Biography

Boris Varga

Journalist and Independent Researcher.

Professional interest: Transition of Eurasian post-communist countries.
Born in SFR Yugoslavia, province Vojvodina (1975).

Current location: Novi Sad (Serbia).

 

Education:

2012 Ph.D. in Political Science. University of Belgrade, Faculty of political sciences, dissertation ‘Electoral revolutions’ in former socialists countries, field – Democratic transition and consolidation in former post-communist countries,

1999–2000 Master of Journalism degree. Ivan Franko National University of L’viv in Ukraine, Faculty of Journalism, Department of the Foreign Media and Information, dissertation Specific of Propaganda in Balkan ethnic’s conflict 1990-2000.

 

Professional Experience:

Reported from 14 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Great Britain and Canada.

2000 June – Current: Correspondent of British World Service Ukrainian Section BBC from Western Balkans.

Reported directly from numerous historical events which took place, such as the fall of Slobodan Milosevic’s regime (2000), Armed conflict in Preshevska Dolina (2000-2001), Armed conflict in Macedonia (2001), Assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic (2003), Ethnic violence in Kosovo (2004), Vukovar war crimes trial-deportation of ethnics Ruthenians-Ukrainians from Croatia (2000-2009), Montenegro’s formation of Independence (2006), Kosovo’s formation Independence (2008), North Kosovo crisis (2011-2013), Ukrainian crisis (2013-2015).

2007 August – Current: Editor of different issues for Public publishing house “R.slovo” (Novi Sad, Serbia),

2000 November – 2009 May: Observer of the former Soviet Union region Belgrade’s reputable political magazine “VREME” (Belgrade, Serbia),

2006 May – 2009 June: Observer of the former Soviet Union region in Daily Newspaper “Gradjanski list” (Novi Sad, Serbia),

2000 October – 2001 October: Mentor in the Monitoring section Novi Sad’s School of Journalism (Novi Sad, Serbia),

1999 October – 2000 May: Editor and Journalist in Radio “Iniciyatyva” (L’viv, Ukraine),

1997 September – 1999 September: Journalist in info-commercial program in Radio “L’vivska Hvylya” (L’viv, Ukraine),

Employ by numerous media corporations of Balkan mass media houses: Radio “B-92″ (Belgrade), Magazine “Helsinska povelja” (Belgrade), Magazine “Ekonom:east” (Belgrade), Daily Newspaper “Dnevnik” (Novi Sad), Radio “021” (Novi Sad), Radio “Novi Sad”, Radio “Kula” (Kula), Ukrainian Newspaper “Ridne slovo” (Kula), Web “Pescanik” (Belgrade), Inform-agency “Makfax” (Macedonia, Skoplje), Web “Al Jazeera Balkans” (BiH, Sarajevo).

Employed by numerous media corporations in Ukraine: Radio “Public Radio” (Kiev, 2000-2004), TV chanal “Most” (L’viv, 1998), Newspaper “Postup” (L’viv, 1997-2003), Magazine “Ji” (L’viv, 1997-2007), News-agency “Unian” (Kiev, 2006).

 

Published Books:

Evropa posle Majdana, Studentski kulturni centar Novi Sad, Novi Sad, 2015. (journalistic analysis),

Farbanje demokratije (Painting Democracy), Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava, Belgrade, 2013. (journalistic analysis),

Od ‘šarenih revolucija’ do Anonimusa (From ‘color revolution’ to Anonymous), VPA, Novi Sad, 2013. (science research),

‘Izborne revolucije’ u bivšim socijalističkim državama (‘Electoral revolutions’ in former socialist countries), VANU, Novi Sad, 2012. (PhD science research),

Putin i baršunasta gerila (Putin and Velvet guerrilla), VREME, Belgrade, 2007. (journalistic analysis),

Sirove i varene/Сирове и варене (The Raw and the Cooked), Drukarnja RK, R. Krstur, 1997. (fiction book of novels).

 

Professional Specialization:

2003 Specialization in the Centre for Russian and Eastern European studies, University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada),

2000 Specialization on Head office of World Service BBC Bush House in London (UK),

1999 First Ukrainian Zbigniew Pelczynski’s (Professor of Political Science at Oxford University) School for young leaders (L’viv, Ukraine)

 

Social Activities:

2012 Member of Forum for International Relations (Belgrade, Serbia),

2011 Member of Council of Vojvodina’s Politologist Association (Novi Sad, Serbia),

2000 The Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS, Belgrade, Serbia),

2000 Motioner of rebroadcasting Belgrade’s Radio “B2-92″ on Lviv’s Radio “Iniciyativa”, after Slobodan Milosevic’s regime banned programming of independent radio stations in Serbia,

1999 One of the founders and editors of first Ukrainian Independent Radio “Iniciyativa” in L’viv from which contribution let to the development of the body of journalists “Orange revolution”, Fall of 2004,

1997 Member of influential culture-political group “Ji” in L’viv.

 

Publications (see more in section BIOGRAPHY RESEARCH):

–”‘Electoral revolutions’ and ‘Arab Spring’ – Fourth Wave of Democratization?”, Politikon, VPA, Novi Sad, March 2012,

–”Security and Alliance”, Open Door Politics – Open Door of Euro-Atlantic Youth Forum, Conference (VPA and Centar za politiku i evroatlantsko partnerstvo), Novi Sad, Master Center, 07. October 2011,

–”Jogurt on ‘Velvet revolution'”, in Jogurt revolucija 1988: Vojvodina od Ustava do Statuta, Slobodan Budakov (ed.), Vojvođanski klub, Agencija “MiR”, Novi Sad, 2009,

–”SSSR or How the Communism Fall”, Totalitarian regimes – View from Inside and Outside, Workshop: Human Rights Festival VIVISECTfest (NGO Vojvođanka), Novi Sad, SPENS, 11. December 2008,

–”Geopolitical situation after Caucasus conflict: Serbia and Georgia – Comparative Analysis”, Stability and Trust, Conference (SONS), City Council of Novi Sad, 25. October 2008,

–”Vojvodina: multiculturality and Civic Activism”, in: Multiethnic’s identity in Vojvodina: Challenges in 2007-08, Pavel Domonji (ed.), Helsinške sveske br. 27, Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava u Srbiji, Belgrade, 2008,

–”Euro-Atlantic integrations and post-communist countries”, Conference of regional Euro-Atlantic Initiative, Conference (Centar za politiku i evroatlantsko partnerstvo), Novi Sad, AP Vojvodina, 07. February 2008,

–”Euro-Atlantic integrations and Serbia – Are there Alternatives to EU Membership? “, Mass-media in Transition – Serbia on Geopolitical Map, Workshop (Centar za politiku i evroatlantsko partnerstvo, SAJAM, Otpor konsalting), Novi Sad, Master Center, 09. March 2007.

 

Hobby:

Movies, music and bicycle.