BBG Governor Victor Ashe traveled to Moscow on June 20 with Acting Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President Kevin Klose to meet with RFE/RL and Voice of America journalists, U.S. officials and prominent human rights activists.
Ashe was presented a certificate of appreciation from Alexey Simonov, President of the Glasnost Defense Foundation, on June 21 as a “token of gratitude for his defense of glasnost in Russia.”
While at the Radio Liberty offices, Governor Ashe spoke to assembled employees and told them, “Your recent nightmare is over, and it is a new day for Radio Liberty in Moscow with Kevin Klose as President. The RFE/RL Board is determined you will be as viable and important to objective news as is humanly possible.”
Ashe visited the bureau that is shared by the Russian services of RFE/RL and VOA, and spent time with VOA Moscow Bureau Chief James Brooke.
Additionally, Ashe met with prominent human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva at her home and discussed the importance of free media in Russian society. “It was an honor to meet this brave lady, who is an icon of freedom for us all,” said Governor Ashe.
While in Moscow, Governor Ashe was also to meet with Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila Gwaltney and civil society leader Sergei Kovalyov.
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