Born in Minsk, Dimitrij Zadorin graduated with Honours from the Architectural Faculty of TU Delft in 2007. From 2008-2013 he worked as an architect for Buromoscow and Wowhaus in Moscow. He is an author, lecturer and a participant in various events and exhibitions on Soviet architecture and urban planning, with a focus on post-war Modernism, mass housing and the city of Minsk. He is the co-author of the book Towards the Typology of Soviet Mass Housing and the curator of the exhibition Modernism - an Unfinished Project: Reconstruction of the city centre of Minsk in 1960-1970s. He is currently working on an architectural guide to Minsk for DOM Publishers. He also teaches a course on the spatial politics of the Soviet city at the European College of Liberal Arts Belarus.
Asya Zakharyeva was born and lives in St Petersburg. After studying Applied Mathematics at St Petersburg State University, she worked as a business analyst. She then decided to convert her hobby into a profession and started a Masters in Music Criticism at Smolny College, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science at St Petersburg State University. While completing her degree, she has worked as a contributing author and editor for Compozitor Publishing House, the Bolshoi Theatre and other major cultural institutions.
Olga Zeveleva is a Moscow-based sociologist and political analyst. She graduated with a degree in history from the University of Virginia in 2010 and received a Master's degree in international relations from the Free University of Berlin in 2012. She is currently working on her PhD in sociology and conducting research on migration. She splits her time between Russia, the USA and Germany.
A journalist and media entrepreneur who worked at various editorial roles in Russian and international publications, including BBC Russian Service, Wallpaper and Vice. He was previously editor of the Moscow-based youth and subculture magazine Hooligan and deputy editor of The Calvert Journal.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is is an artist and researcher currently working on a film and archive project about immigration detention supported by the European Research Council at the University of Oxford. Khadija wrote her PhD at Harvard University and is the author of the acclaimed book Art in the Time of Colony. She has recently exhibited at venues including the Venice Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, and Extracity Antwerp. She is currently writing her second monograph for Chicago University Press about the return of Nazi and colonial loot. She is the recipient of fellowships from the British Academy, Sackler-Caird, and Humboldt Stiftung, and is a co-editor of the journal Third Text. www.kdja.org
Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist and writer, and the former editor in chief of Dozhd, the only independent TV station in Russia. Prior to Dozhd, Zygar worked for Newsweek Russia and the business daily Kommersant, where he covered the conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo.
Mikhail is co-author of the book Gazprom: Russia's New Weapon, which explores Russia's recent history through the currency of gas. His latest book, All the Kremlin’s Men, is based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Zygar is the founder of Project1917 Free History, an online project that enables participants to learn about the events of 1917 from those who lived during this defining moment of history.