A guide to the New East


Georgiy Vanunts

Georgiy Vanunts graduated as a political scientist from St Petersburg State University and now works as a freelance journalist, writing on cinema, culture and fashion for a number of local online media outlets. He has a great passion for classic horror movies and the history of porn.

Pavel Vardishvhili

Pavel Vardishvhili is currently Society Editor at the Russian edition of Interview Magazine. Before that, he worked in PR.  

Andrej Vasilenko

Andrej Vasilenko is a documentary photographer and founder of the project This is Vilnius. He currently lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Sergey Velsin

Sergey Velsin is a St Petersburg-based journalist, editor and freelance writer focusing on contemporary urban culture and art.

Owen Vince

Owen is a writer and artist living in London, having formerly studied at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He runs the small art press PYRAMID Editions.

Francesca Visser

Francesca Visser is a Dutch-Italian freelance journalist based in St Petersburg, Russia. She mostly writes about human rights and social issues. Since October 2016 she has been working on the editorial board of Prospekt Magazine.

Giuliano Vivaldi

Giuliano Vivaldi is a translator, writer and blogger on film, cultural history and philosophy. He has written on various aspects of Russian and Soviet film for a variety publications including Senses of Cinema, Bright Lights Film Journal, Desist Film and others and has translated subtitles for many Russian-language films. He curated film retrospectives and events linked to the figure of Pier Paolo Pasolini in the UK and Russia. He also writes on critical Russian philosophy and has published articles on, and translations of, the Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov. He has published in the Russian-language journals Stasis, New Literary Observer and OpenLeft.

Denis Volkov

Denis Volkov is a Kazan-based photographer. After studying physics at Kazan Federal University, he switched to a career in media taking pictures and editing for various digital publications. At the moment he works as art director's assistant at the contemporary culture center Smena in Kazan. 

Alexandra Vorobiova

Alexandra Vorobiova is a journalist and critic who is interesting mostly in music ― from avant-garde composers to russian underground bands. She was born in the Far North in Norilsk, and published her first articles in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. She lives and works in St.Petersburg at present. Besides music, Alexandra’s favorite topics are local culture in Russian regions and cultural trends in the post-Soviet states. Her writings were published in the Siberian web-magazine Siburbia, Afisha-Volna and Colta.ru.

Eduard Voronov

Eduard Voronov is based in the southern city of Krasnodar and has a background in graffiti and street photography. As well as being interested in collecting and producing underground house music, Voronov is also the co-founder of a local city bike rental business. Voronov helps to coordinate mixtapes for The Calvert Journal. 

Svetlana Vorontsova-Velyaminova

Moscow-born art history graduate Svetlana Vorontsova-Velyaminova started out at Harper's Bazaar before moving to Russian Vogue as online editor. Her articles have been published in GQ Style, Afisha magazine and Interview Russia.