Kim Traill

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Kim Traill

Kim Traill is a native English speaking video/print/photo journalist, based in Vienna since 2012.

From 1990 - 2016, Kim has lived and worked in the former USSR for multiple periods, totalling approximately 5 years. 

During this time, she traveled extensively throughout Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the Baltic states. Kim speaks Russian, German and has a large network of contacts in many spheres of society, including media and human rights organisations.

Between 1999 - 2015, Kim researched and filmed many long form documentaries in the former USSR, Afghanistan and Cuba for SBS Australia’s international current affairs program, Dateline. 

Among others, these include films about: the conflict in Chechnya; repression of media in Russia; the rise of Russian nationalism; the persecution of opposition activists in Belarus; drug addiction and the HIV epidemic in the former USSR; nuclear pollution; Russia’s ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law; and Chechen refugees from Vienna fighting in Syria.

Kim has also worked separately as producer, camera, fixer, translator and reporter for various programs broadcast on ABC Australia, BBC Newsnight, PressTV, Puls4.

Her book - Red Square Blues - The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union - was published in 2009 by HarperCollins.

More recently, Kim has freelanced as a journalist/photographer for ABC Australia’s online news features, reporting from Austria, Ukraine and Russia on social and political issues. 

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'Is Jesus alive and well and living in Siberia? Yes, according to the thousands of European followers of Sergei Torop, a former Russian traffic cop and self-proclaimed second coming of Christ, 'Vissarion'. Deep in the mountains, Vissarion has built a community of 5000 followers from the former Soviet Union, Germany, Bulgaria and Belgium. "It's a mini-Soviet Union...the openness, trust, absence of selfishness.." says one commune member. "Society is non-harmonious", Vissarion explains. "It has to refashion itself radically."So far his somewhat unorthodox take on the Bible has attracted over 20,000 other followers worldwide. "It will be a new civilisation", insists Igor, a devout follower.'

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