Free Media Awards 2015
Galina Timchenko - Russia

Galina Timchenko (b. 1962), the former editor-in-chief of one of the most popular online Russian newspapers,, is currently working from Latvia to promote a free Russian press.

Due to Russian censorship following the annexation of Crimea, she was forced to set up operations in Riga, where she has founded the news portal Meduza.

Along with the former staff of, she continues to engage in independent journalism and to present information to a Russian and an international audience.

The Goethe Institute in Moscow nominated Galina Timtschenko. She will receive a prize of EUR 10 000.