A guide to the New East


Jamie Rann

Jamie Rann writes, edits, translates and teaches things about, of all places, Russia. He is currently lecturer in Russian at Oxford University; he used to be Comment Editor of The Calvert Journal. You can read some of his academic work here and some of his translation work here

Sasha Raspopina

Sasha Raspopina is the staff writer at The Calvert Journal. She  is currently doing a PhD in Russian media at City, University of London. Her work is featured on the Guardian, The Moscow Times, and Vice. You can follow her on Twitter here

Tina Remiz

Tina Remiz is a documentary storyteller and visual artist of Latvian origin. Although she is based in the UK, she travels extensively for work. She graduated from BA in photographic arts at the University of Westminster in 2012, and currently works as a freelance photographer, specialising in reportage and portraiture. Much of her personal work is concerned with the issues of migration and cultural identity as she reflects her experience of growing up in post-Soviet Latvia before immigrating to western Europe.

Dmitry Renansky

Dmitry Renansky is a theatre specialist and music critic. He is the editor-in-chief of the theatre section on internet portal Colta.ru as well as a staff writer at Kommersant. Renansky has previously worked as the head of future planning at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, and has served on the Board of Experts of the Golden Mask national theatre award. He is the co-founder of creative group Opergruppa, curator of the Laboratory of Contemporary Opera (Moscow, 2012-13), and a deputy director of the Post Theatre in St Petersburg. 

Anatoly Reshetnikov

Anatoly obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in 2010 after writing his thesis on the problem of political identity and 'great projects' politics in contemporary Russia. Currently he is continuing his research at the PhD level in CEU's Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations and working as an affiliate researcher at University College London.

Justin Reynolds

Justin Reynolds is a web designer and writer living in East Anglia. He has written about intersections between design, culture and politics for several online journals. Some of his work is available here.

Natalya Reznik

Natalya Reznik is currently a researcher in art history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and a photography teacher at Fotodepartment, a St Petersburg-based non-profit that promote contemporary art. Her work has been exhibited widely in Russia, Europe and the US and also published in magazines such as Marie Claire. She studied design at Perm State Technical University and has a PhD in the philosophy of culture from St Petersburg State University.

Darmon Richter

Darmon Richter is a British travel writer and PhD researcher, with a particular interest in the ideological architecture of Eastern Europe. He writes The Bohemian Blog, and leads tours to communist-era memorial sites in six countries and one post-Soviet frozen conflict zone.

Egor Rogalev

Georgiy (Egor) Rogalev is an architectural and documentary photographer and artist living between St Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev. He has a particular interest in the post-Soviet historical experience and the ongoing transformation of this territory, which he examines through the eyes of the younger generation born or raised in the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse. 
Rogalev has graduated from School of Journalism and Mass Communications at St Petersburg State University and is currently studying at ICA Moscow. 

Maria Romanova-Hynes

Maria Romanova-Hynes is a Moscow-born, Dublin-based young artist whose interests include literature, theatre, film and photography. 

Kevin Rothrock

Kevin Rothrock is project editor of RuNet Echo at Global Voices Online. He holds a Master’s degree in European history from the University of California, Berkeley, and he is currently a doctoral student in political science at the University of Connecticut. Rothrock served as a research assistant to Russian politics expert Leon Aron at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC between 2009 and 2011.

Eliot Rothwell

Eliot Rothwell is a journalist based in Moscow. He writes about football, politics and culture in Russia and the post-Soviet space for, among others, the Calvert Journal, ESPN and Roads and Kingdoms. In 2017, he completed an MA in History at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at UCL, where he researched cultural ties between the Soviet Union and the West during the Khrushchev era. 

Sasha Rudensky

Sasha Rudensky was born and raised in Moscow but moved to the US with her family in 1990. She has an MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BA from Wesleyan University, where she is currently head of the photography programme. She divides her time between New York and Connecticut.

Maija Rudovska

Maija Rudovska (b. 1982, Latvia) is an independent curator and researcher based in Riga, Latvia. She has completed Curatorlab postgraduate studies at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and has obtained an MA in art history from the Art Academy of Latvia. Her interests include contemporary art and architecture, with a particular focus on space, hybridity and in-betweenness. She has written widely on art and architecture from post-Soviet countries. Recently her article on Manifesta 10 was selected for the International Awards for Art Criticism. Rudovska also runs a curatorial network Blind Carbon Copy (with Juste Kostikovaite). Recently she became an expert of Artist Residencies for Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme 2015-2017.

Ellen Rutten

Ellen Rutten writes and has written about contemporary Russian culture, literature, art, and design for publishers varying from Routledge and Yale University Press to design magazine Frame. She is professor of Slavic literatures at the University of Amsterdam, co-founding editor of Russian, Eurasian and Central European new media periodical Digital Icons, and editor-in-chief of the journal Russian Literature. 

Denis Ryabov

Denis Ryabov is a 23-year-old photographer and DJ. He currently works at Podpisniye Izdaniya, an independent bookstore in St Petersburg, and has previously worked for New Holland's summer programme. He moved to St Petersburg from his native Izhevsk five years ago.

Danielle Ryan

Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Budapest, Hungary. She has also lived and traveled extensively in Russia, Germany and the US. Links to her work can be found at danielle-ryan.com.