Sergey Dorenko, Russian journalist and news presenter, Died at 59

Sergey Leonidovich Dorenko was born in October 1959, and died on May 9, 2019, from a heart attack; he was a Russian TV and radio journalist, famous for hosting a controversial weekly news commentary program in 1999 to 2000.

In 1982, Sergey graduated from People’s Friendship University of Russia in Moscow and served as a Portuguese-Russian translator in Angola.

In June 1984, he was drafted to the military but was, discharged in January 1985 due to health problems.

In April 1985, Sergey became an employee of Gosteleradio (State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, the only TV and radio broadcaster in the Soviet Union).

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Between 1996 and 1999 he hosted Vremya, a news commentary program on ORT.

In September 1999 Dorenko hosted the influential weekly Sergey Dorenko Show on Saturdays at 9 pm, and in November 1999 became a Deputy Director General of ORT.

He was critical of the Mayor of Moscow, Yuriy Luzhkov, Yevgeny Primakov and their party Fatherland-All Russia, who were significant opponents of Vladimir Putin and the pro-Putin party Unity during the 1999 State Duma electoral campaign.

In his program collages of Luzhkov in women’s dress were shown.

In August 2000, Sergey program criticized the government handling of the submarine Kursk explosion.

Soon afterwards, his program was, cancelled, and Sergey alleged that this was a result of pressure from the Kremlin.

According to BBC News, Sergey told Echo of Moscow radio at the time that “on August 29 the president proposed that I join his team, as he put it, and stay at Channel 1 to be his favourite and best-loved journalist.”

Sadly, Sergey Leonidovich Dorenko passed away on May 9, 2019, from a heart attack; he was 59 years old.