Masha Egupova is a freelance journalist from Vladivostok, a city in the Russian Far East on the Pacific coast. She writes about social, political and media issues in Russia, Hungary and Egypt as well as her hometown. A keen traveller, Egupova divides her time between Cairo, Bangkok and Budapest. She also writes a travelog about her experiences in in each country.
A professional translator and proofreader for 10 years who speaks English, German and Dutch and is passionate about Central and Eastern Europe, post-communist pop music, and Polish and Romanian cinema. Self-employed since 2012, he writes critically on popular music under the pseudonym eurovicious for Balkanist and Sofabet, and maintains Spotify's most popular Balkan music playlist.
Born under the Northern Lights, Ian moved in Moscow where he dived in the world of urban journalism. Since then he has been a deputy editor of the Hooligan magazine and has written for many newspapers and magazines about food and culture.