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Ekaterina Kotrikadze

Professional affiliation

News Director and Anchor, TV Rain (Dozhd TV)

Full Biography

Ekaterina Kotrikadze is a News Director and Anchor of TV Rain (Dozhd TV), Moscow. The only independent television channel in Russia was forced to shut down in the beginning of March, 2022. Ekaterina fled Russia. TV Rain was relaunched from Riga, Latvia in July, 2022.

Before 2019 Ekaterina was a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of RTVI, an independent broadcasting network based in New York, USA. 

In 2009, at only 25 years of age, Ekaterina was chosen to lead the first Caucasian news channel PIK (in Tbilisi, Georgia). This project was created primarily to counteract negative coverage of Georgia by Kremlin-controlled media after the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. PIK was launched under the guidance of and in accordance with BBC journalist standards and enjoyed editorial independence. PIK was shut down abruptly after the parliamentary elections of 2012.

In February 2018, Ekaterina was the first Russian-speaking journalist to break silence on alleged sexual harassment by a senior Russian official, Mr. Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma’s international Relations Committee. 

Ekaterina was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Moscow Lomonosov State University.