Let me introduce myself, my name is Roman Rotenberg and I’m a special correspondent for the Russian independent media. I received my first higher education at the K. G. Razumovsky Moscow State University of Technology and Management. I received my second higher education at the Russian State University for the Humanities. I also attended MBA (Master of Business Administration) courses. As a journalist, I was interested in following the events of the Arab Spring since 2011. The more I immersed myself in the military conflict in Syria, the more I came up with the idea of writing a book about independent war reporters. They are called stringers. You can see their work on the leading TV channels in different countries, as well as on the biggest media outlets on YouTube. By 2017, I was finally mature enough to collect information about investigative journalism and war crimes in Syria.
What is this book about? The events described in the book are documented in the history of the military conflict in Syria. Based on the Arab Spring.
This is a story about a freelance war correspondent. This type of correspondent is called stringer. The task of such an editorial staff member is to get to the hottest spots on the planet. At the same time, the editorial office usually does not pay for the life and health insurance of such a journalist and is not responsible for the correspondent. Stringer sells his videos to various media outlets around the world or pre-contracts with major news media groups.
The story of several friends who decided to go on a journey as freelance war correspondents after concluding an agreement with a small media group from Central Asia. As a result of their trip, the friends filmed one of the most dangerous documentaries of the war in Western Asia.
The movie was sold in parts by two media outlets from the US and Europe on the basis of complete anonymity. Stringers have come a long and dangerous path through betrayal, fear, hatred. Then they found true friends among the peacekeepers and residents on the side of the legal government, who helped them survive in the war zone. Freelance journalists have come a long way from Damascus through Homs to Aleppo.
They visited the local car market for stolen cars. Friends jointly bought an SUV there for their journalistic investigation. Correspondents hired local private security and traveled to the city of Raqqa along the Euphrates River. The distance that the friends had to travel in only one direction is about 600 kilometers. The total length of the route was over 1,300 kilometers and the journey took 21 days.
On the way back one of the freelance war correspondents was wounded by a very small shrapnel in the leg. Not giving the importance to the injury, the journalist did not seek qualified medical help on time and already when he was returning to the plane home in intensive care upon arrival at the airport in Turkey. Adventures in Syria brought friends closer for many years after they returned to their homeland. Too many important moments were off-camera. A few years later, one of the journalists decides to write a story about their adventures in order to tell about those difficult cases that they had to go through together.
The effects of combat encounters in urban environments. Most of the residents lost their homes, many people lost their loved ones before they could evacuate.
Updated 07.09.2023: My book about independent war correspondents in Syria describing the events of 2017, «Stringer: The Shadow Market for War Correspondents», published in 2020, is now out in a limited extra edition of 1500 copies. BRATISLAVSKÉ TLACIARNE Publishing.
It took me more than three years to gather material for the book, to think about, to calculate once again the possibility of traveling to Syria in 2019. All my findings on the Syrian scenario of the Arab Spring have been realized in 420 pages of investigative journalism in the form of an adventure story with documentary details.
Russian sergeant in military field conditions. Very kind and smiling guy. Such faces are memorable for life. Approximately fall 2017.
Author: Rotenberg, Roman
Classification: Investigative journalism in the form of a historical fiction, action and adventure.
Prepared for printing: BRATISLAVSKÉ TLACIARNE, A.S. , Pristavná 1,814 99 Bratislava 1, Slovakia
Manuscript: Israel, Tel Aviv, pre-press 2020 / Russian Federation, Moscow, creation 2017-2019, cover concept 2020
What am I doing now?
I’m a civilian reporter. Nevertheless, I have been studying the situation near Donetsk. I was on an emergency trip to Rostov-on-Don to cover the events when Yevgeniy Prigozhin staged an armed uprising. All trips were coordinated with the media editorial office, and an editorial assignment was received.
Our documentary «Jevgenij Prigožin: nepodarené revolúcie» will be shown in September 2023 on satellite channel under NDA* rights in the EU. (*Nondisclosure agreement)
It was necessary to test the Thuraya satellite phone in the field before the expedition on journalism, in connection with which it was decided to go to Lake Seliger, where there are many areas not covered by GSM communication.
My Yamaha Drag Star 650 (XVS) Custom cruiser, which takes your humble servant to work every day in the summer season, was equipped for the trip.
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Disclaimer: All events in the book are fiction of the author, the characters are invented and any coincidences with real people are accidental. All dates and times in the book are random. Information about cities and objects in the country is taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica. The author asks to read this book as imaginative literature. Images courtesy of distinguished photographers Aladdin Hammami and Mahmoud Sulaiman .
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