Olga Kiriy was born in Tambov, Russia. She graduated from the Tambov branch of the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography with a degree in film directing. She started her career in journalism as a reporter with Channel One (Pervyy Kanal), the Russian channel with the biggest audience. During her time with Channel One, Olga covered significant events in the North Caucasus, including terrorist attacks in Chechnya and Ingushetia, the hostage-taking in Beslan, and the Georgian – Ossetian war in 2008. Watching RT colleagues preparing reports from the North Caucasus, she dreamt of working for the channel.
Olga joined RT Documentary in 2020. During her time with RTD, she’s filmed in different locations in Russia and abroad, including Egypt, Sakhalin, Kaliningrad, Volgograd etc.
“For me, documentary filmmaking is about creativity and the absence of restrictions related to the work of a reporter, including very strict deadlines. It’s also about the opportunity to cover burning issues, to meet different people and learn their compelling stories. Working with RTD, I’ve got a chance to learn how people live in different parts of the world and to visit places I would have never visited otherwise”.