About Us

 

WHAT WE DO

RUSSIA TODAY TV is a half-hour program broadcast in greater Washington, DC, produced by Russia Today Forum, a non-profit organization based in Herndon, VA. Telecast since 1996, our show presents a unique and welcome opportunity to view Americans and Russians coming together to share and compare not only differences but similarities highlighting common concerns. From discussions on bridging cultural differences to trends in Russian and American arts and entertainment, RUSSIA TODAY features changes taking place in post-Soviet Russia and focuses on their impact on Americans and Russians alike.


Appearing on our program are experts from science and the arts, business, and international affairs.  Professionals come from the Library of Congress, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Moscow University, the Kennan Institute, the Carnegie Moscow Center, and other notable institutions in the Washington area and Russia. Guests discuss issues such as the do's and don'ts of business, environmental joint projects, adopting Russian children, new attitudes in Russia and their impact on American foreign policy. We take pride in the calibre of our participants -- many of whom have also appeared on PBS, national cable and network TV -- and in the astute observations resulting from their expertise and experience.



WHO WE ARE


PRODUCERS
 



    Olga Sheymov 
 
Creator/Producer

  Founder of the Russia Today Forum and creator/producer of Russia Today TV, Olga Sheymov has developed the television program from concept, research and topic ideas to a network of internationally recognized American and Russian experts who appear on the show. Since Russia Today first aired in 1996, she has produced over 80 segments, building a rare and extensive video library on Russia and the Newly Independent States. Her dedication and energy have garnered for the program national and local awards as well as widespread interest from prestigious institutions. Being active in community Olga was elected to the Fairfax Public Access Corporation Board of Directors. She is currently the Director of Visual Communications at Invicta Networks, Inc. and maintains a portfolio of internationally exhibited paintings. Formerly an engineer, researcher and lecturer, Ms. Sheymov worked at Moscow’s Central Institute for Information and Patent Research and became Chief of Section at the Polytechnical Museum. As a television producer, Ms. Sheymov blends her artistic vision with her strong organizational and motivational skills to generate one of the most unique programs in television.
   

 
     Pat Wallace
    Co-Producer

  Pat Wallace combines her interest in communication and international exchange in her role as co-producer. She was a founder of an aviation corporation flying passengers worldwide in its Boeing aircraft, including travel to Soviet satellite countries and the U.S.S.R. under special permit. Her varied background includes teaching at Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University and Georgia State University as well as appearing on the Atlanta stage, NBC affiliate television and educational radio. Her fiction appears in The Ethnic American Woman.

ADVISORS
 
 
   
Paul Goble – Voice of America
Paul Goble, Senior Advisor to the Director at Voice of America, was formerly director of communications at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He has also served as senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, special advisor for Soviet nationality problems and Baltic affairs at the State Department as well as special assistant for Soviet nationalities in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He is editor of four volumes on ethnic problems in the Soviet Union and is author to more than 100 published articles on ethnic and nationality questions. His numerous articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Europe.
 

David Satter – Hudson Institute
David Satter, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, is also visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Formerly he was special correspondent on Soviet affairs for the Wall Street Journal and Moscow correspondent for the London Financial Times. Author of Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union, his most recent book is Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State

 
 
   
Joyce Lasky Reed – Faberge Arts Foundation
President and founder of the Faberge Arts Foundation, Joyce Lasky Reed formerly served as special assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, succeeding her position as director of European affairs at the American Enterprise Institute. She also served on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees. Editor of several books on European security issues, she is author of a novel inspired by her experience living abroad, Moscow by Nightmare.
 

James P. Putnam – Ivy Hollow Productions
Jim Putnam was part of the creative and production teams of the Emmy-winning National Geographic TV Really Wild Animals series (CBS & Disney).  Other video credits included executive in charge of production for The Energy Show, an award-winning A&E network special and numerous cable and public interest productions.  In the past he represented the governor of New Jersey as a board member of New Jersey Network (PBS) and WNET of New York.

 

 


HOSTS
 
 
 
   
Paul Goble
Paul is a veteran speaker on the lecture circuit and online panelist for the Voice of America and other organizations. As moderator for Russia Today he brings acute insight and thought-provoking analysis to discussions. His many interviews include such guests as Paula Dobriansky, now Undersecretary of State of Global Affairs in the Bush Administration, as well as noted novelist Vasily Aksyonov, and ambassadors of the Baltic states.
  Tamara Stuchlak
Tamara Stuchlak traded her career in healthcare management and college teaching to join the staff of Russia Today, utilize her her Russian heritage, and promote Russian - American cooperation and understanding. Her informal and relaxed interviews lend a particular warmth to the screen and to her guests, who have included Sergei Bodrov, Oscar-winning producer of the film, Prisoner of the Mountain.
   
 
   
Michael Waller
Michael Waller is the Annenberg Professor of International Communications at the Institute of World Politics and formerly was vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council. He engages his keen understanding of Russian-American affairs to generate lively and incisive discussions on current events and issues of continuing interest. He has interviewed Oleg Kalugin, retired major general of the  KGB, as well as Andre Sukarov family member, Alexei Semenoff. Author of Secret Empire: The KGB in Russia Today, he was editor of the Russian Reform Monitor and executive editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The National Review, The Washington Times, and Reader’s Digest.
  Kyra Cheremeteff
Fluent in four languages, Kyra Cheremeteff brings a highly cosmopolitan background to her interviews for Russia Today. Her experience in international public affairs, outreach and communications sparks multi-faceted discussions with guests. Formerly senior vice president of Burston-Marstellar, she served in the development of privatization, economic, market, and social assistance reform for government clients including Russia, Ukraine and Kazakstan. She is vice president of The American Friends of the Russian Country Estates (A-FORCE).
   
 
   
Eugenia Ordynsky
An internationally recognized authority who has lectured in the U.S. and Russia, Eugenia Ordynsky brings her background in law to our programs about doing business in Russia. The founder of Democratic Russia-USA, she has provided technical training for Russian political leaders and businessmen, identified and developed partners for Russian entrepreneurs, and assisted privatization and market reform. Previously, she fostered programs to educate Americans about the Soviet Union, reporting to the White House, the U.S. State Department and Congress regarding Soviet human rights cases and other Soviet actions and events.
  Diane Beal
As an independent curator and private dealer of Russian contemporary art, Dianne Beal understands both practical and aesthetic aspects of the Russian artistic world. She meets with artists in Moscow and St. Petersburg, selects their work and develops marketing opportunities through exhibitions and feature articles to promote their art. She has partnered with the World Bank and the University of Maryland in preserving recognition of Russia’s historic artists, appeared on Voice of America and lectured at the Maryland Institute of Art, the University of Wisconsin and The American University.

OUR STAFF

DIRECTORS
CARL PRICE
JOEL GLASS
JIM FLYNN
TONY BARNY
HANK MONTEZ
BRAD WALKER


Editors
Olga Sheymov
Pat Wallace
Georgi Orlov
Yana Gorbalenya
John Abrahms


Lighting
Wolfgang Schubert
Brad Walker
Scott Preston

Set Design
Olga Sheymov
Scott Preston
Woody Everett

Floor Director
Bill Semanek

Camera
Scott Preston
Woody Everett
Geoff Turner
Frank Ferebee
Kevin Davis
Stephen Grider
Kathy Everett
Kenneth Ledbetter

Audio
Philip Brent
Elizabeth McGlohn
Mac McGinnis

Graphics
Ahmed Selim
Brenda Adams
Donnie Lowther

Music
Bill Semanek
Victor Prudovsky
 

 

 



SPECIAL THANKS TO
BISNIS
Ivy Hollow Production
Orion Classic
The Faberge Arts Foundation
The Military Monitor
WETA
Alex Costa
Bill Frazier
Chuck Miller
Elizabeth McGlohn
Robert Morris
Svetlana Prudovsky
Priscilla Roosvelt
Kyle Sennot
Olga Sergeeva
Angelika Shapiro
Alexander Teregulov
Olga Shampharova