A guide to the New East


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.

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.

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.

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.

Anita Komuves

Anita Komuves is a journalist with atlatszo.hu, an independent non-profit investigative outlet in Hungary. Previously she was writing about international affairs at daily newspaper Népszabadság, reported from Washington, D.C. and spent a year in the United States studying data journalism as a Fulbright Fellow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dmitry Kuvaldin

Dmitry Kuvaldin was born in Moscow and studied documentary filmmaking at VGIK. In 2013-2014 he took part Alexander Rostorguev and Pavel Kostomarov’s documentary projects The Term (about the workdays of the Russian political opposition) and Norilsk Film, about an industrial city above the Arctic cCircle. In recent years Dmitry has worked as a freelance videographer for Radio Liberty, INRUSSIA and PostNauka.