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Denis Sokolov

Denis  is an expert on North Caucasus focusing on the informal economy of the region, land disputes, and institutional foundations of military conflicts.

He is a senior research fellow at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and research director at the Center for Social and Economic Research of Regions (RAMCOM).

Melissa Hooper

Melissa is Director of Europe and Eurasia Policy at Human Rights First, where she advocates for U.S. foreign policy that is accountable under human rights principles.  

Melissa is the former Moscow-based Regional Director of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative where she directed rule of law and  human rights-focused programming in Russia and several other countries. She has worked in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan on issues related to rule of law and human rights.

Sergey Aleksashenko
Sergey Aleksashenko

Economist. Director of Macroeconomic Research Department of State Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Former Deputy Finance Minister of Russia (1993 – 1995) and first deputy head of Central Bank of Russia (1995 – 1998). Expert in problems of taxes, privatization and economic sociology.

Maria Snegovaya
Maria Snegovaya

PhD candidate at Columbia University. Expert on the sources of support for the populist parties in the Eastern Europe.

Regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, and columnist at Russia’s “Vedomosti” business daily.

Vladimir Milov
Vladimir Milov

Russian opposition politician, publicist, economist & energy expert.

Former Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia (2002), adviser to the Minister of Energy (2001 – 2002), and head of strategy department at the Federal Energy Commission, the natural monopoly regulator (1999 – 2001).

Ilya Zaslavsky

Energy and political risks consultant

Ilya specializes in evaluating country risks for western energy companies in the Caspian region, Russia and Central Europe. He is also researching the spread of corrosive practices from CIS states into the West. in 2014 he was a Bosch fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham

Ksenia Kirillova
Ksenia Kirillova

Journalist at New Region, Ukraine and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, earlier – at Novaya Gazeta.

The main focus for Ksenia’s articles is analytics of the political processes in modern Russia, study of the Russian society, countering the propaganda and other urgent issues

Andrij Dobriansky

UN Representative for the Ukrainian World Congress.

He also sits on the Executive Board at, and serves as the Media Spokesman for, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America.  He has appeared on outlets such as The Daily Show, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, BBC and others to discuss ongoing events in Ukraine and connects Ukrainian citizens of interest with US and international media.

Dmytro Potekhin

Expert & trainer on nonviolent resistance.

Political analyst of the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine (2000-2001), Co-Founder & CEO of the Znayu fair elections campaign of the Orange Revolution (2004).

Vasily Gatov

Media researcher, journalist, analyst and media investment expert.

Joined the professional circle in 1985 as a reporter, and worked almost in any type of media industries both in Russia and internationally – newspapers, magazines, TV and radio. Vice-president of the Russian Publisher’s Guild and Board Member of WAN-IFRA. Former head of RIA Novosti MediaLab (2011 – 2013).

Ilya Ponomarev
Ilya Ponomarev

Russian oppositional politician, technology entrepreneur, member of Russian Parliament, chairman of innovations subcommittee, one of the founders of Skolkovo Foundation and former vice-president of Yukos Oil Company.