Evgeny Kiselev, TV presenter: photo, biography and personal life

Once Russian, and now Ukrainian TV presenter Yevgeny Kiselev is widely known for his analytical programs and sharp interviews. In the Russian media space in recent years, he has been reminding himself only of ambiguous statements and controversial assessments of events taking place in the country and the world.


Yevgeny Kiselev was born in Moscow on June 15, 1956 in a family of engineers specializing in metal science. His father was a Soviet scientist and a winner of the Stalin Prize. He was engaged in materials for aviation and rocket engineering. All she knows about her mother is that she devoted most of her time to family and parenting.

Eugene was an excellent student at specialized school number 123 with an English specialized language. He was equally attracted to a wide variety of sciences; he liked subjects such as history, foreign languages, and literature.The boy himself could not decide on the choice of priority. The father, realizing that his son is better oriented in the humanities, suggested that Eugene, when he was in high school, study at the “School of Young Orientalist” at Moscow State University.

After school

Afghan men

Yevgeny Kiselev was so interested in the countries of the East that after graduating from school he entered the Institute of Asian and African Countries at Moscow State University in the Faculty of History and Philology. During the period of study he was lucky to travel to many Asian countries. He completed an internship in Iran in 1977-1978. The institute graduated with a red diploma, becoming a specialist in the Persian language.

After graduation, Eugene was called up for military service in the Soviet army and sent to Afghanistan. He served in the group of military advisers as a translator, where he participated in negotiations between the Soviet and Afghan military. He graduated from military service with the rank of captain.

After serving the army, Yevgeny Kiselev was offered a job at the KGB Graduate School, where he began to teach Persian until 1984.

In journalistic work

Studio microphone

Eugene became interested in journalism, and in 1985 he managed to get a job at the USSR State Television and Radio Committee, the main editorial board of the countries of the Near and Middle East. That, probably, was not difficult, given his professional knowledge and the department in which he worked previously. His duties included editing texts, which were then aired for the Middle Eastern audience.

In 1987, he went to work on television in the program "Time", soon Eugene became the leading morning news program "90 minutes." TV presenter Yevgeny Kiselev was the main character of these popular programs.

In 1992 he became the author and presenter of the analytical television program "Itogi". The program was released at the end of 1992 and was very popular, and the journalist Yevgeny Kiselev became a person who shaped public opinion.

At the turn of the millennia


In 1993, he took part in the organization of the independent television company NTV, where he moved along with the Itogi program - the first political talk show on Russian television.

TV presenter Yevgeny Kiselev made a successful career through the administrative line. He was the vice-president of the NTV television company, then he became one of the shareholders and members of the board of directors.As a result, he occupied the highest position, becoming the general director of OJSC NTV Broadcasting Company.

Many of his programs in those years were a great success with the viewer, besides the Itogi talk show, he also conducted other television programs. In the biography of Yevgeny Kiselev, there are practically no overtly disastrous information projects.

He has released about 30 copyright documentaries about prominent figures of our time, including Margaret Thatcher, Yuri Andropov, Augusto Pinochet. A fresh look at famous politicians and a good presentation of the material made these films an extraordinary phenomenon in the media space of the country.

After NTV

Conversation with Kiselev

After the change of NTV shareholders, Evgeny Kiselev left the TV channel with a large group of employees. He moved to work on TV-6 and TNT, and in 2002 he became editor-in-chief of Channel 6

After a long period of work on television, he was invited to the Moscow News newspaper for the post of chief editor. He worked in the weekly until 2005.

For four years, journalist Yevgeny Kiselev worked at the main opposition radio station Ekho Moskvy. He led several popular programs and programs, including "Our All."Today, he often acts as a political analyst on other media resources with harsh criticism of the policies of President Putin V. and the unconditional support of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Kiselev also runs programs on satellite television and advises the Ukrainian TV channel.

On the other side

In 2008, he moved to Ukraine to host the program “Big Politics with Yevgeny Kiselev” on the main channel of the country “Inter”, it was held in the format of a socio-political show. Since 2013, he headed the company that prepared information programs, including “Details”. The content of the program has been significantly changed, it has become a lot of time devoted to the analysis of world and Russian politics. Kiselev, as the presenter, has managed to make a once-in-question political television project out of the once-weak program.

From 2014 to 2016, Yevgeny Kiselev was the creator and host of Black Mirror, the author of a political talk show on the same channel. It has become the most popular and rated weekly program. In the last program, the TV host announced the end of work on the channel, as he was about to start an independent journalistic project.

During this Ukrainian period, he makes a number of harsh statements that he is ashamed to be a citizen of the Russian Federation because of the country's policy against other states. In collaboration with Mikhail Kasyanov, he publishes the book "Without Putin."

In recent years

Kiselev in Ukraine

In 2016, he released another talk show on News One, as usual in the format of Yevgeny Kiselyov’s author’s program. He has repeatedly publicly spoken in support of Nadezhda Savchenko, which was equated with the call for terrorism and total criticism of Russia's actions towards Ukraine.

Once again there were reports that he officially asked for political asylum. The first such rumors appeared in 2013, and were refuted by him.

In early 2017, he, together with other colleagues, created a new information channel, where he took the place of the presenter of two programs.

Yevgeny Kiselev has written articles for many international and Russian magazines and newspapers, including Forbes and the New York Times. He also continues to speak at the Echo of Moscow radio station.

Personal life

Kiselev and his wife

Until recently, Yevgeny Kiselev spoke little about his personal life. In September 1973, he married his classmate Marina Gelievna Shakhova, the daughter of one of the leaders of the Soviet State Radio and Television.Marina, known on television as Masha Shakhova, led the educational program “Summer Residents”, for which in 2002 she received the prestigious television award “Tefi”. She was also the producer of popular programs related to the creation of interiors. As a designer, she presented her collections several times.

In 1983, the couple had a son, Aleksey, who is now in business with his wife. The family has its own brand of clothes, it is successfully sold in the country. Kiselev Jr. has a son who loves to be with his grandparents.

Eugene rarely rests, he pays a lot of time to work. In the rare hours of rest, prefers hiking, likes to play tennis. Reads a lot, preferring memoirs of outstanding people.

He likes to eat tasty food, therefore, among friends Yevgeny Kiselyov is considered to be an expert in cuisines of the peoples of the world. Collects a collection of expensive wines, as the expert writes for the specialized magazine "Vinomania".

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