Although she has served for several years as the anchor of the RT channel in Spanish, Inna Afinogenova became known among the general public in January 2019 when a video of her went viral on YouTube in which she proclaimed herself Empress of Russia.
The satire, which began with black humor his analysis of the news of the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó in Venezuela, caused the reporter and youtuber to be known since then by the nickname "The Empress."
The young reporter, since September of this year, participates as a volunteer in the third phase of testing of the Sputnik V vaccine and has made public her experience recounting the moment by moment through her Telegram channel. It seeks to make clear that most of what is said against the drug authorized by Moscow falls under the category of fake news.
“Today I started preparations to get the Sputnik vaccine against covid in the framework of the third phase of clinical trials. We were several volunteers from RT. They gave us a complete exam, we signed some papers and if the results are optimal, in two days they will give us the first dose of the vaccine ”.
Thus began, on September 18, the journal of the young journalist on Telegram, which she builds with texts, photos and videos. She emphasizes that the Russian vaccine is safe and that it meets all scientific standards, also that it was involved as a result of a totally autonomous determination.
“My participation in this essay has nothing to do with my work, but is a very thoughtful personal decision. In the situation we are in, it would have participated in the trials of any vaccine, be it the Russian, the Chinese, the Cuban or any large pharmaceutical company. I had access to it and signed up. The decision to share information about how I'm doing has nothing to do with my job either. I think it is in the general interest and it would be stupid not to report this experience with the audience I have," she said on October 13 when the second dose of the drug was applied.
Who is Inna?
Lives in Moscow. He has more than half a million followers on his channel YouTube, 22 thousand 500 on Telegram and is one of the most emblematic faces of RT. With his numbers he could perfectly fit into that new breed of celebrities that they call "influencer"; however, few personal details about Inna can be found on the internet, thanks in part to herself.
For example, she has not updated her Instagram account since 2017, but in contrast, her Ahí les va channel account is dedicatedly managed with complementary content to those offered on YouTube. On Twitter, for its part, it has 230 thousand followers, who read and participate with attention in its trills, all of which have to do with its journalistic work and with international news, especially Latin America, where its main niche is. All its contents are in perfect Spanish with a Spanish accent.
She is currently deputy director of the RT information portal on the web. In her appearances and social networks, she tends to ironic about being a "Russian bot" or a "puppet at the service of the Kremlim." The characteristic style of her narration, always impregnated with intelligent irony and acid criticism of the hegemonic media and the right-wing governments, does not detract from the seriousness of her work, on the contrary, everything she shares is carried out with an evident informative and pedagogical intention.
One in 40 thousand
The experience that Inna recounted on Telegram for more than two months is shared with the rest of the other 40 thousand participants in the third phase of Sputnik V clinical tests. This is emphatically reiterated by Inna in her reports because much of the bad fame attributed to the Russian vaccine is that it was not sufficiently tested and that it had very limited test subjects, a lie that even highly regarded scientific journals such as the British Lancet have smashed even though the mainstream media are not aware of it.
“I got tired of being afraid of the virus and as soon as it was announced that volunteers are being sought I ran to fill out the papers. With that I would also like to clarify that this issue has nothing to do with my work, it is a personal decision. They give between tenderness and sardonic laughter the messages of the people who write me that I do it so that they do not throw me off RT (that is: I submit to something that, according to them, will kill me or at least leave me disabled so that they do not fire me , Hahaha). Indeed, some seem to have been out of the movie 'Good Bye Lenin!' An hour ago. I have a family and I got tired of worrying about them every day since March. I prefer to try whatever it is that gives us some hope in me as soon as possible to see if it works, and if it works, I will rush my mother to do the same. It's that easy".
That was shared after taking the first dose. In the message she also said that that first night she had a fever and chest pain, like many of her fellow experiments.
In addition to her personal experience, the journalist has also explained in her messages the operation of the double vector and double dose of the drug, how she managed to be selected after completing several physical tests and how she interacts with the medical staff through an application that she had to download on her cell phone where she must report her health status daily.
She explained that of the 40 who participate, 10 did not receive the vaccine but a placebo, as established by the protocols for this type of procedure. Although Afinogenova at first thought she might be one of the control minority people, side effects and a lab test done after the second dose deterred her from the idea.
She wrote it on November XNUMX: “I just got the results of the antibody test I took yesterday. I have antibodies and many. Before getting vaccinated, I didn't have them, the vaccine generated them. On the unwanted effects: fever XNUMX the day of the first injection (which I lowered with paracetamol), weakness, headache. After the second injection I did not have any adverse effects. Now: to live ”.