Vladimir Pozner Biography, Age, Height, Married, Career, Scandals, Net Worth

Vladimir Pozner Biography

Vladimir Pozner (was born as Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner) is a French-born Russian-American journalist and broadcaster 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 memorable as a spokesman for the Soviets in part because he grew up in the United States and speaks English, Russian and French fluently.

Vladimir Pozner Age, Heigh, And Body Measurements

Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner is a French-born Russian-American journalist and broadcaster 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 born on 1 April 1934 (age 85 years), Paris, France. Posner is 85 years old as of 2019. His height and body measurements are still under review.

Vladimir Pozner Early Life And Education

Vladimir Pozner was born in Paris on 1 April 1934, to a Russian Jewish father, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner, and a French Catholic mother, Géraldine Lutten. The couple separated shortly after his birth.

When Vladimir was 3 months old he and his mother moved to New York City, where Géraldine’s mother and younger sister lived. In the spring of 1939, Pozner’s parents reunited and the family returned to Paris, France.

After the outbreak of World War II and the invasion of France, the Pozners fled Paris in the fall of 1940, traveling via Marseille in the Free Zone, Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon, before sailing back to America.

The escape was partially financed by a Jewish family whose adult daughter traveled with the Pozners disguised as Vladimir’s nanny.

Back in New York, Vladimir attended Caroline Pratt’s City and Country School and later Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Robert Hollander, an elementary school friend of Pozner, remembered him most vividly for “his capacities for, one, having extraordinarily attractive fantasies and, two, forgetting the rest of us to believe them.”

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 alleged cooperation with the Soviet intelligence services.

The documents that conclusively proved the secret service connections of his father were published in 1996 in the US.

As a result, the Pozners intended to return to France, but Pozner senior was refused a French visa after being denounced to the French Foreign Ministry as a “subversive element” and a spy.

The family moved in 1948 to the Soviet sector of Berlin where Pozner senior was offered a position with SovExportFilm, an international distributor of Soviet films.

At one time 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.

In 1952, the Pozner family moved to Moscow. In 1953 the younger Pozner enrolled at Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology and Soil Science, majoring in human physiology. He graduated in 1958.

Vladimir Pozner Personal Life

In his last year at Moscow University (1958), Pozner married Valentina Chemberdzhi, a fellow student at the Department of Philology.

Two years later they had a daughter, Yekaterina. Since 1990 Yekaterina has lived in Berlin, where she is a professional pianist and composer, working as Katia Tchemberdji, currently lives in Berlin.[24] Pozner and his first wife divorced in 1968.

Around the time of his divorce, Pozner met his second wife, Yekaterina Orlova, while they were both working for the Novosti Press Agency’s Sputnik magazine.

They were married for 35 years. Orlova, an accomplished journalist in her own right, was a co-founder of the Pozner School for Television Excellence.

Since 2005 Pozner has been linked with Nadezhda Solovyova, а leading Russian show business impresario.

Pozner holds three citizenships: French – by birth, Russian (initially, Soviet) – presumably by descent and the US – obtained in the early 1990s by naturalization.

In 1968, while attempting to renounce his French nationality so that he could visit France without fear of prosecution for failure to serve in the Algerian War, he was formally notified by the Soviet Foreign Ministry that his Soviet passport, initially granted to him in 1950, at 16, had been issued in error, and that he was not, in fact, a citizen of the USSR.

Much to Pozner’s amusement this also technically invalidated, among other things, his membership in the CPSU, his marriage and divorce, his residency permit (propiska), and his rank of lieutenant in the reserves.

Pozner is a fan of tennis and baseball. In 1992 he co-founded The Moscow Dummies (Московские Чайники, lit. the Moscow Teapots, see “chainik” for the term), an amateur baseball team. He is a cigar aficionado. He also collects turtle figurines and fountain pens. He enjoys playing charades.

Vladimir Pozner Married And Spouse

The first wife of Vladimir Posner was a Russian philologist and translator Valentina Tchemberdji. Their marriage had lasted for ten years, from 1957 to 1968.

In 1960 in their family their daughter Ekaterina Tchemberdji was born, who later became a composer and a pianist. Today Ekaterina lives in Germany.

In 1969 Vladimir Posner married for the second time. Ekaterina Orlova with whom the journalist had founded the “Pozner School” show, became his darling.

Vladimir Pozner Ekaterina Mikhailovna was a school director for a long time, but it hadn’t saved their marriage. Together they had lived till 2005, they hadn’t had any children, and had broken up after 36 years of joint life.

In 2008 the TV host married for the third time. The TV producer Nadezhda Soloviova became his wife. This woman is a founder of the promotion and concert company Sav Entertainment which brought a number of western stage stars to Moscow.

Vladimir Posner got acquainted with Nadezhda according to the recommendations of his friends: he decided to make a special program about the fight against AIDS. He needed a skilled producer, and Soloviova was the one he really liked.

The passion which had flashed between Vladimir and Nadezhda forced the woman to leave her husband – the composer Valery Myagkikh.

The personal life of Posner with this woman was painted with new colors: Vladimir Vladimirovich claims that he had always had forces and determination to change his life, but not to act like the majority, living together because of a habit until the end of life. The age difference between spouses is 21 years.

Recently Vladimir Posner has made a statement disproving the information which was spread by unfair advertisers.

He has told that he has never had diabetes and hasn’t cured this disease with the help of Chinese plaster. Moreover, the TV journalist claims that he has never advertised any medicine or other goods.

Vladimir Pozner Career

Pozner began his career as “quote, unquote a journalist” – unwittingly, by his own account – in a disinformation department of the KGB.

In 1961 he was offered the position of the senior editor with the English-language Soviet Life magazine. In 1967 he transferred to a sister publication, Sputnik, leaving it in February 1970 to take up a post with the State Television and Radio Committee, where he became a chief commentator and host of the propaganda radio program the Voice of Moscow on the North American service of Radio Moscow.

Beginning in the early 1970s, and until the early 1990s, Pozner was a regular guest on Ray Briem’s talk show on KABC in Los Angeles.

During the 1980s, he was a favorite guest on Ted Koppel’s Nightline. Pozner was the host of Moscow Meridian, an English-language current affairs program focusing on the Soviet Union; the show was produced by Gosteleradio, the Soviet State Committee for Television and Radio and broadcast on the Satellite Program Network. He also often appeared on The Phil Donahue Show.

In his Western media appearances, Pozner was a charismatic and articulate apologist for some of the Soviet Union’s most controversial foreign and domestic policy decisions.

He would frequently draw parallels and point out similarities between Soviet and Western policies as well as candidly admitting the existence of certain problems in the USSR.

However, while stopping short of unequivocal endorsement and support, he nevertheless rationalized, among other events, the arrest and exiling of Andrei Sakharov, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the shooting down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, in his 1990 autobiography Parting with Illusions.

Later, he wrote that some of the positions he had taken were wrong and immoral. In a 2005 interview with NPR’s On the Media, Pozner spoke openly about his role as a Soviet spokesman, stating bluntly, “What I was doing was propaganda.”

Comparing his former role to that of Karen Hughes, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, he commented that “You know, as someone who’s gone through this and someone who regrets having done what he’s done, and who spent many, many years of his life, and I think probably the best years of my life, doing something that was wrong, I say it just isn’t worth it”.

Despite his frequent appearances in the North American media and his near-celebrity status there as the principal spokesman for the Soviet Union, Pozner remained virtually unknown at home.

This changed in the mid-1980s when Pozner co-hosted several bilateral, televised discussions (or “space bridges”) between audiences in the Soviet Union and the US, carried via satellite.

These were initially produced with Helene Keyssar at the University of California, San Diego. They included “Moscow Calling San Diego: Children and Film” (with Mike Cole), “Remembering War” (May 7, 1985, with Fred Starr).

Later programs included “Citizens Summit I – Leningrad/Seattle” (December 29, 1985) and “Citizens Summit II: Women to Women – Leningrad/Boston” (May 20, 1986) – both with Phil Donahue.

The programs marked a dramatic turning point in Pozner’s career, garnering him instant renown and wide popularity and acclaim from domestic audiences in the USSR.

Pozner also introduced Russian rock band Autograph for Live Aid. He was promoted to the position of “political observer of Central Television”, the highest journalistic rank at Gosteleradio, and started to work on programs that were broadcast domestically.

However, in 1991 Pozner was asked to resign after being quoted voicing his support for Boris Yeltsin over Mikhail Gorbachev.

Later that year, Pozner received an offer to work with Phil Donahue and moved to the United States. From 1991 to 1994 they co-hosted Pozner/Donahue, a weekly, issues-oriented roundtable program, which was aired both on CNBC and in syndication. While living in New York, Pozner regularly commuted to Moscow to tape his programs that aired in Russia.

Pozner returned to Moscow in 1997, continuing his work as an independent television journalist. Later that year, he founded the School for Television Excellence («Школа телевизионного мастерства») in Moscow to educate and promote young journalists.

From its foundation in 1994 until 2008 Pozner was president of the Russian Television Academy, which annually awards the prestigious TEFI trophy. Pozner also worked for the Institute for US and Canadian Studies, a Soviet think tank.

Since 2004, Pozner and his brother Pavel have owned a French brasserie in Moscow, Жеральдин (Chez Géraldine), named after their mother.

Vladimir Pozner Shows

Vladimir Pozner interviews U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the “Pozner Show” in Moscow, March 19, 2010

For many years during the Cold War, Pozner delivered the nightly “Radio Moscow News and Commentary” program on the North America Service with his signature greeting, “Thank you and good evening”. Pozner was the host of several shows on Russian TV, among them the US-Soviet space bridges, “Mi” (translated “Us”), “Vremya i Mi” (“The Time and Us”), “Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Poznerom” (“Sunday Night with Vladimir Pozner”), “Chelovek v maske” (“A Man in the Mask”), “Vremena” (“Times”). Most of these followed a talk show format, with varying numbers of guests and varying degree and manner of audience participation.

Since 2004 Pozner has been contributing his time as the host of “Vremya Zhyt’ !” (“A time to live!”), a series of talk shows about the problem of HIV/AIDS. The programs are produced and broadcast by regional television stations and focus on addressing the local challenges that exist in different parts of Russia.

In the documentary film “Lugovoy, pervy podozrevaemy” [Lugovoy, the first suspected] about Andrey Lugovoy, suspected to be the killer of Alexandre Litvinenko, Pozner makes important statements, such as KGB-agents were taken for heroes in the Soviet Union, like James Bond in England

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 Yevgeny Petrov.

Posner and Urgent also collaborated on 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.

As of 2010 Pozner hosts an eponymous interview show “Pozner” on Russia’s Channel One He has a lively and unconstrained style of hosting, often firing poignant off-the-cuff remarks at his guests.

He frequently comments on the political or economic decision presently at issue in his show could affect the common people of Russia.

Vladimir Pozner Scandals

The popular TV host, journalist, and writer has not only an impressive army of admirers but a lot of critics as well. The publicist Sergey Smirnov claims that Posner has distorted many historical facts in his program “Times”, using manipulative technologies.

Vladimir Posner’s words that the adoption of Orthodoxy was “one of the greatest tragedies for Russia” and that “the orthodox church has done enormous harm” to the country caused controversial reaction.

These statements were criticized by the protodeacon Andrey Kuraev, and the journalist Dmitry Sokolov-Mitrich claims, that Vladimir Posner hates Orthodoxy.

Even the Federation of the Jewish communities of Russia criticized Pozner’s position. Nevertheless, on the air of Russian News Service, the journalist and TV host once again confirmed and completed his earlier statements.

At present times Pozner remains one of the most authoritative and popular TV journalists and TV hosts whose opinion is important if not for millions of people, then for many thousands of them.

His words about the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea to the Russian Federation caused a vigorous response. Vladimir Posner said that “annexation of the Crimea seems to be idiotic”, and Vladimir Putin “can become a line in the history textbook which finishes with the words “died in prison”.

The journalist also commented quite sharply on the election of Donald Trump as the president. He claims that the person who doesn’t have any political experience can’t rule such a country as the United States.

Moreover, Pozner won’t be surprised if Trump isn’t able to remain in the president’s chair during the given term.

Vladimir Vladimirovich’s frankness often causes scandals. In 2016 Posner invited the soloist of the “Leningrad” band Sergey Shnurov to his program.

According to the TV host, he wanted to understand a secret of success of the eccentric rocker at young people. But two stars didn’t find the common language, moreover they didn’t like each other. As a consequence, their conflict developed into the verbal arguments in social networks.

Vladimir Posner admitted that he had found the answer to his question: what is the reason for Shnurov’s popularity – there is no reason.

The scandalous musician hadn’t remained in debt too, and reproached the TV host that he had got a false idea of himself as a “God of television”.

At the beginning of 2017, there was a new scandal which was again caused by Posner’s frankness. He as one of the judges of the ninth season of the TV project “Minute of Fame”, not only criticized the performance of the dancer without a leg Evgeny Smirnov but also refused to the contestant in further participation in the project.

On his Instagram Vladimir Posner explained that the contestant recoursed to the prohibited method because a disabled person couldn’t compete on the general basis with healthy people, counting on the “bonus” as pity or compassion.

Pozner’s colleague from the jury Renata Litvinova agreed with Vladimir Vladimirovich and advised Smirnov to fasten the artificial limb and to stop “taking advantage of this subject”. Sergey Yursky and Sergey Svetlakov appeared to be more loyal to Evgeny.

Vladimir Pozner Books

  • Pozner, Vladimir; Helene G. Keyssar (1990). Remembering War: A U.S.-Soviet Dialogue. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-505126-1.
  • Pozner, Vladimir (March 1991). Parting With Illusions: The Extraordinary Life and Controversial Views of the Soviet Union’s Leading Commentator. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-380-71349-3.
  • Pozner, Vladimir (February 1992). Eyewitness: A Personal Account of the Unraveling of the Soviet Union. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-41202-1.
  • Pozner, Vladimir; Brian Kahn; Ivan Urgant (2008). Odnoėtazhnaia Amerika (in Russian). Zebra E. ISBN 978-5-94663-604-9.

Vladimir Pozner Net Worth

His net worth is also still under review.

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