A guide to the New East


Anna Kadyrova

Although a psychologist by training, Anya Kadyrova has always been drawn to journalism. Kadyrova, who is now based in New York, used to work as a political correspondent for Rain TV in Moscow. She also covers fashion, design, theatre. Kadyrova's work has taken her to a range of places from Chechnya to the Dominican Republic.

Ken Kajoranta

Ken Kajoranta is a Swedish photographer based in London also working with personal memorabilia and archiving projects. His photography focuses on themes related to movement, memory, (un)inhabited spaces and the activities that take place in them. He works on self-initiated projects and individual and social/cultural research assignments.

Ivan Kalashnikov

Ivan Kalashnikov is a Moscow-born, London-based editor and writer for Sports.ru with a passion for football and its reflection in popular culture.

Ilya Kalinin

Ilya Kalinin was born in 1975. He is a historian of culture and literatry critic and teaches at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St Petersburg State University. He is editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based journal Untapped Resource: Debates about politics and culture (Neprikosnovennyi zapas).

Dima Karnishkin

Dima Karnishkin is an electronic musician, a car enthusiast and a teller of tales. Previously he worked in a sausage factory and played for seven years for his local football team. For the past 18 months he has been organising parties in Saransk with friends.  

Andrei Kartashov

Andrei Kartashov is a film critic and scholar based in the U.S. and Russia. He has contributed to various publications in Russian and English, including KommersantBumagaColtaMUBI and Senses of Cinema, and worked as an editor for Seance magazine in Saint Petersburg for two years.

Yev Kazannik

Evgeniy (Yev) Kazannik is a Russian-born photographer and visual artist. A graduate of the University of Arts London, Evgeniy currently lives and works in London. His photographic works reflect his fascination with the present moment as it is. Kazannik predominantly shoots editorial portrait, music, fashion and interiors. His work has been published in the Guardian/Observer, the Independent Magazine, Kommersant, Time Out, WIRE, Rolling Stones, NME, Shook Magazine, DJMag, Bonafide,  Electronic Beats, Red Bulletin, MixMag, Crack, The Couch Sessions, Texture and others. Kazannik is a founder and director of Green Lens Studios — a photographic studio and gallery space based in North London. His first book, "The Breakfast Jam" is due to be be published in Autumn 2014.

Dennis Keen

Dennis Keen is a writer from California based in Kazakhstan. He writes about his adopted Almaty and Central Asia at WalkingAlmaty.com

Mark Kelner

Mark Kelner is a writer and curator based in Washington, DC. A graduate of George Mason University, where he studied with the novelist Vasily Aksyonov, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Russia Beyond the Headlines and other outlets. Of note, his humorous essay, How to Sell Art to Oligarchs, was published as part of A Hedonist's Guide to Art (Filmer/Artica, London, 2010) and was excerpted in its entirety in The Times. In 2010 he was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Hermitage Museum Foundation where he works on international contemporary art projects.

Katrina Kepule

Katrina Kepule is a photographer based in Latvia. Her chosen field is documentary photography through which she can communicate narratives often understandable on an intuitive level. She has completed several photography courses such as Professional Photography Course, Vocational School N38, Riga (2000), B.A. Audio and Visual Culture and Theory, Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga (2008), and International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) Ludza (2009). 

Ruslan Khestanov

Ruslan Khestanov is a specialist in political philosophy and a professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Since 2013, Khestanov has been the director of the Moscow Institute of socio-cultural programmes. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, Alexander Herzen: Improvisation Against Doctrine (2000).  

Olga Khoroshilova

Olga Khoroshilova (PhD) is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Design and Arts, St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design, where she specialises in art history, gender studies, military history, costume and fashion history. She is the author of the following monographs: Horsemen of Special Service: Russian military partisans of the Great War (2012); Costume and Fashion of the Russian Empire in the Reign of Nicholas II (2013); Costume and Fashion of the Russian Empire in the Reign of Alexander II and Alexander III (2015); Young and Beautiful: Fashion of the 1920s (2016); War in Fashion: From Peter I to Putin (forthcoming 2017).

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is an artist and a photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently studying MLitt Fine Art Practice in Photography and Moving Image at the Glasgow School of Art and working as a freelance photographer and film maker.

Sam Kinchin-Smith

Sam Kinchin-Smith is a writer and digital curator based in London. He has written and/or produced online platforms for magazines like the New Statesman and Exeunt and organisations like English Heritage and Routledge. He once edited a collection of essays about Nick Cave. He works on travel-related projects with Nancy Gryspeerdt: the last took them to Siberia, the next will take them to Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world.

Aron Klein

Aron Klein is a London-based photographer, specialising in portraiture and documentary storytelling. He has worked across the world on a diverse range of projects from capturing Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert to documenting pilgrims at the world’s highest religious site in Tibet. Aron uses his camera to understand and perceive the world around him documenting a glimpse of human existence. http://www.aronklein.co.uk/

Ilya Klishin

lya Klishin is the online editor-in-chief for TV Rain, Russia's only independent television station. He has contributed work to Russia's most prominent free press, including Vedomosti, Snob, Slon, OpenSpace, and others. Klishin was also one of the leading organizers of the 2011-2012 winter protests in Moscow against election fraud in the December 2011 parliamentary elections.

Kirill Kobrin

Kirill Kobrin writes fiction and nonfiction prose, co-edits Moscow magazine of culture and politics Neprikosnovenniy Zapas (Emergency Rations), and researches the cultural history of Russia, Great Britain and the Czech Republic. He is the author of 14 books and his texts have been translated into several European languages. He lives in London.

Vladimir Kolbatov

Vladimir Kolbatov was born in 1986 in St Petersburg. After studying philology at St Petersburg State University, Kolbatov moved to photojournalism, studying at various institutions in his home city, including Fotodepartment. His work was exhibited in the Fotodepartment Young Photography exhibition in December 2013.

Katrina Kollegaeva

Katrina, or Katya, was born in Tallinn, to a Russian dad from Crimea and Ukrainian mother, but came of age in London where she moved ‘on a whim’ at the age of 19. Katya is a freelance food writer (including a several years as a Time Out restaurant critic) and a graduate in the Social Anthropology of Food from the University of London. She works for the Soil Association as a food sourcing expert and in her ‘spare’ time, creates pop-up dining experiences Russian Revels with her fellow Slavic foodie Karina Baldry.

Tamar Koplatadze

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tamar Koplatadze is currently working on a PhD at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on post-Soviet women’s writing and film. She completed her masters in French Literature and Culture.

Paulina Korobkiewicz

Paulina Korobkiewicz is a London-based, Polish-born photographer who recently graduated from Camberwell College of Arts. Returning to her home town in eastern Poland after living and studying in London for three years, Korobkiewicz was struck by the contrasts that existed within these small towns, and began documenting what she saw. Focussing on architecture, she assembled a strange assortment of images – shabby suburban nightclubs, pastel-coloured apartment blocks, and all manner of kitsch aesthetic details.

Oleg Koronnyy

Oleg Koronnyy was born in Moscow but spent most of his childhood in Paris. In 2011 he left his studies in cinema and theatre at Moscow's State Humanities University in order to write about sport for new website W-O-S, where he still works, for the most part as the director and presenter of video segment Oh No, Anything But That

Anastasia Korosteleva

Anastasia Korosteleva was born and raised in Moscow. Of all the disciplines studied in the British Higher School of Art and Design she found herself drawn to photography. She has twice won the D&AD New Blood Award in the photography category. She currently works as a freelance photographer for Russian and international publications, in addition to personal projects.

Sergey Kostromin

Sergey Kostromin is a photographer and a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. You can view more of his work on his blog

Alexey Kovalev

Alexey Kovalev is a Russian journalist based in Moscow. He worked as a senior editor at RIA Novosti, Russia's state news agency, and is the founder of Noodle Remover, a media literacy website. He now works as the head of the news desk at The Moscow Times, the only independent English-language newspaper in Russia.

Joanna Kozak

Joanna Kozak is a London-based graphic designer and freelance writer. Her writing focuses on the complexity of contemporary Eastern European culture and politics. In her design practice she works across a wide range of media; from photography, film and animation through digital to traditional drawing and printmaking, with a focus on illustration, editorial design and projects improving lives of local communities.


Alexander Kozlov

Alexander Kozlov was born in Ekaterinburg and still lives here. He works as a photographer and a journalist. Alexander also has his own project Ekaterinburg Inside Out. This project is about Urban Exploration

Vladimir Kozlov

Vladimir Kozlov is a Moscow-based author, journalist and filmmaker.

Katerina Kravtsova

Katerina Kravtsova is a Moscow-based journalist who graduated with a degree in International Relations from St Petersburg State University. She has has written for a raft of publications including The Moscow Times, The Telegraph and The Times.

Anton Kudimov

Anton Kudimov is a musician and traveller. He worked for a year as an engineer in the correctional colonies of the Zubovo-Polyansky region, before moving into the video game industry.

Tasya Kudryk

Tasya Kudryk is a Ukrainian photographer and editor working between Warsaw, Berlin and Kiev. Tasya's work has been featured in a number of international media including Indie, REVS, Pitch-Present, Thisispaper, U+mag to name a few. Since August 2014 Tasya has been editor of Thisispaper magazine. Her practical skills in photography and art combined with experience in writing and online publishing, let her undertake a wide range of projects related to art, design and culture. 


Vitaly Kurennoj

Vitaly Kurennoj was born in 1970. He is a professor at the Higher School of Economics, where he is head of the Cultural Studies department; he is also the editor of Logos. His main scholarly interests are philosophy and socio-political theory in the 19th and 20th centuries, contemporary culture, sociology and the institutional history of knowledge. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles in Russian social and political publications. 

Mitya Kushelevich

Born in Moscow, Mitya Kushelevich moved to Germany in 1996. After getting a degree in Visual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, he pursued a career in advertising, working as freelance photographer and art director for customers such as DHL, Ford, Kaspersky, NBC Universal and Amnesty International. His career took an unusual path after coming back to Moscow in 2009, involving non-creative entrepreneurship.

Masha Kuzmenko

Masha Kuzmenko is a Moscow-born, London-based freelance writer who has had work published in Wallpaper and Architectural Review. After completing a degree in architecture at Edinburgh University, she worked in several design practices. She has a particular interest in design and technology, and the crossover between the two.

Andrey Kuznetsov

Andrey Kuznetsov was born in Yessentuki, a town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. He loves photography, mountains and skateboarding. His work has been featured in Vice and streetwear magazine creammag.ru.