• C. Erdost Akin

    PhD Candidate in International Relations at Central European University. He specializes on body politics and political violence.

  • Nurlan Aliyev

    Ph.D. in philosophy and security studies. Lecturer in the University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw

  • Maxim Alyukov

    Political sociologist, postdoctoral fellow at King’s Russia Institute, King’s College London, and a researcher with Public Sociology Laboratory, St. Petersburg.

  • Stanislav Andreychuk

    Council member, Movement for Defence of Voters’ Rights “Golos”

  • Gregory Asmolov

    Lecturer in Digital Entrepreneurship at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

  • Emil Avdaliani

    PhD in history. Political analyst of Russia and wider Eurasian region. Lecturer at Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University

  • Alexandra Baeva

    Coordinator of the ECHR program at  OVD-Info, human rights media project

  • Anton Barbashin

    Editorial director at Riddle, political analyst

  • Vsevolod Bederson

    Research Fellow, Center for Comparative History and Political Studies

  • Sergey Belanovsky

    Sociologist, Ph.D. in economics

  • Ekaterina Borovikova

    Independent researcher

  • Ekaterina Borozdina

    Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, EUSP

  • Georgy Bovt

    Political scientist, journalist. PhD in History. 2007 – 2011 – co-chairman of the “Right Cause” political party.

  • Fabian Burkhardt

    Editorial Board, Riddle. 2015−2018 — Editorial Board, Intersection. Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute for East European Studies (IOS), Regensburg. Editor, Russland-Analysen.

  • Irina Busygina

    Political scientist

  • Denis Cenusa

    Political analyst, associated expert at Eastern Europe Studies Centre (Lithuania) and Expert-Grup (Moldova)

  • Harold Chambers

    Analyst on conflict, nationalism, and security in the North Caucasus

  • Georgy Chizhov

    Head of Research Programs at the Reform Assistance Center (Kyiv), Coordinator of the European Dialogue Expert Group in Ukraine

  • John Chrobak

    Research Program Assistant, Illiberalism Studies Program, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington…

  • Stephen Crowley

    Professor, Department of Politics, Oberlin College

  • Milan Czerny

    Post-graduate student in Russian & East European studies at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College

  • Sergey Davidis

    Human rights activist, Head of Political Prisoners Support Program at the Memorial Human Rights Center

  • Sergey Davydov

    Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Partner at Social Business Group.

  • Ivan Davydov

    Publicist, chief editor of the ‘New ethics’ project

  • Sławomir Dębski

    Director of Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, 2011 — 2016.

  • Jan Matti Dollbaum

    Postdoctoral researcher at Bremen University. He studies protest, social movements, and their connections to politics in Russia and Eastern Europe

  • Dmitry Dubrovsky

    Associate research fellow of the Centre for Independent Social Research. Until July 2017 — associate research scholar at Harriman Institute, Columbia University.

  • Jacqueline Dufalla

    PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations, Central European University

  • Allyson Edwards

    Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, specialising in Russian militarism, use of memory, and patriotic education systems

  • Maria Engström

    Professor of Russian Language, Department of Modern Languages at Uppsala University

  • Nikolay Epplée

    Cultural historian, philologist, journalist. His publications have appeared at Vedomosti, InLiberty, Arzamas, Republic, Colta.

  • Mikhail Filippov

    Professor, Department of Political Science, State University of New York

  • Paul Fisher

    International arbitration lawyer and research student at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies

  • Ivan Fomin

    PhD in Political Science. Specialist in the field of political semiotics, researcher of Russian political discourse.

  • Natalia Forrat

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan

  • Timothy Frye

    Marshall D. Shulman Professor, Columbia University; Co-director, International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, Higher School of Economics

  • Damir Gainutdinov

    Legal analyst at the Agora International Human Rights Group

  • Areg Galstyan

    PhD, regular contributor to The National Interest, Forbes Russia, The Hill and The American Thinker. Head of American Studies Scientific-Analytical…

  • Vasily Gatov

    Visiting Fellow, Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism, University of Southern California

  • Elizaveta Gaufman

    Assistant Professor of Russian Discourse and Politics at the University of Groningen

  • Vladimir Gel’man

    Political Scientist, PhD

  • Alexey Gilyov

    Associate Professor, Department of Applied Political Science, Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg)

  • Sergey Glandin

    Special Adviser on Sanctions Law at Pen & Paper. Lecturer, Department of International Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • Lyubov Glazunova

    International desk reporter at

  • Grigorii Golosov

    Professor and Head of Political Science Department, European University at St. Petersburg

  • Stepan Goncharov

    Sociologist at Levada-Center. Political scientist.

  • Alexander Graef

    Researcher in the Project «Arms Control and Emerging Technologies» at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)

  • Ala Graff

    PhD Candidate, Russian history, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Denis Grekov

    Political scientist at Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

  • Igor Gretskiy

    Political scientist, associate professor of the Faculty of International Relations of Saint Petersburg State University

  • Gabriella Gricius

    Senior Research Associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group’s Netherland’s Office

  • Olga Gulina

    Director and founder of the Institute on Migration Policy. Member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Advocacy Group.

  • Naman Karl-Thomas Habtom

    PhD student at University of Cambridge, guest researcher at the Swedish Defence University

  • Neil Hauer

    Analyst working on North and South Caucasus. Formerly senior intelligence analyst at The SecDev Group in Ottawa, Canada.

  • Jeff Hawn

    Non-resident fellow at Newlines and a doctoral candidate at London School of Economics Department of International History

  • Maximilian Hess

    Head of Political Risk at Hawthorn Advisors and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

  • Sebastian Hoppe

    Research fellow at the Institute for East European Studies’ Department of Politics at Freie Universität Berlin

  • Brendan Humphreys

    Senior Researcher at Helsinki University’s Aleksanteri Institute

  • Anton Imennov

    Attorney, sanctions law expert and a Managing Partner of the Moscow Office of Pen & Paper

  • Vladislav Inozemtsev

    Director, Centre for Post-Industrial Studies (Moscow).

  • Olga Irisova

    Editor-in-Chief at Riddle, political analyst. Galina Starovoitova Fellow at Kennan Institute (2019). German chancellor fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2021−2022)

  • Leonid Isaev

    Associate Professor, Department of Oriental Studies and African Studies, HSE in St. Petersburg. Senior Researcher, Institute of Africa, RAS

  • Marcin Kaczmarski

    Lecturer in Security Studies, Central & East European Studies, University of Glasgow

  • David Kankiya

    Political scientist, an expert of the Movement for Defence of Voters’ Rights «Golos»

  • Yulia Khalikova

    PhD candidate, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, focusing on judicial politics and law enforcement in Russia

  • Irina Khrunova

    Legal Analyst, Agora International Human Rights Group. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Russian Law Academy for Women’s Rights

  • Janis Kluge

    Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin

  • Ivan U. Klyszcz

    Doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Tartu, Estonia

  • Michael Kofman

    Director of the Russia Studies Program at the CNA Corporation and a Senior Adjunct Fellow, CNAS

  • Dmitri Kolbasin

    PR-consultant. Chief Editor of the OIA (

  • Julia Krivonosova

    Junior Research Fellow at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  • Kirill Krivosheev

    Foreign policy correspondence with Kommersant newspaper

  • Natasha Kuhrt

    Lecturer in International Peace & Security, Dept of War Studies, King’s College London

  • Maria Kunilovskaya

    PhD in contrastive linguistics, researcher with the Research Group in Computational Linguistics, University of Wolverhampton (UK)

  • Ivan Kurilla

    Professor of History and International Relations, European University at St. Petersburg

  • Marlene Laruelle

    Associate Director and research professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University

  • Ellen Leafstedt

    MPhil candidate in Russian & East European studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford

  • Adam Charles Lenton

    PhD Candidate in political science at the George Washington University, specializing in ethnic politics and regional development in Russia

  • Alexey Levinson

    Head of Sociocultural Research at Levada Center. Professor at Moscow Higher School of Economics.

  • Yuri Lobunov

    Journalist. Editor-in-chief of the independent news agency “Gorod32”

  • Pavel Luzin

    Specialist in international relations, expert on the Russian Armed Forces. Political scientist (PhD).

  • Arbakhan K. Magomedov

    Visiting Professor, Kansai University

  • Anton Mardasov

    Non-resident expert at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

  • Nicholas McCarty

    Graduate student at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service studying the conventional Russian military.

  • Lika Mchedlidze

    Political science master student at Central European University

  • Stefan Meister

    Head of International Order and Democracy Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

  • Asya Metodieva

    PhD Candidate at Central European University, Budapest. Visiting PhD Candidate at the University of Oxford in 2019.

  • Anastasia Mironova


  • Ruslan Moldovanov

    Master of European Studies, Jagiellonian University. Intern at the Center for Global Freedom and Prosperity at the Cato Institute.

  • Alexander Morozov

    Political scientist and research fellow at the Russian Studies Center Boris Nemtsov at Charles University

  • Jeremy Morris

    Ethnographer of postsocialist societies and is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark.

  • Bulat Mukhamedzhanov

    Coordinator of the ‘Zona Prava’ human rights organization

  • Konrad Muzyka

    Independent Defence Analyst | Director, Rochan Consulting

  • Mikhail Nemtsev

    Philosopher, historian, and writer. Ph.D. in Philosophy, MA in Gender and Women studies

  • Anastasia Nikolskaya

    Psychologist, Ph.D. in psychology. Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology, Kosygin State University of Russia

  • Ben Noble

    Associate Professor of Russian Politics, University College London; and Associate Fellow, Chatham House

  • Theo Normanton

    Moscow Correspondent for bne IntelliNews

  • Dmitry Oparin

    Senior Lecturer in the History Faculty, Department of Ethnology, Moscow State University; Research Fellow, Institute of Social Policy, HSE

  • Sofya Orlosky

    Senior Program Manager, Eurasia at Freedom House

  • Kevork Oskanian

    Lecturer in the International Relations of Eurasia, University of Exeter

  • Judith Pallot

    Head of the GULAGECHOES project, European Research Council, University of Helsinki

  • Andrey Pertsev

    Journalist, Meduza Special Correspondent

  • Yulia Petrovskaya


  • Lincoln Pigman

    Research Fellow at The Foreign Policy Centre (UK), postgraduate student at the University of Oxford

  • Victoria Poltoratskaya

    Political Scientist, European University at Saint Petersburg

  • Elizaveta Popkova

    MA in Political Science, European University at St. Petersburg

  • Elizaveta Potapova

    PhD candidate in CEU Budapest, research fellow in Yehuda Elcana Center for Higher Education Research

  • Ivan Preobrazhensky

    Political analyst. «Moscow political club» coordinator, european observer for the independent news agency «Rosbalt» and Deutsche Welle columnist.

  • Denis Primakov

    Compliance Specialist, Associate Professor of Russian Foreign Trade Academy

  • Evgeny Pudovkin

    Journalist and a staff writer at RBC

  • Sergey Radchenko

    Director of Research, School of Law & Politics, Cardiff University

  • Bradley Reynolds

    Doctoral student in political history at the University of Helsinki and an associated researcher with the Academy of Finland

  • Michael Richter

    Researcher, Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen in the context of the EU-funded ITN «Markets».

  • Ella Rossman

    Junior researcher at the University of Tyumen and the editor of Russian online-magazine about education “Mel”

  • Lilia Sablina

    PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations and Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University

  • Andrey Semenov

    Senior Researcher, Center for Comparative History and Politics

  • Kirill Semyonov

    Political scientist, RIAC expert

  • Denis Shadrin

    Expert, Movement for Defence of Voters’ Rights “Golos”

  • Maria Shagina

    Visiting senior fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

  • Kirill Shamiev

    Junior Research Fellow at Center for Comparative Governance Studies, HSE. Public Policy PhD candidate, Central European University.

  • Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

    Professor, Russia Institute, King’s College London

  • Pavel Sharikov

    Senior research fellow, Institute for USA and Canada Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Associate professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • Andrey Shcherbak

    Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Denis Shedov

    OVD-info lawyer and analyst

  • Anton Shekhovtsov

    External Lecturer in Political Science, University of Vienna and General Editor of the ‘Explorations of the Far Right’, ibidem-Verlag

  • Taya Shentseva

    Political scientist, EU-Russia studies at the University of Tartu

  • James Sherr

    Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme of Chatham House

  • Alisa Shishkina

    Senior Research Fellow, Higher School of Economics

  • Stanislav Shkel

    Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Svetlana Shomova

    Media culturologist, doctor of political sciences, professor. Author of monographs on the problems of new media and political communications

  • Natalia Smirnova

    OVD-info analyst

  • Boris Sokolov

    Senior Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE

  • Nikita Sokolov

    Historian. Deputy Executive Director of The Yeltsin Foundation on scientific work. Chairman of the board of the Free Historical Society.

  • Aleksei Sorbale

    Political Science PhD candidate, HSE, Junior Research Fellow at Center for Comparative Governance Studies, HSE

  • Maxim Sorokin

    Independent researcher

  • Vita Spivak

    Analyst at Control Risks, a global consulting firm

  • Tatiana Stanovaya

    Founder / CEO at R.Politik. Former chief of the Centre for Political Technologies analysis department

  • Maxim Starchak

    Fellow of the Center for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University (Canada), expert on Russian nuclear policy and nuclear industry

  • Dmitri Stratievski

    Political scientist and historian (FU Berlin), and director of the Berlin Center for East European Studies (Osteuropa-Zentrum Berlin e.V.).

  • Denis Stremoukhov

    Analyst at the Centre for Comparative Governance Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics – St. Petersburg

  • Sergey Sukhankin

    Lecturer in the University of Alberta, MacEwan University and Concordia University of Edmonton

  • Narek Sukiasyan

    PhD candidate in political science, Researcher at Center for Culture and Civilization Studies, Yerevan State University

  • Isabella Tabarovsky

    Researcher, manager for regional engagement at the Kennan Institute.

  • Anna Tarasenko

    Researcher at the Alexander Institute of the University of Helsinki

  • Brian Taylor

    Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

  • Ivan Tkachev

    Economics Editor at RBC

  • Tatiana Tkacheva

    Research fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Artem Torchinsky

    Financial analyst. Editorial Board member, Riddle

  • Andras Toth-Czifra

    Political analyst, author of the analytical blog «No Yardstick»

  • Nick Trickett

    Сommodities analyst

  • Evgeny Troitskiy

    Professor, Tomsk State University

  • Benjamin Tromly

    Professor of History, University of Puget Sound

  • Maxim Trudolyubov

    Editor at Inliberty, editor-in-chief at the Russiafile. Contributing opinion writer, The International New York Times. Editorial Board member, Riddle.

  • Yuri Tsarik

    Head of Russian Studies and Co-Founder of Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies (Belarus).

  • Mikhail Turchenko

    Political scientist, PhD

  • Andreas Umland

    Senior research fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, editor-in-chief of ‘Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society’, ibidem Press, Stuttgart

  • Alexandr Vileikis

    Head of cultural and educational projects and programmes at the Nekrasov Central Science Library in Moscow, producer of VCIOM book publications

  • Denis Volkov

    Sociologist, Director at Levada Center.

  • Julian Waller

    Non-Resident Fellow at the Illiberalism Studies Program and a Ph. D Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University

  • Eric Woods

    Independent researcher and consultant focused on security issues

  • Ilya Yablokov

    Lecturer in Russian culture at the University of Leeds, expert in Russian media, news making and conspiracy theories.

  • Andrey Zakharov

    Editor of “NZ: Political and Cultural Debates” magazine, comparative federalism expert.

  • Olesya Zakharova

    Political scientist. Member of the Editorial Board, Riddle

  • Margarita Zavadskaya

    Research fellow, Department of Political Science, European University in St. Petersburg. Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki

  • Olga Zeveleva

    Research Fellow, GULAGECHOES, European Research Council, University of Helsinki

  • Sergey Zhavoronkov

    Economist, Member of the Board of the Foundation «Liberal Mission»