A guide to the New East


Mikhael Agafonov

Mikhael Agafonov is a freelance writer based in Moscow, Russia. He’s a contributor to several Russian and international media outlets, including Dazed and Confused, Cosmopolitan Russia, MTV Russia and others. He also works as a freelance publicist for Sony Music Russia and DJs. 

Max Alfimov

Max Alfimov is a sports journalist working for the Russian site Sports.ru. A big fan of football among other sports, he has spent all his life in Kaliningrad. He likes to travel across Europe (easier for Kaliningraders than for most Russians) and learning about different cultures.

Tigran Amiryan

Tigran Amiryan  is an independent curator and contemporary culture researcher. His main interest revolves around the issue of narrativization of both individual and collective memory in contemporary culture. In 2015-2018, Tigran developed and presented a course of lectures at different academic and art platforms in Morocco, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia.

Howard Amos

Howard Amos is Senior Editor at The Calvert Journal and a MA student at SSEES. Prior to this he spent 7 years as a journalist in Moscow, reporting from across Russia and the former Soviet Union. His work has been featured in publications including The Guardian, Associated Press, Newsweek and Politico. Follow him on Twitter here.

Daryana Antipova

Originally from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Daryana Antipova formed experimental folk group Vedan Kolod with her siblings in 2005 and has attracted a global following and toured throughout Russia and Europe. Daryana also works as a freelance journalist and was recently an organiser for the Scythian Horn agency.

Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova is a writer, journalist, and associate editor at openDemocracy Russia. She splits her time between four different countries and hence doesn't know where she's based anymore.

Marina Antsiperova

Marina Antisperova is a Moscow-based journalist whose most beloved topics are art and architecture. Over the last 7 years she has written for Afisha, GQ and Bolshoi Gorod. She studied at Strelka Institute and started out by writing on art and culture for Kommersant.

Andrei Arkhangelsky

Russian journalist, columnist, culture expert, Andrei Arkhangelsky currently works as culture editor at the Ogonyok magazine (part of the Kommersant publishing house). He's written numerous academic and journalistic works about the Russian media.

Diana Aroutiounova

Award-winning creative producer & director – Diana Aroutiounova is known for her work on critically acclaimed documentaries tackling sensitive topics within hostile environments around the world. A true powerhouse and a road warrior - she produces, directs, films, speaks 5 languages and operates a drone. She has worked with the industry's leading production companies, creating documentary films for the BBC, Discovery US, National Geographic, Channel 4.

Alexandra Artamonova

Alexandra Artamonova is a journalist and art critic based in Kaliningrad. She is an editor at Afisha’s Newkaliningrad.ru and writes about contemporary art from the Baltics, Scandinavia and Russia for Arterritory.com. She is also a member of the performance art group, Gentle Women.