As Russian media is banned from using the words 'war' or 'invasion', most Russians appear to be getting an incomplete picture of the crisis unfolding in Ukraine.
Foreign media has largely been forced to leave the country making transparent news more and more difficult to get hold of.
But what is really happening inside Russia? Is there space for Russians to speak out against the war? What do the recent polls in support of Vladimir Putin's policy demonstrate? How are Russian nationals abroad being affected? And do we have any idea how badly the looming economic crisis due to sanctions is going to hit?
Our panel includes Clarissa Ward, Emma Burrows, Evgenia Kara-Murza, and Katerina Kotrikadze.
Moderator: CNN's chief international correspondent at CNN
Clarissa Ward is CNN's multi-award winning chief international correspondent based in London. For more than 15 years Ward has reported from front lines across the world from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Yemen to Ukraine and Georgia during the Russian incursion in 2008. Named 2019 Reporter/Correspondent of the Year by the Gracies, she is the author of 'On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist' (Penguin Press), a memoir that details her singular career as a conflict reporter and how she has documented the violent remaking of the world from close range.
Emma is a News Editor with ITV News and was deployed to Russia in early February with ITV for a total of almost two months. Previously, she was the CNN field producer in Moscow. She speaks fluent Russian having lived in Russia for five years.
Evgenia Kara-Murza is the project manager of the Free Russia Foundation and wife of detained Russian opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza - Russian dissident- a writer, political activist, and spokesman for Russia’s beleaguered democrats. He was a close associate of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader whom the regime murdered near the Kremlin in 2015. Twice Kara-Murza was poisoned by the regime, nearly killing him. She will be joining online from the US.
Katerina is a Georgian-Russian journalist and media manager, host of the Dozhd TV channel and the former head of the information service of the RTVI TV channel. She will be joining online from New York.