak dedicated the Profession of a Journalist Award to Oksana Baulina, a journalist from The Insider, who died during a rocket attack in Kyiv. He wrote about it on Facebook.
Loshak received an award for the documentary Breaking Communications for Present Time, about the split in Russian families amid different attitudes towards the war.
“I would like to dedicate the award to Oksana Baulina, a journalist and friend who died this spring from a Russian rocket in Kyiv.”
He noted that reading and watching the works this year was especially painful, since most of them are about the “damned, heinous, senseless massacre” unleashed by “our homeland.”
“Russian journalists themselves were also among the victims of aggression, because after the legislative ban on calling the war a war, their activities were essentially banned. The main opposition media were banned, the majority of honest independent journalists were forced to leave their homeland, many of them were given the status of foreign agents, and some were charged with criminal cases. Nevertheless, they continued to work and bring people the truth about the war.”
In the nomination "Country" the award was received by the publication "Paper" for the material "How the security forces invented and tested a new method of pressure on activists." Best video - Irina Dolinina and Ekaterina Fomina from "Important stories" with the text "Refugees 2022", in the nomination of the investigation also the journalist of "Important stories" - Ekaterina Fomina and her story : "Executions, looting and criminal orders, the truth about the war from the first person ( text version). The best "Interview/Portrait" - the material "The executioners are investigating" by Yuliy Balakhonova from the "Project". In the Digital Channel nomination, the ReRussia Telegram channel was chosen, the best Multimedia/Podcast was a series of materials called “Important Stories” – “Which regions gave the most men to the war” and “If you don’t raise sons, the tank won’t go, and the gun won’t will shoot." Lilia Yapparova (Medusa) won in the History/Reportage nomination.
In June, the trade union of journalists received a response from the TFR to an appeal regarding the investigation into the death of Oksana Baulina. The information was promised to be taken into account in the investigation of the criminal case. However, the response indicated that the appeal was registered on April 26, but the union made a request a few days after the death, on March 26.
The Insider journalist Oksana Baulina died in Kyiv on March 23. She filmed the destruction in the Ukrainian capital after the shelling of the Podolsk region by Russian troops and came under another shelling. Oksana worked in glossy journalism for many years, but quit to move to the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation.