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.
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.
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.
Daria Litvinova is Moscow-based journalist covering all things Russia for a number of English-language outlets. She focuses mainly on human rights, social and political issues, but never misses a good culture story. Her work has appeared in The Moscow Times, U.S. News and World Report, Coda Story, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.
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.
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.
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.
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.