Russia Direct is a publication that experts and senior decision makers rely on to debate and understand Russia's relationship with the world and the U.S. in particular.
Founded in 2013, Russia Direct features original reporting as well as fresh writing from a wide variety of experts from both Russia and around the world who deliver insight often missing from today's media landscape.
“Converting Monologue Into Two Dialogues” is our motto. It means that we straddle between two opposing sides in the times of Russia-West informational confrontation.
The goal is to bring them together under common agenda and, thus, make the world better through rigorous unbiased reporting and journalistic integrity.Watch the video: How Russia Direct got started in 2013. By Pavel Inzhelevsky and Chris McMorrow.
Pavel Koshkin is the Editor-in-Chief of Russia Direct. Before his appointment he served as the deputy editor-in-chief of Russia Direct. Koshkin is an experienced journalist and editor. He has contributed to numerous publications, including Kommersant, the Moscow bureau of BBC and Russia Profile, specializing in politics, society, education and international affairs (specifically, Russia-U.S. relations). His articles have also been republished by Russia In Global Affairs and the Carnegie Moscow Center. Before joining Russia Direct, Koshkin worked as Executive Web Editor for the English-language media outlet, Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH). He is an alumnus of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). In 2011-2012, he participated in the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), which brings together leading Russian and U.S. pundits with enthusiastic students who want to improve bilateral relations between Russia and the U.S. As part of the program, Koshkin and his American colleagues did research on the ways the United States and Russia respond to international money laundering. Koshkin has a Ph.D. in international journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His dissertation focused on the ways in which American columnists covered U.S.-China and U.S.-Russian relations between 2008 and 2013.
Dominic Basulto is the Executive Editor, U.S. He has extensive experience in digital media including a regular blog with The Washington Post and a daily blog on Winter Olympics host city Sochi. In addition to publishing the first-ever iPad travel guide to Sochi, Dominic has lived in the House of Writers in Moscow, taught finance at Moscow's first MBA program, published a weekly column for a Russian newspaper and completed a certificate program in Russian language from Moscow State University. He has an undergraduate degree in Politics and Russian Studies from Princeton and an MBA in emerging markets from Yale.
The goal of the publication is to improve multilateral relations at interpersonal, inter-agency and intergovernmental levels. At Russia Direct, we create a vibrant platform for the world's leading experts on Russia so that monologues become full-fledged dialogue between Russia and other countries.
Also read Editor's note: Well-balanced approach is crucial for US-Russia relations
How we are funded
Russia Direct is owned by the Russian newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta. In January 2017, Rossiyskaya Gazeta ended its financial support of Russia Direct, and it suspended its monthly reports. The publication has struggled to maintain the website while searching for sponsors and other means of funding. Since March 1, the website has been maintained on a purely volunteer basis and stopped being updated.
Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is a Russian non-profit organization focused on strengthening peace, friendship and solidarity between people, preventing international conflicts and promoting crisis settlement. Its mission is to facilitate a prosperous Russia through its full integration in the global community. It serves as a link between government, the expert community, business and civil society in an ongoing dialogue on foreign policy issues. RIAC was established in February 2010.
The New East network is a collaboration between the Guardian and a series of specialist sites writing from and about the 15 countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union. Together with the partners the network hopes to expand the conversation about the region that they call the New East, and move beyond the polarised debate of East vs. West. It features articles from the partners as well as the Guardian’s correspondents, commissions exclusive pieces from regional experts and republishes interesting work from around the web — often translating local languages into English as well as some of its work into Russian.
ISKRAN is one of the leading Russian academic and research institutions for North American studies. It was founded in 1967 by Dr. Georgy Arbatov, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who led it until 1995. The current head of ISKRAN is Dr. Sergey Rogov, also a member of the Academy of Sciences. ISKRAN is a leading think tank that formulates recommendations for members of the Russian political elite that are engaged with decision-making on domestic, foreign and defense policy issues.
The Foreign Policy Analysis Group is a strategic intelligence and research organization based in Moscow, Russia. It advises on foreign policy and international affairs with an aim to produce the most accurate analysis of current affairs in international relations from non-Western perspective. Armed with a sober assessment and prognosis of political risks, the Group provides a steady ground for action in CIS, Eurasia and elsewhere. Dr. Andrey Sushentsov heads the Foreign Policy Analysis Group since 2014.
The Valdai Discussion Club was founded in 2004. It has been recognized as an international platform for cooperation between leading world experts and Russian scientists, politicians and government officials. The Club is currently focused on research on global political and economic processes. Over 1,000 representatives of the international scholarly communities from 62 countries have taken part in the Club’s activities. Within the framework of the Club’s annual sessions, its participants traditionally meet with the President of Russia and other high-ranking government officials.