Russia Direct’s Editor-in-Chief Ekaterina Zabrovskaya is handing over her responsibilities.

The covers of Russia Direct's reports. Photo: Russia Direct

Russia Direct Editor-in-Chief Ekaterina Zabrovskaya, one of the founders of the publication, is leaving and transferring her responsibilities to Deputy Editor-in-Chief Pavel Koshkin. The reason behind the move is Zabrovskaya’s decision to fully transition to her job at MIT as the manager for the MIT-Russia Program.

“It was a tremendously rewarding and exciting three-year experience for me,” she said. “I was lucky to have had the opportunity to launch and lead Russia Direct at its early stages and to have watched the publication take shape while building our audience. I’m looking forward to seeing where the new leadership will take it.”

“I feel that Im leaving Russia Direct in great hands,” she added. “Pavel Koshkin has been with the publication from the very beginning. He was one of the original people hired to join the editorial team back in 2013 and therefore, he knows all the ins and outs of our work. Im confident that he will ensure the same standards of objectivity and the same level of passion for responsible reporting and analysis of international relations."

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.

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.

“Today U.S.-Russia relations face a number of challenges and, hopefully, Russia Direct will be able to alleviate these tensions, building the bridge between Russian and American expert communities and converting two monologues into one dialogue,” Koshkin said. “Russia Direct will do its best to be as balanced and objective as possible in this dialogue.”