Vladimir Posner

Born Apr 1, 1934

Vladimir Vladimirovich Posner, born 1 April 1934, is a Russian journalist best known in the West for appearing on television to represent and explain the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He was a memorable spokesman for the Soviets in part because he had grown up in the United States and spoke flawless American English with a New York accent.… Read More

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1934 Birth Vladimir Pozner was born on April 1, 1934, in Paris to a Russian Jewish father, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner, and a French Catholic mother, Géraldine Lutten. … Read More
1939 5 Years Old In the spring of 1939 Pozner's parents reunited and the family returned to Paris, France.
1940 6 Years Old After the outbreak of World War II and the invasion of France the Pozners fled Paris in the fall of 1940, traveling via Marseilles in the Free Zone, Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon, before sailing back to America. … Read More


1946 12 Years Old In 1946, with the advent of what later came to be called McCarthyism, Pozner senior began to have serious problems with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because of his pro-Soviet views and correctly suspected cooperation with the Soviet intelligence services. … Read More
1948 14 Years Old So the Pozners moved in 1948 to the Soviet sector of Berlin where Pozner senior was offered a position with SovExportFilm, an international distributor of Soviet films.
1950 16 Years Old At some point Pozner junior claimed to have stayed behind in New York, attending Columbia College between 1950 and December 1953; however, there appears to be no record of him at Columbia; currently he tells of attending a Russian military-style high school in Berlin run by the Soviet Military Administration during that time. … Read More
1953 19 Years Old In 1953 the younger Pozner enrolled at Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology and Soil Science, majoring in human physiology.


1958 24 Years Old He graduated in 1958.
1961 27 Years Old Pozner began his career as "quote, unquote a journalist", unwittingly, according to Pozner, in a disinformation department of the KGB. In 1961 he was offered the position of senior editor with the English-language Soviet Life magazine.


1967 33 Years Old In 1967 he transferred to a sister publication, Sputnik, leaving it in February 1970 to become a host of the Voice of Moscow, a "propaganda radio program", according to RT, a television network funded by the Russian government. … Read More
1968 34 Years Old …  They divorced in 1968. … Read More


1990 56 Years Old However, while stopping short of unequivocal endorsement and support, he nevertheless rationalized, among others, the arrest and exiling of Andrei Sakharov, the invasion of Afghanistan and shooting down of KAL 007, in his 1990 autobiography Parting with Illusions. … Read More
1991 57 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However, in 1991 Pozner was asked to resign after being quoted voicing his support for Boris Yeltsin over Mikhail Gorbachev.


1994 60 Years Old From its foundation in 1994 until 2008 Pozner was president of the Russian Television Academy, which annually awards the prestigious TEFI trophy. … Read More
1997 63 Years Old 1 More Event
He returned to Moscow in 1997, continuing his work as an independent television journalist.
2008 74 Years Old In 2008 Pozner, with Ivan Urgant and Brian Kahn, released "Odnoetazhnaya Amerika" ("One-Storied America"), a 16 episode travel documentary based on the 1937 book "Little Golden America" by Ilya Ilf and Yevgenyi Petrov.
2010 76 Years Old Pozner and Urgant also collaborated on a subsequent projects: "Tour de France", "Their Italy", "German conundrum", "England generally and particularly", "Jewish happiness", set to air in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 respectively.
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