Kirit Radia is ABC News’ digital correspondent in Moscow. There he reports on events in Russia and its neighbors from the former Soviet Union.
He has reported from restive Dagestan while investigating the history of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, snowy Siberian villages after a giant meteor streaked through the sky, the anti-government protest camp in Kiev, and the fields of eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.
Radia arrived in Russia in 2012 during a winter of unprecedented political protests and documented President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin, as well as his subsequent crackdown on Russia’s opposition and independent media.
Ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Radia investigated Russia’s security plans and uncovered a secret U.S. Embassy report that questioned those plans. As U.S.-Russia relations deteriorated, he reported exclusively on Russia’s increased harassment of U.S. officials in Moscow at levels not seen since the Cold War.
Radia has also reported on the lives of ordinary Russians, including the plight of Russian children affected by a decision to ban adoptions by Americans, the fight for gay rights in Russia, and how Moscow’s homeless survive freezing nights.
Prior to his posting in Moscow, Radia covered the State Department for ABC News, from 2006-2012. In that role he reported daily on the wide spectrum of issues related to United States foreign policy and international diplomacy. He has reported on the travels of the Secretaries of State and Defense from nearly two dozen countries. In 2007 he was the first to report the National Intelligence Estimate’s assessment that Iran had abandoned its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Radia is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s ‘Paul Miller Fellowship’ in 2006-2007 and its ‘What to Expect Next from China’ fellowship in Beijing and Shanghai in 2007. In 2009 he was a member of ABC News’ Emmy Award-winning team covering President Obama’s inauguration.
Originally from New Jersey, Radia is a graduate of Tufts University’s International Relations program.
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