A guide to the New East


Artyom Langenburg

Artyom Langenburg is a writer, cultural critic and specialist in contemporary philosophy, based in St Petersburg. He currently works as online editor of lifestyle magazine Sobaka.ru.

Christopher Leigh

Christopher Leigh is a London-based photographer focused on the former Soviet Union, particularly Ukraine. His website is www.chrisleighphoto.com

Lisa Lelkova

Lisa Lelkova studied journalism at Moscow State University before moving to Stockholm in 2012 to continue her studies. She has worked as a journalist and editor for several Russian newspapers and magazines, including Snob and Bolshoi Gorod. Lelkova also works as a freelance illustrator.

Huw Lemmey

Huw Lemmey is a writer on culture and sexuality. He has written for New Humanist, Architectural Review, Icon, Art Monthly, and L’Uomo Vogue, amongst others. He is the author of Chubz: The Demonisation of my Working Arse (Montez).

Ville Lenkkeri

Ville Lenkkeri (born in Oulu, Finland in 1972) studied film theory and practice at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague from 1994-96. From 1998-2001 he got his BA in Photography at FAMU before returning to Finland to complete an MA in Photography in 2002-06 at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (UIAH). In 2005 Lenkkeri moved to live and work in Stockholm, Sweden. Ville Lenkkeri has published three monographs, Reality in the Making, 2006 (Hatje Cantz), The Place of no Roads, 2009 (Hatje Cantz) and Existence Doubtful, 2014 (Kerber Verlag).

Vera Leonova

Vera Leonova is Deputy Dean of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism, a centre for learning and research in urban studies and sustainable urban planning in Russia. She is an acknowledged expert in the field of urban education, and in September was elected as a local councilor in the Zamoskvorechye district in Moscow.

Alexis Lerner

Alexis Lerner is the director of Post-Soviet Graffiti, a research project that focuses on soft protest in hybrid and authoritarian states. She is also a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a research delegate with Stanford University's US-Russia Forum. In addition to academic publications, she has written for Foreign Policy, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and, in 2015, authored a chapter in the book Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place (edited by Claire Doherty).

Siarhej Leskiec

Siarhej Leskiec was born in 1984. He is a freelance photographer whose work focuses on everyday life, folk traditions, and rituals in the Belarusian countryside. Originally from Maladzeczna region, he received a history degree from Belarusian State Pedagogical University. See more Leskiec's work here

Jan Levchenko

Jan Levchenko graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 1996 and received a PhD in Semiotics and Cultural Theory in 2004. He has taught at the Art History department of the European University of St Petersburg and worked as a journalist in cultural media, as well as art director for film distribution company Carmen Video. Since 2009 he has been a teaching professor and researcher in the Cultural Studies department at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Mark Lipovetsky

Mark Lipovetsky is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was born in Yekaterinburg in 1964, where he also went to university. He has been living in the US since 1996. Since the 1990s, Lipovetsky’s interests as a critic and scholar have centred on postmodernist literature and culture in Russia. He is the author of eight books and co-editor of seven volumes on Russian literature and culture. 

Ksenia Litvinenko

Ksenia Litvinenko is an architectural historian based in St Petersburg. Along with doing the research on post-war reconstruction of Vyborg, she also participated on the organisation of public events on architecture and urban planning as a member of the editorial team of the Project Baltia review. Her main interests lie at the intersection of the history of Soviet architecture and study of the political meaning of the urban form.

Inna Logunova

After completing a degree in culture studies and translation, Inna Logunova quickly turned to journalism. She has worked as a news writer, correspondent, editor and multimedia producer, covering cultural events both in English and Russian. A great fan of contemporary art in all its forms, she is particularly fond of theatre and dance.

Katherine Long

Katherine Long is a Fulbright student researcher in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Dmitry Lookianov

Dmitry Lookianov was born in Krasnodar, Russia, in 1983. He has lived in Moscow since 2000 where he works as a freelance photographer. He is also currently studying documentary photography at Rodchenko Art School. 

Felix Lowe

Felix Lowe is a freelance journalist, author and blogger who specialises in pro cycling and travel. His first book, Climbs and Punishment: Riding to Rome in the Footsteps of Hannibal, was published in June 2014 and was shortlisted for the Cross British Sports Book Awards. He is best known for his Last Gasp column in Cyclist magazine and his Eurosport blog, Blazin’ Saddles

Alec Luhn

Alec Luhn is a Moscow-based journalist who has written for the Guardian, the Independent, The Nation, Slate and GlobalPost, among others.

Dina Lun

Dina Lun is a freelance photographer and journalist from Russia, living and working in Europe and Asia most of the year. With a background in fashion, art and illustration, Dina decided to pursue photography, journalism and the study of sustainable practices as the most convenient way to work during her regular trips. You can see her photography here.

James Luxford

James Luxford is a London-based film critic for Radio Times, City AM and the BBC. He also also written about film for The Guardian, Empire Magazine, Little White Lies and The Red Bulletin. He can be found on twitter @JLFilm.

Matthew Luxmoore

Matthew Luxmoore is a British-Polish journalist based in Moscow. He has reported among others on the war in Ukraine’s east, the plight of Georgia’s internally displaced, life in newly-annexed Crimea, tensions in the Moldovan breakaway state of Transnistria and Orthodox Church influence in Siberia, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy and Politico. Follow him on Twitter @mjluxmoore.

Marina Lykova

Moscow-born Marina Chernishova has spent the last ten years working in financial analytics and journalism. She also teaches yoga and writes articles on the philosophy of healthy living among other topics.

Lily Lynch

Lily Lynch is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Balkanist magazine. She was educated at UC Berkeley and the London School of Economics. Originally from California, she now divides her time between Belgrade, Serbia and Odessa, Ukraine.