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.
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Olga Fastova is the Associate Publisher of Russia Direct. She is a versatile media manager with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, branding, events management and team leadership. Previously she worked as Marketing Director for Russia’s leading independent business daily Vedomosti, a joint project of WSJ and FT, where she was responsible for marketing strategy, corporate and individual subscription services, sales support and events. Before transitioning to the media market, she worked for several fast-moving consumer goods brands in Russia. She has a B.A. in marketing and business communications from the Moscow State University of Management and an M.B.A. from the Academy of National Economy under the government of the Russian Federation.
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Maria Shashaeva is the Deputy Publisher, Circulation, Digital Strategy and Operations. She has almost 10 years experience in all types of Russian media. She started working in TV production and then moved to the magazine industry. As the media environment changed, so did she, and she began working in digital publishing in various positions, supporting and developing online products. Maria has graduated Moscow Technical Communications and Informatics University to get a technical bachelor's degree with honors and also studied in NYFA for a Producer's degree.
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Ekaterina Belan is the Digital Marketing Manager at Russia Direct. Her responsibilities include promoting the RD brand digitally and growing the number of readers and subscribers. Ekaterina has 8 years of experience in online media, marketing management and digital strategy for creative businesses. Prior to joining Russia Direct, she co-founded Popsop, an English-language online journal on marketing communications in Moscow in 2008. Later in 2011, she spent a year in London establishing the media brand in the U.K. Ekaterina holds an MA in International Economic Relations and a postgraduate certification in Business Journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University. In her spare time, she reads books by modern American novelists and plays piano.
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 an independent media outlet that is financed by subscriptions, advertising and sponsorship deals. Our previous sponsor, the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, ended its financial support of Russia Direct in December 2016. Currently, we are looking for investors and new partners.
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.