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Anton Borisovich Nossik

(1966-07-04)4 July 1966
Died 9 July 2017(2017-07-09) (aged 51)
Pirogovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Other names Anton Nosik
Occupation manager, public figure, writer, blogger, columnist, editor, journalist
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Anton Borisovich Nossik (Russian: Анто́н Бори́сович Но́сик; 4 July 1966 – 9 July 2017) was a Russian journalist, social activist and blogger (10th place in RuNet according to Yandex.Blogs ranking). Sometimes he is called one of the godfathers of the Russian Internet or the first Russian-language blogger. He was an editor for the Russian online news publications,, and

Nossik was one of the former managers of Rambler and blogging service holding company SUP Media (participated in this capacity in the LiveJournal service acquisition), and was the founder of charitable foundation. Since mid-October 2009, he was appointed Deputy General Director of United Media and, concurrently, the position of chief editor From 16 November 2011 to 29 November 2012, he was the media director of SUP Media, which owns the LiveJournal service. In mid-2014, he co-founded Fuzzy cheese, a market and public-opinion research company.


Встреча с представителями интернет-сообщества
In 2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with representatives of the Russian internet community, including Anton Nossik.

Born in the family of the writer Boris Nossik and Polish philologist Victoria Mochalova, his father was elected as an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2011. He had one sister, Sandra, who teaches sociolinguistics at the French University of Franche-Comté. The artist Ilya Kabakov was his stepfather.

He graduated from medical school (Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry), but he was better known for his role in pioneering the beginning of Russian online news. Nossik moved to Israel in the early 90s and worked for some time at the Jerusalem Post, before returning to Russia in 1997.


Nossik was a member of the public council of the Russian Jewish Congress. He was also a co-chair of the first roundtable on the introduction of Creative Commons licenses in the Russian Federation in 2008. His photos are available under CC-BY-2.0 and CC-BY-3.0 licenses.

..... He was later involved in the Ukraine — Russia: Dialogue conference, which took place in Kyiv during 24–25 April 2014.

Nosik was a strident critic of the Russian government’s moves to crack down on internet freedoms in recent years with harsh legislative regulation. Speaking to AFP in 2014, he warned that “Russia’s shift to the North Korean model of managing the internet will have far-reaching consequences for the country’s economy and public sentiment.”

In 2014, Nossik posted an article in response to Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on internet freedom called “Russia’s First Blogger Reacts to Putin’s Internet Crackdown”: "In December 1999, three days before he became acting president of Russia, Vladimir Putin made a solemn pledge to honor and protect Internet freedom of speech and commerce, recognizing the importance of this new industry for Russia’s modernization and general development. As a result, the Internet developed into Russia's only competitive industry. When Putin had made his initial pledge not to interfere, he lived up to his promise for almost 13 years. Unfortunately, those 13 happy years are over now and we’re witnessing a fast and ruthless destruction of online freedom." In the article, Nossik criticized Putin's flip-flopping stance and move to silence internet journalists. “This Orwellian masterpiece of legislation was signed into law by Vladimir Putin on May 5, 2014, and it will be enforced from August 1, 2014. Will that be the last day of Russian Internet? Maybe. Unless a new law kills it even faster,” he wrote.


Nossik died from a heart attack in the night of 9 July 2017 at the age of 51 in Pirogovo, Mytishchinsky District, Moscow Oblast, in the summer house of his friends.

In the hours since his death, Russian bloggers, journalists, and media personalities have shared their memories of Nossik, whom they remember as a dogged worker who built the RuNet from the ground up, helping turn it into, in his own words, Russia's only territory of unlimited free speech. Pavel Durov, the founder of VKontakte and Telegram, wrote in a post on VKontakte on Sunday that Nossik had until his last days, stood in defense of the Internet and common sense in his precise and vivid posts on LiveJournal, where Nossik blogged. Galina Timchenko, the executive editor of the news website Meduza and a former colleague of Nossik's, wrote: "For all of us at Meduza, Nossik was probably the single most important person on the Russian Internet; we consider him to be the founding father of Russian Internet journalism."

See also

  • Vesti (Israeli newspaper)
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