Vasily Gatov is a Russian media researcher and author based in Boston. Gatov’s experience includes reporting on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the 1991 failed coup’d’état, Boris Yeltsin’s presidency and the first Chechen war. He later served as an executive and strategist for several Russian media companies, including RenTV network, Media3 (Russia’s largest print conglomerate during 2007-2012), and RIA Novosti, a national multimedia news agency. While working for RIA Novosti (2011-2013), Gatov founded Novosti Media Lab which fosters innovation in communication and the social impact of media. He was a board member in Russian Publishers Guild (GIPP) and WAN-IFRA (world association of newspapers and news publishers) from 2005 to 2014. Gatov’s academic research interests cover the technological effect on media development as an institution, the censorship and media effects, and media innovation. In 2014-2018 he published on information war, crisis communications, digital propaganda and intelligence meddling in mass and social media.