Taisia Bekbulatova : Why Street Interviews in Russia Aren’t Your Regular Vox Pops

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The Moscow Times

I usually bite my tongue when it comes to criticizing fellow journalists. Let’s face it, we’re not short on critics. But it’s hard to stay silent when I see them relying on street interviews, time and again, to tap into Russian sentiments about the war. Why are they still doing it? Also known as “vox pops,” these might be great for getting opinions on the new neighborhood playground or the latest summer blockbuster. But when it comes to complex issues like war, it’s a different ballgame. The stakes are higher, the nuances are deeper, and the potential for misrepresentation is vast. Back in Aug…

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