Jill Dougherty is a former CNN foreign affairs correspondent and Moscow bureau chief with expertise in Russia and the former Soviet Union. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
(CNN)A week after Russia invaded Ukraine, the staff of Russia’s last independent TV channel, TV Rain, also known as Dozhd, shut itself down.
We are crazy scared! And I know many of you are afraid right now, but a coward is a person who gives in to fear.
TV Rain staff member
This is a very different moment, and very different Russia, and a very different Putin from what it was in 2014.
It’s a tragedy that we are witnessing.