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The New York Times won 3 Pulitzers. Among others: stories on Putin's shadow war

05.05.2020, 12:59
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 The Times won in the categories of commentary, investigative journalism and international reporting. The New York Times won three Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, bringing the publication’s total to 130 since Columbia University began presenting the annual journalism award in 1917.


The Times was recognized for coverage that investigated how New York taxi industry leaders exploited immigrant drivers, pushing thousands into debt and many to suicide; the lead essay for a special project on the impact of slavery on the United States, published 400 years after the first enslaved Africans were brought to the American colonies; and a look into Vladimir V. Putin’s shadow war to undermine the West.


The staff of The Times received the award for international reporting in recognition of their reporting on how President Putin of Russia has used shadow warfare to undermine the West and restore Russia as a global power, as The New York Times reported.

Among the stories in the series:

  • Michael Schwirtz uncovered the existence of a secret team of Russian military assassins throughout Europe called United 29155 that was responsible for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain in 2018.

  • The visual investigations unit analyzed and translated tens of thousands of cockpit recordings chronicling bombings in Syria by Russian aircraft, showing that Russia had targeted four Syrian hospitals over 12 hours.

  • Dionne Searcey reported from the Central African Republic that Russia had sent mercenaries there to train local soldiers. The Russian operatives were partnering with rebels to mine diamonds.

  • In Libya, David Kirkpatrick reported that Russia was assisting the country’s leader in the civil war by sending fighter jets and snipers . (...)

From The New York Times

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