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Authors

Zara Abdullaeva

Zara Abdullaeva

Zara Abdullaeva was born in 1953 in Baku. Abdullaeva graduated Moscow State University in 1975 with a degree in philology and earned her PhD in 1982. She has worked as an editor in the publishing house “Souzteatr”. Abdullaeva is the author of many articles and has been widely published in magazines: Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Sovtskii Film, Teatr, Druzhba Naroda, Voprosi Literaturi, Dekorativnoi Iskusstvo, Novii Mir, Vestnik Akademii Nauk, Literaturnoe Obozrenii, Znaniya—Sila, and in newspapers: Literaturnaya Gazeta, Kommersant – Daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Awards and prizes: 1989 – CK CCCP for best book of the year (Living Nature: The Films of Roman Balayn), 1990 – best article of the year (“Messiah in the law”) from the magazine Znaniya – Sila, 1996 – best article of the year (“Between the Zone and the Island”) from the magazine Druzhba Naroda, 1997 – award for ten best publications of the year for “The Volga Flows into the Caspian Sea” from the magazine “Iskusstvo Kino”.

Russian page: Зара Абдуллаева

Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin is a pseudonym for Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili. Chkhartishvili was born on May 20, 1956 in the town of Zestafon in Georgia. He graduated from the Institute of Asia and Africa in 1979 and worked in the publishing house Rysskii Yazik from 1979 to 1986. From 1986 to 2000 he was the managing editor of Inostranaya Literatura. Chkhartishvili has been published since 1980. He translates prose from Japanese and English into Russian. Under the pen name of “Boris Akunin” he writes fiction: The Winter Queen, The State Counsellor, The Turkish Gambit and more.

Russian page: Борис Акунин

Tatyana Aleshicheva

Tatyana Aleshicheva

Tatyana Aleshicheva was born in 1971 in Leningrad. Alekshicheva graduated from St. Petersburg State University in 1997 with a degree in German philology. Aleshicheva works as a translator for Rolling Stone Magazine and 5 Koleso. She has also been published in Kommersant – Weekend and Empire.

Russian page: Татьяна Алёшичева

Sergei Anashkin

Sergei Anashkin

Anashkin was born in 1965. He graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1989 with the Sergei Komarova award for best thesis. Anashkin is the author of a numerous essays that have been published in the magazines: Iskusstvo Kino, Premier, Kinoforum, S?ance, Kinopark, Drugoi Kino as well as in popular publications, academic anthologies, and the encyclopedia Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. Anashkin is a member of SK, part of the Gilden Award for Film Critics jury, and FIPRESCI. Anashkin has also participated as a judge in FIPRESCI at the film festival in Kiev and Moscow, a member of the expert advice committee prize “Golden Oven”, and the editor of the catalogue Moscow Film Festival (MKF). Anashkin is also a Gilden prize laureate for film critics in Russia.

Russian page: Сергей Анашкин

Ekaterina Andreeva

Ekaterina Andreeva

Born in 1961 in Leningrad, Andreeva graduated from the Leningrad State University with a degree in art history. In 1990, Andreeva earned her PhD, having studied the Society of Russian Water-Color Painters. Since 1981, Andreeva has worked in the Russian Museum and currently is the chief academic official for the Department of New Trends. From 1986, she was the curator for exhibitions of contemporary art. From 1991 – 1996, Andreeva arranged a collection of new Russian art in the Russian Museum; in 1995, she initiated the launch for an educational program about contemporary art. Since 1997, Andreeva teaches 20th century art history at the PRO ARTE institute, European Institute, and the Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Since 1987, Andreeva has been published in the magazines: Iskusstvo, Tvorchestvo, Dekorativnoe Iskusstvo, Hudozshestvenii Zhurnal, and S?ance. She is the co-manager of the department of graphic arts and contributed to the Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986-2000. Film and its Context. Andreeva is also the author of several hundred essays and monographs of sots-art (Craftsman House, 1995).

Russian page: Екатерина Андреева

Yuri Arabov

Yuri Arabov

Yuri Arabov was born on October 25, 1954 in Moscow. Arabov graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1980. He is one of the organizers of the informal club “Poetry” in Moscow (1986). Since 1992, Arabov teaches a course in screen writing for master’s students in VGIK and since 1994 he is the head of film and drama department. Arabov is the author of more than twenty films and television shows.

Russian page: Юрий Арабов

Lubov Arkus

Lubov Arkus

Lubov Arkus was born in L’viv, Ukraine in 1960. Arkus graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1984. She worked as the secretary of literature for Victor Shklovsky, the editor of the film studio Lenfilm. In 1989, Arkus, along with A. Golutvoi, founded the magazine S?ance and has been its editor-in-chief since 1993. The author, compiler, and editor of a seven-volume compilation called Contemporary History of Film of the Motherland: 1986 – 2000 (Seance, 2001-2004), Arkus has also been published in many magazines: Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Sovetski Ekran, Ogonek as well as in many newspapers: Izvestia, Vremya MN and more. Arkus has been the recipient of numerous prizes: prize for best book on film (Sokurov, 1994), Gildin award (S?ance № 15, 16, 1998); winner of the thesis competition “Book of the Year” held by “The Encyclopediaist” at the XV Moscow International Exhibition Book Fair (Contemporary History of Film of the Motherland: 1986-2000, 2002). Lubov Arkus is currently a docent and the master of courses at Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Art’s film department.

Russian page: Любовь Аркус

Andrei Astvazaturov

Andrei Astvazaturov

Andrei Astvazaturov was born in 1969 in Leningrad. Astvazaturov graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in philology in 1991 and earned his PhD in philology in 1996. Astvazaturov is a senior lecturer in the history department for foreign literature at St. Petersburg State University and the manager of the literature program at Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2001, Astvazaturov taught at Bard College in America. He is the author of T.S. Eliot and his Poem “The Wasteland” (2000) and more than 100 publications about English and American literature. Astvazaturov has written numerous articles on Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Gernhardt Friedrich Muller, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike. His works have been printed in academic collections of the philology department at St. Petersburg State University as well as in magazines such as Novie Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Prelomlenie, Kollegium, and other academic publications. Since 2003, Astvazaturov has been a columnist and literary critic in several magazines, including Sobaka.ru, Krasnie, and Topos.

Russian page: Андрей Аствацатуров

Peter Bagrov

Peter Bagrov

Peter Bagrov was born in 1982 in Leningrad. Bagrov graduated from St. Petersburg State University in 2005 with a degree in physics. Beginning in 1999, his articles have appeared in the newspaper NevskoeVremya, the magazinesKinovedcheskie Zapiski, Kinoprotzess and others. Bagrov is a member of the editorial board for the magazine Kinovedchiskie Zapiski and the author of several articles in Contemporary History of Film from the Motherland. 1986-2000. Film and its Context. Bagrov is a member of the editorial board for S?ance and the author of television scripts for the series on the history of film on the Kul’tura channal. In 2004, Bagrov was nominated for the Gildin Prize (in the category of literature and film: information and reference) for his publications in the magazineKinovedchiskie Zapiski and as a scriptwriter for the television show “The Star Years of Lenfilm”.

Russian page: Петр Багров

Yulia Bederova

Yulia Bederova

Yulia Bederova was born in Moscow in 1971. Bederova graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. From 1993-1997, Bederova was a columnist for the newspaper Russki Telegraph, and from 2000-2001, a columnist and editor at Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Since 2002, she has worked as a music critic, columnist, and editor at the newspaper Vremya Novostei. Bederova has been published in the journals Iskusstvo Kino, Muzikal’naya Akademiya, Itogi, Playboy, Profile, Bolshoi Theatre, Expert, Marie Clair, Afisha, Stolitza, Capital Perspective and others, as well as in the newspapers Kommersant, Izvestiya, Frankfurther Allgemaine Zeitung and more. Bederova is also the author of recordings and annotations of Gidon Kremer and the orchestra “Kremerat Baltic” for the firm Nonesuch and Deutche Grammophon (2001-2004).

Russian page: Юлия Бедерова

Thomas Beltcer

Thomas Beltcer

Thomas Beltcer was born in 1961 in Tennessee, USA. He graduated from Chrichton College in Memphis and received a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Memphis. Beltcer taught English at Lane College (Jackson, Tennessee) and at the University of San Antonio. In 2000, Beltcer published a collection of poems called Antihitos: Humble Praying and is preparing to release his first novel Parchis Blues. Beltcer is a film critic on the website “Senses of Cinema” and has been published in Critique, Gulf Coast Historical Review and more.

Russian page: Томаc Бельтцер

Aleksei Belyakov

Aleksei Belyakov

Aleksei Belyakov was born in 1965 in Moscow. Trained as a Russian teacher, Belyakov has been published in Uchitelskaya Gazeta, Stolitza, 7 Dnei, and Paradox. He is also the author of the novel The Second Door (2005). Belyakov currently works as an editor for Vogue.

Russian page: Алексей Беляков

Michael Berg

Michael Berg

Michael Berg was born in 1952 in Leningrad. Before 1989, Berg was published only via samizdat and tamizdat. He is the author of many novels: The Eternal Jew (1981, published in 1990), Between the Lines, Or Reading Memoirs, Or Perhaps Simply Vasili Vasilivich (1982, 1991), Momemuri (1984, 1993-1994), Ros and Me, (1986, 1991), The Last Novel (1994), Rough Draft of Confessions, Rough Draft of a Novel (1995), and Unhappy Duel (1999). From 1989-1995, Berg published and edited the magazine Vestnik Novii Literaturi” (winning the prize “Malie Booker” in 1992). Berg is published in the magazine Novie Literaturnoe Obozrenie, and in newspapers, such as WELT am SONNTAG, Moskovskie Novosti, Kommersant, and Russki Telegraph. Berg is also a contributor to the radio station “Nemetskaya Volna” and “Svoboda” and is a member of the executive committee for the Petersburg branch of the Russian Pen-Club.

Russian page: Михаил Берг

Yuri Bogomolov

Yuri Bogomolov

Yuri Bogomolov was born in 1937 in Leningrad. Bogomolov gratuated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1965 and received his PhD in 1976. Since 1971, Bogomolov has been the senior science and technology expert at the Institute of Art History (currently known as the Government Institute of Art History). From 1998-2004, he worked in the arts and culture section of the newspaper Izvestiya. Bogomolov is the author of many books, including Artistic Time on the TV (1975) and numerous essays about theory and history of film, theater, and television. He has been published in various collection of works, such as Kinopanorama, Television of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Teleserials in the magazines Iskusstvo Kino, Sovetskie Ekran, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, S?ance, and the newspapers Sovestkaya Kul’tura, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti and others. Since 2004, Bogomolov works as a television critique at Rossiskoi Gazeta and has been a columnist for RIA Novosti (Russian Information Agency Novosty) since 2005.

Russian page: Юрий Богомолов

Gleb Borisov

Gleb Borisov

Gleb Borisov was born in 1981 in Leningrad. Borisov received his degree in 2003 in Eastern studies, with a focus on Arabic philology. From 2005-2007, Borisov edited a column called “Kino” in the magazine Time Out Petersburg. As of 2007, Borisov is an editor of the website 5-tv.ru. He has been published in Time Out Moscow, Krasnie, Sobaka.ru, and in the newspapers Vedomosti and RBK Daily. Borisov is also one of the judges for the film festival Open Cinema.

Russian page: Глеб Борисов

Mikhail Brashinsky

Mikhail Brashinsky

Mikhail Brashinsky was born on May 10, 1965 in Leningrad. Brashinsky graduated from the Leningrad State Theatre Arts Academy in 1987. From 1989 to 1991, Brashinsky attended graduate school as the University of New Orleans and received his PhD in 1994. As of 1994, Brashinsky has been a correspondent for the Variety International Film Guide. He has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Films in Review, Dekorativnoe Iskusstvo, Voyazsh, Vogue, Afisha, Russkie Telegraph, Kommersant-Daily, Westsider (NY) and more. Brashinsky made his debut as a director with the film “Freezing Rain” in 2002.

Russian page: Михаил Брашинский

Dmitri Bykov

Dmitri Bykov

Dmitri Bykov was born in 1967 in Moscow. Bykov graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1991. He was a school teacher and taught Russian language and literature. Bykov worked as a columnist for Obshei Gazeta, editor of the literature section of the magazine Stolitza. Since 1997, Bykov has been a columnist for the newspaper Vechernii Club, and since 1998, a columnist at Novaya Gazeta. He is the author of many essays on film, literature, and politics. Bykov has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, Seanse, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Ogonek, Ekran i Szena, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Obshaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta and more. Bykov was awarded for best column in the newspaper Sobesednik (1992) by the Union of Russian Journalists, and received the I. Tabashnikov award for best reviews in the newspaper Vechernie Klub (1999). He is also the author of the novel Orthography (2003), Chronicles of Immediate War (2005), Justification (2005), How Putin Became President of the USA: New Russian Fairy Tales (2005), Removal Service (2005), In Place of Life (2006) and more. In 2006, Bykov earned the National Bestseller award.

Russian page: Дмитрий Быков

Vladimir Valutskii

Vladimir Valutskii

Vladimir Valutskii was born on September 25, 1936 in Moscow. Valutskii graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1964. From 1990 to 19995, Valutskii led the master’s program in screen writing at VGIK. In 1987, Valutskii became an Honored Art Worker for the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

Russian page: Владимир Валуцкий

Aleskei Vasiljev

Aleskei Vasiljev

Aleskei Vasiljev was born in 1973 in Tver, Russia. Vasiljev graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1994. He received an award for best thesis of the year (“Theory of Connotations in Discourses in Film) by the magazine Kinovedchiskie Zapiski. From 1999-2004, Vasiljev wrote a regular column called “Kino” in the magazine Afisha. He is the co-author, editor and compiler of 365 Films for Every Day, 500 Most Important Films of All Time, and the author of Goddess: Conversations with Rinata Litvinova. Vasiljev is the program director of the international documentary film festival in Tveri called “Kinoglaz” (2004). Since 2004, he has been a curator for “In Film with Afisha.ru” for ZDP. Vasiljev received the M. Levitan Gilden award for film criticism in 2000.

Russian page: Алексей Васильев

Inna Vasiljeva

Inna Vasiljeva

Inna Vasiljeva was born in 1975 in Leningrad. Vasiljeva graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in 1997. From 1992 to 1997, Vasiljeva worked for the television and radio company GTRK Petersburg as a screen-writer and program director. Since 1998, Vasiljeva has been an editor and director of the publishing house S?ance.

Russian page: Инна Васильева

Dmitri Vodennikov

Dmitri Vodennikov

Dmitri Vodennikov was born in 1968. Vodennikov is a poet and the author of several books: Burr (ARGO-RISK, 1996), Holiday: Book of Verses (INA-Press, 1999) How One Should Live in Order to be Loved (OGI, 2001), A Man Can Fake an Orgasm as Well (OGI, 2002), A Tasty Meal for Apathetic Cats (OGI, 2005), Rough Copy (SPB, 2006), Pushkin’s Fund (2006), Hello, I’ve Come to Bid you Farewell (Livebook, 2007). Vodennikov was elected and declared to be the king of poets at the Territory festival in 2007.

Russian page: Дмитрий Воденников

Igor Volgin

Igor Volgin

Igor Volgin was born in 1942 in Perm, Russia. Volgin graduated Moscow State University with a degree in history in 1964. He is one of the organizers and participant of the readings and recitations “Na Mayakovske”. Volgin is the author of several collections of poetry and has translated several books. Since 1968, he has been the director of the literary studio at the Moscow State University “Lich”. Volgin is the author of many books: Dostoevsky—Journalist. Diaries of a Writer and the Russian Community (1982), Dostoevsky’s Last Year (1986), To Be Born in Russia. Dostoevsky and his Contemporaries: Life and Documents (1991), Metamorphasis of Power. Attempts at the Russian Throne from XVIII-XIX Centuries (1994), Teetering on the Abyss: Dostoevsky and the Emperor’s Home (1998), The Lost Plot: Dostoevsky and the Political Process in 1849 (2000), and The Return Ticket: Paradoxes of the National Consciousness (2002). Volgin is an academic at the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and has a PhD in philology and history. He is a professor of journalism at the Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov and at the LitInstitute A.M. Gorky. Volgin is a member of the editing board for the magazines Chelovek and Literaturovedcheskie Zhurnal and a member of the scientific board of advice for the Pushkin Institute. Volgin is also the founder and president of the Dostoevsky Fund, the author and director of a two-series television show about N Zabolotskom (“Kul’tura, 2001), a 12-series television show “The Life and Death of Dostoevsky” (“Kul’tura, 2004).

Russian page: Игорь Волгин

Roman Volobuev

Roman Volobuev

Roman Volobuev was born in 1977 in Moscow. Volobuev has translated from English for the magazine Rovesnik, worked as a photo-reporter for the newspaper Vechernaya Moskva, a correspondent for the paper Obsheya Gazety, and special correspondent for Literaturnoi Gazeti. Volobuev has worked as a film critic for Izvestia (1999), Premiere (2001), FHM and GQ (2002) and for the newspaper Vedomosti. He has been published in the magazine Iskusstvo Kino. Since 2004, Volobuev has been an editor for the magazine Afisha in Moscow.

Russian page: Роман Волобуев

Aleksei Vostrikov

Aleksei Vostrikov

Aleksei Vostrikov was born in 1960 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Vostrikov graduated from the Chelyabinsk State University with a degree in philology in 1984. Since 1988, Vostrikov has worked at the Russian Academy of Sciecne Library M. Gorsky in St. Petersburg. His last few years there, he worked as the manager and curator at the Library of Higher Women’s Policy. Vostrikov is the author of Books on Russian Duels, essays in The Encyclopedia of the 18th Century, Lotman Collection, Tynianov Readings, The Nevsky Archives. He has also written for the magazines Russkaya Literatura and Russia, as well as scientific commentaries on literature and memoirs. Vostrikov contributed several essays to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. Vostrikov is also a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Алексей Востриков

Vadim Gaevskij

Vadim Gaevskij

Vadim Gaevskij was born in 1928 in Moscow. Gaevskij graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS). He is a critic and studies the history of theater. Since 1992, he has been a professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), teaching film and theater history. Gaevskij is a columnist for the magazine Teatr, member of the editorial board for the magazine Moskovskii Nabludatel’, has been published in the magazine Nasha Nasledie, and in the newspapers Mariinskii Teatr, Moskovskie Novosti, and more. Gaevskij is a member of the International Society of Ballet Historians (France). He is the author of more than 200 works, most notably: Divertissement: The Fate of Classical Ballet (1981), Hamlet’s Flute: Images of Contemporary Theatre (1985), and The House of Petipa (2000). Gaevskij has been awarded numerous prizes, including the A. Blok Award in 2001 and the A. Kugelya award in 2005 and is an Honored Art Worker for the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

Russian page: Вадим Гаевский

Dmitri Galkovskij

Dmitri Galkovskij

Dmitri Galkovskij was born in 1960 in Moscow. Galkovskij graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in philology. He is the author of philosophical novel Eternal Deadlock (1997) and the laureate of the Anti-Booker Prize (1998, but did not accept the award). Galkovskij publishes stories, plays, and essays. He is the director of several internet projects and the author of the anthology of Soviet poetry Utkorech’ (Pskov, 2002).

Russian page: Дмитрий Галковский

Aleksandr Genis

Aleksandr Genis

Aleksandr Genis was born in 1953 in Ryazan and raised in Riga. Genis graduated from the Latvian State University with a degree in philology in 1976. Genis has been living in New York since 1977. He has worked on Russian-American newspapers and journals (The New American, etc.). Genis has been published in Russia since 1989. As of 1984, Genis has worked at the radio station “Svoboda” as a commentator and author of the weekly show “American Hour with Aleksandr Genis”. He is the author of the upcoming television series “Letters from America” (channal Kul’tura) and a member of the editorial board for the magazine Inostrannaya Literatura. Genis was also a member of the selection committee for the Booker Prize (1993), a member of the Academy of Russian Philology, and laureate of Zvezda’s prize in 1997. Genis co-wrote six books with Peter Vael, most notably: Contemporary Russian Prose, Native Speech (which was recommended by the Russian Federation’s Minister of Education), The Russian Kitchen in Exile, and more. As of 1990, he writes without a co-author, and has written The American ABCs, The Tower of Babylon, Ivan Petrovich Died, Darkness and Silence, Landscape, Knitted Garmets and more. The Sweet Life, a collection of essays, were published in 2004, Bread: Culinary Travels was published in 2006, and in 2008 The Zen of Football and Other Stories was published. Genis is the author and director of a movie about the Ukrainian Revolution, The Orange Winter (2006). His works have been translated into English, German, French, Serbian, Japanese, Hungarian, and Latvian.

Russian page: Александр Генис

Aleksandr Goldshtein

Aleksandr Goldshtein

Aleksandr Goldshtein was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Goldshtein graduated from the Baku State University with a degree in philology. As of 1990, Goldshtein lives in Israel. He is the author of a book of essays Parting With Narcissus (1997, receiving both the Anti-Booker award and the Russian Little Booker Prize), a book of prose Aspects of a Spiritual Union, and the novel Remember Famagusta.

Russian page: Александр Гольдштейн

Denis Gorelov

Denis Gorelov

Denis Gorelov was born in 1967 in Moscow. Gorelov attended the Moscow Pedagogical State University from 1984-1989 where he studied philology. He was a columnist for Kinokur’er and for the newspaper Moskovski Komsomoletz, has worked as a film critic and editor of the “Society” section of the newspaper Segodnya, a correspondent for the magazine Stolitza, and a critic for Russki Telegraph. As of 1998, Gorelov is a critic for the newspaper Izvestiya. He is a scriptwriter for the program “Dolls” (1996, NTV), the first twelve shows of the project “Lately 1961-1991: Our Era” (1997, NTV). Gorelov has been published in numerous journals including: Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Sovetskii Ekran, Stolitza, as well as newspapers: Segodnya, Russkii Telegraph, Moskovskii Komsomoletz and more. Gorelov has also contributed several essays to Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000: Film and its Context.

Russian page: Денис Горелов

Elena Gracheva

Elena Gracheva

Elena Gracheva was born in 1964 in Omsk, Russia. Gracheva graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in philology in 1987. She is a teacher at the St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium. Gracheva is the author of several essays on Russian literature in Memoirs at the University of Tartu, The Lotman Collection, and has been published in the magazines Rossiya/Russia, and writes the forwards to Russian classics for the publishing company Azbuka and Prosvesheniya. Gracheva is an expert and director of the “Literature” section and has contributed essays to Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. Gracheva is also a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Елена Грачева

Elena Gremina

Elena Gremina

Elena Gremina was born and lives in Moscow. Gremina is a playwright and script writer. She is one of the founders of the project “Documentary Theater” (Teatr.doc) as well as the Festival for Real Film “Kinoteatr.doc”. Gremina is a member of the artistic advice board for the Festival for Young Playwrights ‘Lubimovka’ (since 2007). She has written many plays, including: Behind the Mirror, The Wife of Sakhalin, The Russian Eclipse, Sleep at the End of the World and many more. Gremina has written One Late Evening, Alpha and Beta (co-written with Vladimir Mirzovem), Demon-Lover, Diaries of a Murderer, Aide-de-camp to Love and more. She has been published in the journals Teatr, Dramaturg, Sovremenaya Dramaturg and is the laureate of the Stalker Prize in 2005 for her work in contemporary theater, the winner of the All-Russian Competition of Plays in Moscow, and winner of the best radio-play in 1991 and 1991 as well. Gremina is also a member of the Union of Writers of the Russian Federation and a member of the Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation.

Russian page: Елена Гремина

Aleksei Gusev

Aleksei Gusev

Aleksei Gusev was born in 1977 in Leningrad. From 1993-1996, Gusev attended St. Petersburg State University and studied mathematics-mechanics. Gusev graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 2006— the magazine Kinovedcheskie Zapiski honored him with the award for best thesis. Since 1997 he has worked as a director for the St. Petersburg theater “SaturN”. Gusev has directed many plays, including: “Hungry” by William Saroyan, “Garden of Pendulums” by William Butler Yeats, “Sleep is Home” (based on the poetry of Eugenio Montale), “Blood pact” by Ramon del Valle-Inclan, and more. Gusev has participated in several international film festivals and is the laureate of the Musical Rainbow festival, having been nominated for “Jazz-Modern Choreography”. He has been published since 1997: in the Almanac Eulogy for Dance, Cinematograph, and in the magazines St. Petersburg Book Herald, Vesh.doc, in the newspapers Hronika, Imperia Drama and more. Gusev was the manager of the section “World Film” for Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. He works as a member of the editorial board for S?ance. Gusev has also written commentaries to the works The Lowly Truth by A. Mikhailov-Konchalovskij and Woman with a Movie Camera by M. Goldovsky. Gusev received the Levitan Gilden Award for film critics in Russia in 2006. Since 2007, Gusev teaches a course at St. Petersburg State University called “Myths of Western Culture and Consciousness”.

Russian page: Алексей Гусев

Evgenii Gusjatinskij

Evgenii Gusjatinskij

Evgenii Gusjatinskij was born in 1983 in Moscow. Gusjatinskij graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 2004 and is currently working a graduate student at the Russian Institute of Cultural Studies. He has been published in the magazines Iskusstvo Kino, Premiere, Kinoforum, and in the newspaper Moskovski Novosti. As of 2004, Gusjatinskij has been the editor for the journal Iskusstvo Kino. Gusjatinskij also contributed to Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context.

Russian page: Евгений Гусятинский

Aleksandr Derjabin

Aleksandr Derjabin

Aleksandr Derjabin was born in 1971 in the Komi-Permyak Okrug, Russia. Derjabin gradated from Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1994. From 1994-2001, he worked at the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents (RGAKFD). From 2000-2004, Derjabin was the editor of the journal Kinovedcheskie Zapiski. From 2004-2007, he was an editor for film production at NTV. Derjabin has been published since 1991, mainly in the journal Kinovedcheskie Zapiski. He was one of the founders of “Pushkin’s Film Dictionary” (M, 1999), and the author of the introductory essay and commentary for the book Dziga Vertov: His Legacy. Volume 1: Experiences in Drama (M, 2004). Derjabin is one of the founders and main editors of the book Chronicles of Russian Cinema: 1863-1929 (M, 2004). Derjabin also received an honorable medal at the film festival of silent film in Pordenone (“Le Giornate del Cinema Muto”, Italy, 2004).

Russian page: Александр Дерябин

Karina Dobrotvorskaja

Karina Dobrotvorskaja

Karina Dobrotvorskaja was born in 1966 in Leningrad. Dobrotvorskaja graduated from the Leningrad State Theater Art Academy in 1987 and received her PhD in 1991. She has taught the history of foreign theater at the Leningrad State Theater Art Academy (currently known as the St. Petersburg Start Theater Art Academy). From 1988-2002, Dobrotvorskaja was the chief editor of the Russian edition of Vogue. Since 2002, she has been the chief editor of the Russian version of the journal AD (Architectural Digest). Dobrotvorskaja has been published in academic collections compiled by the Leningrad State Theatre Art Academy, in the magazines Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Moskovskii Nabludatel’, Peterburgskii Teatral’naya Zhurnal, Om, in the newspapers Kommersant, Russkii Telegraph, Literaturnaya Gazeta and more.

Russian page: Карина Добротворская

Sergei Dobrotvorskij

Sergei Dobrotvorskij

Sergei Dobrotvorskij was born on January 22, 1959 in Leningrad. Dobrotvorskij graduated from the Leningrad State Theater Art Academy in 1980 and received his PhD in 1987. He is the creator and director of the theater “Na Podokonnike” (“On the Windowsill) (1984-1987) and the creator of the parallel group for film called “Che-Paev” (1986). Since 1986, Dobrotvorskij has worked at the Russian Institute of Art History (RIII), and since 1987, he has taught history and theory of theater at the Leningrad State Theater Art Academy (currently known as the St. Petersburg State Theater Art Academy). As of 1990, Dobrotvorskij has been an author and member of the editorial board for the magazine S?ance, and since 1994, he has been a film critic for the newspaper Kommersant- Daily. Dobrotvorskij has directed a program called “The Line of Film” (1997, ORT). Since 1996, he has been chairman of the Gilden film critic award in St. Petersburg. Dobrotvorskij is the author of over sixty essays and has been widely published both in Russia and abroad. He has been published in CinePhantom, S?ance, Iskusstvo Kino, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Om, Premiere, and in the newspapers Kommersant-Daily, Literaturnaya Gazeta, and many more. He has also published under several pseudonyms, including Olga Lepestkova and Sergei Karenin. Dobrotvorskij has his own display of his art works in 1998 at the St. Petersburg Dom Kino. Sergei Dobrotvorskij died on August 27, 1997.

Russian page: Сергей Добротворский

Anton Dolin

Anton Dolin

Anton Dolin was born in 1976 in Moscow. Dolin graduated from the Moscow State University Lomonosova with a degree in Russian philology in 1997 and in 2000 he attended the Institute of World Literature A. M. Gorky. From 1997 to 2002, he worked at the radio station “Echo Moscow” as a correspondent. From 2001-2005, Dolin worked at Gazeta, first as a film critic and then becoming an editor of the culture section for the paper. Dolin was the managing editor at the newspaper Vechernaya Moskva and since 2006, has been a film critic for the paper Moskovskie Novosti. He has been published in the magazines Iskusstvo Kino and Expert, on the websites Russki Zhurnal and Grani.ru. Dolin is the director of a show on the radio stations Russkaya Sluzhva Novosti and Maksimum. Anton Dolin is also the author of two books published by NLO: Lars von Trear: Exam (2004) and Takeshi Kitano: Childhood Years (2006) and is a two-time laureate of the Gilden film critic award.

Russian page: Антон Долин

Daniel Dondurej

Daniel Dondurej

Daniel Dondurej is a critic—he was born on May 19, 1947 in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Dondurej graduated from the St. Petersburg State Institute of Art: Sculpture and Architecture in 1970 with a degree in art history. He received his PhD in 1975 in philosophy. During the Soviet Union, Dondurej worked at the information center for the Ministry of Culture. As of 1992, Dondurej teaches a course on the sociology of art and a course called “the producer’s profession” at the Russian Academy of Theater Arts. Since 1993, he is the editor-in-chief of the journal Iskusstvo Kino. Dondurej is the author of over two hundred essays that have been published in Russia and abroad. He has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Voprosi Philosophie, Dekorativnoe Iskusstvo, Ogonek, as well as in the newspapers Literaturnoe Gazeta, Russkii Telegraph, Izvestiya, Kommersant-Daily and many more. In 1993, Dondurej received the Golden Aries award.

Russian page: Даниил Дондурей

Marina Drozdova

Marina Drozdova

Marina Drozdova was born in 1964 in Moscow. Drozdova graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1986. She has worked as a columnist for the journal Tehnika Kino i Televidenie, editor of the magazine Novie Fil’mi, and editor of the film section for the journals Vek and Literaturnoe Gazeta. Since 1992, Drozdova has been a consultant, dealing with Russian films and film archives, for the company Arkeion Films (France). Since 1997, she has been an editor of the editorial section for the magazine Film. Drozdova has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Sovetskie Film and in the newspapers Dom Kino, Ekran I Szena, Literaturnaya Gazeta and more.

Russian page: Марина Дроздова

Daniel Dugaev

Daniel Dugaev

Daniel Dugaev was born in 1978 in Leningrad. Dugaev graduated from the St. Petersburg State University with a degree in philology in 2001. He has been published in the magazines Pchela, Ekspert, the newspapers Kar’era, The St. Petersburg Times, The Moscow Times, and Kommersant. From 1999-2001, Dugaev was the editor-in-chief of the internet-magazine Internet.ru. From 2001-2003, he was the editor-in-chief of the internet-magazine Toaster. From 2002-2003, he was the editor-in-chief of the publishing company Artemiya Lebedeva. From 2003-2005, he was the editor of Afisha-Mir and since 2005; Dugaev has worked as a special correspondent for Afisha.

Russian page: Даниил Дугаев

Aleksei Eliseev

Aleksei Eliseev

Aleksei Aeliseev was born in 1985 in Leningrad. Aeliseev is currently at the St. Petersburg State University studying Russian philology. He has been published since 2002: in the newspapers Nevsky Vremya, Hronika, Chas Pik, the magazines Vash Dosug, Gorod, U Knizshnie Polki, and Ekspert Severo-Zapad. Aeliseev is the author of several essays in the Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context.

Russian page: Алексей Елисеев

Nikita Eliseev

Nikita Eliseev

Nikita Eliseev was born in 1959 in Leningrad. Eliseev graduated from the St. Petersburg State Herzen Pedagogical University with a degree in history in 1980. Since 1983, Eliseev has worked as a bibliographer at the National Library of Russia. Since 2001, Eliseev has been a columnist at Ekspert Severo-Zapad. He has been published since 1992: in the magazines Znamya, Vek XX i Mir, Novie Mir, Zvezda, Neva, Postskriptum, Stupeni, Voprosi Literaturii, Novoe Vremya, Piterbook, Novaya Russkaya Kniga, Kriticheskaya Massa. Eliseev is the author of a collection of critical essays called A Caution to Writers. He has also contributed essays to the Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Никита Елисеев

Aleksei Erohin

Aleksei Erohin

Aleksei Erohin was born on August 22, 1954 in Kaliningrad. Erohin graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1981. He worked as the head of the Soviet film department for the magazine Sovetskii Ekran, was the editor-in-chief for the newspaper Dom Kino, a columnist for Kino-Glaz, Stolitza, Stas and Vechernii Club. As of 1999, Erohin is a columnist at the magazine 2000. He has been published in the likes of Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Sovestkie Ekran, Kino-Glaz, Mneniya, Moskovskie Novosti, Obshaya Gazeta, Segodnya and many more. Erohin tragically died on September 1, 2000.

Russian page: Алексей Ерохин

Stanislav Zelvenskij

Stanislav Zelvenskij

Stanislav Zelvenskij was born in 1978 in Leningrad. Zelvenskij graduated from the St. Petersburg State University with a degree in history in 2002—after this, Zelvenskij attended graduate school at the Institute of Russian Art History. He has worked at the art and culture departments for several different publications (Ekspert, Kar’era-Kapital, Internet.ru, Kommersant). Zelvenskij was the editor-in-chief of the journal Afisha (St. Petersburg) from 2003 to 2006. He has contributed to Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Станислав Зельвенский

Aleskei Zimin

Aleskei Zimin

Aleskei Zimin was born in 1971 in Dubna, Russia. Zimin attended the Moscow State University where he studied Russian folklore. He has worked as an editor for the program “International Panorama”, as the editor-in-chief for the magazine Afisha, managed the pop-culture section in the newspaper Izvestia, was the editor-in-chief for GQ, Gourmet and Afisha-Mir. Zimin wrote a weekly restaurant review for Vedomosti. He has been published in nearly all of the major Russian publications, from Vogue to Playboy. Aleksei Zimin is currently the editor-in-chief at Afisha-Eda.

Russian page: Алексей Зимин

Neya Zorkaja

Neya Zorkaja

Neya Zorkaja was born on July 12, 1924 in Moscow. Zorkaja graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in 1947 and received her PhD in 1994. Since 1958, Zorkaja was a preeminent scholar at the Institute of Art History. In 1986, she started teaching Russian film history at VKSR. Zorkaja is the founder of the yearly collection called Cultural Notes. She is also the founder of the project called Artisitic Life from the ‘70s as a System (1998-2000, Russian Fund of Fundamental Research RAN). Zorkaha has written several books on history and theory of film, most notably Portraits (1966), On the Cusp of a Century: The Source of Mass Art in Russia 1900-1910 (1975), and Unique and in Circulation (1981). She has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Sovetskii Ekran, Podina, Ekran i Szena, Izvestiya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russkii Telegraph, Vechernii Club, and more. Neya Zorkaja passed away on October 16, 2006.

Russian page: Нея Зоркая

Andrei Ivanov

Andrei Ivanov

Andrei Ivanov was born in 1957 in Yaroslav. Ivanov graduated from Moscow State University for the Humanities in 1983. Since 1990, Ivanov has worked at Put’ k Sebya, Yaponiya Segodnya, Komsomol’skaya Pravda, and Kommersant. Ivanov was invited to work at the University of Tokyo from 1994-1995. He is the author of many essays about the problems in north-east Asia. As of 1997, Ivanov works as a columnist at Kommersant.

Russian page: Андрей Иванов

Tatyana Iensen

Tatyana Iensen

Tatyana Iensen was born on June 3, 1947 in Moscow. Iensen graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in philology in 1971. She has worked as an editor at Novie Mir. Starting in 1975, Iensen worked as the editor of the soviet film section and beginning in 1981, worked as the editor of the theory and history section for the magazine Iskusstvo Kino. From 1998 to 1999, Iensen contributed a column called “Urgent Questions” in the magazine Tatyana’s Day. Iensen has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, Voprosi Literaturi, Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Dar, Ekran Szena, Literaturnaya Gazeta and more.

Russian page: Татьяна Иенсен

Anna Izakar

Anna Izakar

Anna Izakar was born in 1978. Izakar graduated from the Voronezh State University with a degree in 20th century Russian literature. She is the author of many essays about modernist literature in the 20th century and has written extensively about Nabokov’s works. Izakar worked as a screen-writer for the animated film “Pis’mo” (“Letter”) based on a story by Daniel Kharms. As of 2003, Izakar has worked in publishing—she was the director of the book store/club “Proekt OGI” in Moscow, took part in the publication of U. B. Norshtein’s books, and in many other projects tied to publishing.

Russian page: Анна Изакар

Arkadii Ippolitov

Arkadii Ippolitov

Arkadii Ippolitov was born in 1958 in Leningrad. Ippolitov graduated from the Leningrad State University with a degree in art history in 1989. Since then, Ippolitov has been working at the Hermitage. He has been a curator for many exhibitions, including “Western European Masterpieces in Engravings from XV-XVII” (1998), “Baby Jesus” (2000), “Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: History of Photography” (2004-2005) and many more. Ippolitov has been published in Kommersant, Russkii Telegraph, Pinakoteka, S?ance and more. He teaches art history at the European University of St. Petersburg and at St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. Ippolitov is the author of many books, most notably: Baroque at the End of the Century (1992), Golden Ass (1995), and Venice (2001). Ippolitov is a member of the expert committee for the St. Petersburg institute PRO ARTE. Arkadii Ippolitov has contributed to the collection Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Аркадий Ипполитов

Iraklii Kvirikadze

Iraklii Kvirikadze

Iraklii Kvirikadze was born in 1939 in Tbilisi. Kvirikadze graduated from the Tbilisi State University in 1962 with a degree in journalism and graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1968. Since 1978 he has worked as a director of montage for Russian and international film. From 1974-1980, Kvirikadze taught at the Tibilisi Institute of Theater and at VGIK from 1985-1995. Kvirikadze has written several books and many short stories, essays, screenplays—these have been published both in Russia and abroad. As of 1991, he lives in Los Angeles and has worked in America, France, Germany, and Russia. Kvirikadze is the author of many screenplays, most notably: “Robinsonada or My English Grandfather” (1987), “The Travels of Comrade Stalin in Africa” (1991), “The Limit” (1994, with P. Lutzkoi and A. Samoryadov), “1001 Recipes for Culinary Lovers” (1996), “Lunar Father” (1999 with B. Khudoinazarov), “Summer or 27 Lost Kisses” (2000, with N. Djordjadze and M. Zverevoi), “The Swimmer” (1980, released in 1987). He received the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival for “The Swimmer”, the Nika Award for best screenplay (1994, “The Limit”), best screenplay at the Open Film Festival for the Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltic States (“Kino-Shock”) at Anapa. Iraklii Kvirikadze was awarded as Honored Art Worker of Georgia in 1983.

Russian page: Ираклий Квирикадзе

Sasha Kiselev

Sasha Kiselev

Sasha Kiselev was born on August 25, 1960 in Moscow. Kiselev graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1986. He has worked as an editor for the journal “Sovetskii Film”, editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Dom Kino”, director of the art and culture section for the newspaper “Vek”, director of the film section for the newspaper “Vechernaya Moskva”, and consultant for “Arkeion Films” (France).

Russian page: Саша Киселев

Yuri Klepikov

Yuri Klepikov

Yuri Klepikov was born on August 24, 1935 in Chelyabinsk. Klepikov graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1960 and in 1964, finished the Institute for Screen Writers and Directors (VKSR). From 1989-1991, Klepikov was the People’s Deputy for the Soviet Union and in 1984 earned the title of Honored Art Worker of the Russia. He is the author of a multitude of screenplays, most notably: “The History of Asi Klyachinoi, Who Loved but Never Married”, “The Woodpecker’s Head Does Not Ache”, “The Ascent”, and “The Lad”.

Russian page: Юрий Клепиков

Oleg Kovalov

Oleg Kovalov

Oleg Kovalov was born in 1950 in Leningrad. Kovalov graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1983. He has worked as an editor for the film studio “Lenfilm” and “Spartak”. The author of numerous essays, Kovalov has been published both in Russia and abroad. Most notably, he has been published in Sovetskii Ekran, Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, and Mneniya, as well as contributing to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. He is a member of the editorial board for S?ance. Kovalov has written and director many films: “The Scorpion’s Garden” (1991), “Island of the Dead” (1992), “Concert for Rats” (with T. Vaulin, V. Maslov, and V. Ivanov, 1995), “Sergei Eisenstein: The Mexican Fantasy” (1998), “Dark Night” (with N. Skorokhod, 2000) and more. Kovalov has received numerous awards: first place at the Union of Soviet Composers (1989), Best Debut of the Year for the film “The Garden of Scorpions” (1991), grand prize at Sochi’s festival “Film is not for Everyone” for “Island of the Dead” (1993), Nika Award for best unplayed film (“Sergei Eisenstein: Autobiography” in 1996), and the CICAE award in Berlin for “Sergei Eisenstein: Mexican Fantasy” in 1998.

Russian page: Олег Ковалов

Elena Kovalskaya

Elena Kovalskaya

Elena Kovalskaya was born on February 8, 1969 in Kerch, Ukraine. Kovalskaya graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Kovalskaya has worked at the theater “School of Contemporary Plays” and as the director of the festival “Novaya Drama” (“New Drama”). In 2006, she was the art-director of the Festival of Young Actors “Lubimovka”. Since 1999, Kovalskaya has worked as a theater critic at the magazine Afisha. Currently, Kovalskaya teaches the history of international theater at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. Elena Kovalskaya was awarded the D?but award and the Chaika award.

Russian page: Елена Ковальская

Vasilii Korezkij

Vasilii Korezkij

Vasilii Korezkij was born in 1975 in Moscow. Korezkij graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in biology. He worked as a junior scientist at the Institute of Protein (part of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Since 2001, Korezkij has been a film critic for Ezhenedel-noe Zhurnal. He has been published in Premier, Vogue, Expert, and Afisha. Since 2004, Korezkij has been the editor of the film section for Time Out Moscow.

Russian page: Василий Корецкий

Olga Korshakova

Olga Korshakova

Olga Korshakova was born in 1979 in Moscow. Korshakova graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts in 2003. Since 2001, Korshakova has worked in PR and as manager for the development of the Agency of Theater and Dance. As of 2004, she has been an editor at the radio station “Kul’tura”. Korshakova has been published in Teatral’naya Zhisn’, Ogonek, Afisha, Time Out, Vash Dosoog, Russkie Zhurnal and more.

Russian page: Ольга Коршакова

Victor Kosakovsky

Victor Kosakovsky

Victor Kosakovsky was born on July 19, 1961 in Leningrad. Kosakovsky graduated from the Institute for Screen Writers and Directors (VKSR) in 1989. In 1970, he began working at LSDF (currently known as the St. Petersburg Studio of Documentary Films). His documentary film “Losev” made its d?but in 1989. Kosakovsky is the author of many documentaries and has received many prizes at the Moscow Film Festival.

Russian page: Виктор Косаковский

Anton Kostylev

Anton Kostylev

Anton Kostylev was born in 1969 in Moscow. Kostylev attended medical school. He has been published since 2000, most notably in Kinopark, Harper’s Bazaar, Vedomost’, Vremya Novosti, and Gazeta.ru. Since 2003, Kostylev has been an editor at Gazeta.ru.

Russian page: Антон Костылев

Maria Kuvshinova

Maria Kuvshinova

Maria Kuvshinova was born on February 10, 1978 in Moscow. Kuvshinova graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 2000. She has worked as a correspondent for the arts and culture section for the newspaper Izvestiya, and as an editor for Premiere and In Style. Kuvshinova frequently contributes to Vedomosti, Time Out and Magiya Kino on the station “Kul’tura”. Kuvshinova is a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Мария Кувшинова

Sergei Kuznetsov

Sergei Kuznetsov

Sergei Kuznetsov was born in 1966 in Moscow. Kuznetsov graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in chemistry in 1988. He has worked as an international news editor for the magazine Premiere, a critic for Vremya MN, and writes a column called “Kino” for Playboy. Kuznetsov is the author of many internet projects: “Senoval”, “Monocle”, “Pegas Light”, and “Kul’turnie Gid”. As of 1999, Kuznetsov is the editor of the arts and cultural section for Kirill and Mefodii. Kuznetsov has written more than 600 essays and articles—he has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, S?ance, Om, Premiere, Khudozhestvennie Zhurnal, Inostrannaya Literatura, Ptooch, ELLE, Vogue, Segodnya, Kommersant-Daily, Vremya MN, and Vedomosti.

Russian page: Сергей Кузнецов

Pavel Kuznetsov

Pavel Kuznetsov

Pavel Kuznetsov was born in 1956 in Leningrad. Kuznetsov graduated from the Leningrad State University with a degree in philosophy in 1981. He has been published in Voprosi Philosophie, Novie Mir, Zvezda, Oktyabr’, Posev, Novaya Russkaya Kniga, Novie Mir Iskustva, Nezavisimoi Gazete, Russkoi Misli, and more. Kuznetsov has contributed to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance. He is the author of The Archeologist (London, OPI, 1992; St. Petersburg 2003) and the editor-in-chief of the journal Stupenie.

Russian page: Павел Кузнецов

Yan Levchenko

Yan Levchenko

Yan Levchenko was born in Tallin in 1974. Levchenko graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Russian language and literature in 1996 and has received a PhD. He taught semiotics at the University of Tartu from 1998 to 2000. Since 2003, he has taught the semiotics of art, analysis of literary texts, and early Russian and Soviet film at the European University in St. Petersburg. As of 2001, Levchenko has been a critic and author of over two hundred essays about contemporary literature, film, music, and pop-culture for the magazine Kriticheskaya Massa, Kommersant-Weekend, Novaya Russkaya Kniga, Time Out Petersburg, Hermitage, and on the websites “GlobaRus”, “Gazeta.ru”, “and “Russkii Zhurnal”. Levchenko is a member of the editorial board for Hermitage.

Russian page: Ян Левченко

Evgeniya Leonova

Evgeniya Leonova

Evgeniya Leonova was born in 1967 in Moscow. Leonova graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in geology in 1990. Leonova worked as a junior scientist at the Institute of Geology (RAN). She graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1999. From 1995-1997, Leonova worked as an editor for magazine Chital’nie Zal. She has worked as an editor for the company NTV-PROFIT starting in 1998. Since January of 2006, Leonova has been a member of the editorial board for the group “Parsinema”. She has been regularly published since 1997, most notably in Ekran i Szena, Obshaya Gazeta, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Vechernaya Moskva, Novie Izvestiya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Iskusvto Kino. In 2002, Leonova received the Gilden Award for best film critic.

Russian page: Евгения Леонова

Edward Limonov

Edward Limonov

Edward Limonov was born in 1943 in Dzerzhinsk. Towards the end of 1960s, Limonov became a part of the literary group “Konkret” and was published via Samizdat in a collection of poems called Kropotkin and Other Poems (1968). Limonov moved to America in 1974, but in 1983 moved to Paris (received French citizenship in 1987). He returned to Russia in 1992 and in 1994 he organized and created the National Bolshevik Party. Limonov is also the creater of the radical newspaper Limonka. Limonov was incarcerated for two years from 2001 to 2003 at the Lifortovsky Jail for possession of weapons. He is the author of It’s Me, Edichka (1976), Russian (1979, poems), Diary of a Failure (1982), Savenko the Teenager (1983), The Executioner (1986), We Had a Great Era (1988), The Great Mother of Love, The Murder of a Sentry (1994), My Antagonist (1996, poems), On Prisons (2004), The Triumph of Metaphysics (2003) and more.

Russian page: Эдуард Лимонов

Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei  Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa was born in 1964 in Belarus.  Loznitsa graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute with a degree in engineering and mathematics in 1987.  From 1987 to 1991, Loznitsa worked as a scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics while also working as a Japanese translator. He graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1997 with honors. As He worked as a director at the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio (SPSDF) but in 2001, Loznitsa immigrated with his family to Germany. He has shot three full-length films and six short documentary films. Loznitsa continues to work directing and writing screen plays.  

Russian page: Сергей Лозница

Samuel Lurje

Samuel  Lurje

Samuel Lurje was born in 1942 in Leningrad.  Lurje graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in philology in 1964. Lurje is a member of the Union of Writers, the St. Petersburg Union of Journists, and the Academy of Contemporary Russian Philology (Moscow). He worked at the magazine Neva from 1966-2002 and is the author of many works, most notably Pisarev the Writer (L., 1987), a collection of essays called Interpreting Faith (St. Petersburg, 1992), Conversations for the Dead (St. Petersburg 1997), Success of the Clairvoyant (St. Petersburg, 2002), The Ant Hill (St. Petersburg, 2002),"Letters of a Half-Dead Man (co-written with Dmitrii Tsilikin, St. Petersburg, 2004), Nothingness and Gazes (St. Petersburg, 2004). Lurje is also the author of over a thousand essays– he has been published in Nevskoi Vremya, Petersburg: Chas Pik, Delo, Novaya Gazeta v SpB, Zvezda, Neva, Znamya, Paris Parizh, Polden’ XXI Vek and more.  Lurje has received many awards, most notably an award from Zvezda in 1993, the P.A. Byzemsky Award in 1997, and an award from Neva in 2002.

Russian page: Самуил Лурье

Irina Ljubarskaja

Irina  Ljubarskaja

Irina Ljubarskaja was born on September 23, 1958 in Moscow. Ljubarskaja graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in philology in 1982.  Ljubarskaja has worked as a program editor at TzT, advertising editor for SouzTeatre, senior editor of the arts section for the magazine Stolitza, senior editor of the fashion section for the magazine Stas, editor of the arts section for Obshei Gazeti, as well as editor for Premiere. Ljubarskaja has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Novie Mir, Moskovskie Novosti, Kommersant-Daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Obshaya Gazeta and more.

Russian page: Ирина Любарская

Evgenii Majzel

Evgenii Majzel

Evgenii Majzel was born in 1973 in Leningrad. Majzel graduated from Herzen University (RGPU) with a degree in philology in 1995 and the Institute of Education in Munster (Germany) in 2000. He is the author of The Birth of Post-Humanity (St. Petersburg, 1998) and of several collections of poetry. From 1998 to 2001, Marjzel was a contributor to the newspaper Na Dne (St. Petersburg) and at the website “Art-Portal”. He has been published since 1998, most notably in Russkie Zhurnal, Khudozhestvennie Zhurnal, Iskusstvo Kino, Kriticheskaya Massa, Panorama TV, Krasnie, S?ance, Topos, and more. Majzel worked at at the radio station “Nemezkaya Volna” (“The German Wave”) from 2000 to 2002. From 2002-2003 he was the editor-in-chief at “Na Volne”. Majzel is currently a graduate student at the Russian Institute of Art History in St. Petersburg and teaches at the University of Film and Television.

Russian page: Евгений Майзель

Dmitrii Mamuila

Dmitrii Mamuila

Dmitrii Mamuila was born in 1969 in Tbilisi. Mamulia graduated from the Tbilisi State University with a degree in philology in 1993 and graduated from the Institute of Film Writers and Directors (VKSR) in 2007. He has taught at the Tbilisi State University and is widely published both in Germany and in Russia. In Russia, he has been published at Kommentarii, Oboinie Gvoznik v Grob Moskovskovo Romanticheskovo Kontzeptualizma, Text Only, and Vozdukh. Mamulia received the first-place award for the screen play of “What Anna Has and What Vera Has” (film studio “Adam and Eve”, directed by T. Babluani, 1998). He is the author of the collection of works called The Bird Inside (2006) as well as a number of screenplays: “Indescribable Associations” and “The Silence of the Sirens” (with S. Uryvaevim, 2006), “Moscow” which earned Mamulia the award from kinoteatra.doc for best movie in the Russian classical tradition (shared with B. Bakuradze in 2007).

Russian page: Дмитрий Мамулия

Igor Mantsov

Igor Mantsov

Igor Mantsov was born in 1966 in Tula. Mantsov graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Tula with a degree in technical cybernetics in 1988 and from 1991-1996 attended the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). After he graduated from VGIK, Mantsov was an editor for Kinovedcheskie Zapiski. Since 2002 he has been a film critic for Novie Mir and since 2004 he has contributed his criticisms to Russkie Zhurnal, S?ance, and Vzglyad. Mantsov has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Canadskii Passport, Modus, and Nezavisimoi Gazeta. Mantsov contributed to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. He has received the 1998 M. Levitan Gilden award for best film critic of Russia. Mantsov is currently a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Игорь Манцов

Evgenii Margolit

Evgenii Margolit

Evgenii Margolit was born in 1950 in Lugansk, Ukraine. Margolit graduated from the Pedagogical Institute of Lugansk with a degree in philology in 1971. Since 1989, Margolit has worked at the Institute of Film Studies (NIIK). He has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, S?ance and more. Margolit is the author of several books, most notably Soviet Film Studies: Fundamental Formation and Development (M, VZNUI, 1988) and for Retracted Films: From 1924 to 1953 (M. Duble-D, 1995, co-written with V. Shmirovim) which received a prize for best book on film of the year. Margolit also earned the 1998 Gilden Award and the 1999 KF Gosfilmfonda Russia Award.

Russian page: Евгений Марголит

Igor Maslennikov

Igor Maslennikov

Igor Maslennikov born on October 26, 1931 in Gorky (currently known as Nizhny Novgorod). Maslennikov graduated in 1954 from Leningrad State University with a degree in journalism and philology. He finished the Institute of Film Writers and Directors in 1967. Maslennikov worked as the editor-chief of the literature and theater broadcasting department for Leningrad-television and as a screen writer for both the Tovstonogov Theater and at Theater-on-Liteinom. From 1984-1987, Maslennikov was the artistic director of TO televised films; since 1987 he was the artistic director of the Third Artistic Union of the film studio Lenfilm. Maslennikov has been the president of the film studio Troitzkoi Most since 1990. As of 1996, he has been the chairman of graduate studies at the St. Petersburg University of Film and Television. Maslennikov is currently working at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).

Russian page: Игорь Масленников

Lidiya Maslova

Lidiya Maslova

Lidiya Maslova was born in 1971 in Moscow. Maslova graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in sociology in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Maslova worked at Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, afterwards taking a position as a senior correspondent for the newspaper Kommersant. She has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Chital’nie Zal, Kommersant, and Ekran i Szena. Maslova contributed essays to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. She received the 1997 Gilden Award for best film critic for her essays published in Ekran i Szena. Maslova is currently a critic for the newspaper Kommersant.

Russian page: Лидия Маслова

Victor Matizen

Victor Matizen

Victor Matizen was born on February 19, 1949 in Leningrad. Matizen graduated from the Novosibirsk State University with a degree in mathematics in 1970. He taught math to school children from 1970-1981. After this he attended the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), graduating in 1986. Matizen has worked at numerous magazines and newspapers including Kino-Glaz, Obozrevatel’, Ogonek, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, Obshaya Gazeta, as well as the television station REN-TV. He worked as a film critic for the newspaper Novie Izvestiya and in 2003 became president of the Gilden Awards. Matizen is the author of over 500 essays and interviews concerning cinema and television. He has been widely published, most notably in Iskusstvo Kino, Kino-Glaz, S?ance, Video-Ass, Premiere, Stolitza, Obozrevatel’, and Ogonek.

Russian page: Виктор Матизен

Aleksei Medvedev

Aleksei Medvedev

Aleksei Medvedev was born in 1969 in Moscow. Medvedev graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1994. He has worked for Channel One Television, Kul’tura channal and STS. Medvedev has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, Khudozhestvennaya Zhurnal, Vremya MN and more. He has translated over a hundred films. From 1999 to 2003, Medvedev worked as a film critic for the newspaper Vremya Novostei. As of 2004, he works on the show “Kino Obozrenie” (“Film Reviews”) and on the radio station Kul’tura with Zara Abdullaev. Medvedev has also been a member of the awards committee for MMKF since 2000.

Russian page: Алексей Медведев

Aleksandr Melihov

Aleksandr Melihov

Aleksandr Melihov was born in 1947 in the Voronezh Oblast. Melihov graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in mechanics and mathematics in 1969 and received his masters in physics and mathematics in 1974. During the perestroika era he earned extra money on the side by working a shuttle service to and from China, Greece and Turkey. Melihov has been published since 1979 in Literaturnaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Sever, Avrora, Neva, Zvezda, Novie Mir, Oktyabr, Druzhba Narodov, Novoe Vremya, Znamya, and S?ance. He is a member of the Russian PEN-center and a member of the Union of Russian Writers. Melihov has received the Nabokov Award for Writers in St. Petersburg in 1993 and an award from the St. Petersburg PEN-club.

Russian page: Александр Мелихов

Louis Menand

Louis Menand

Louis Menand was born in 1952 in Syracuse, New York. Menand is a writer, historian, publicist and a specialist on intellectual and cultural history of the late 19th and early 20th century America. He graduated from Pomona College and received his PhD from Columbia in 1980. Menand was a Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York before accepting a job at Harvard in 2003. Menand received the Pulitzer Prize and the Francis Parkman Award for The Metaphysical Club (2001). Menand regularly contributes to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.

Russian page: Луис Менанд

Tatyana Moskvina

Tatyana Moskvina

Tatyana Moskvina was born in 1958 in Leningrad. Moskvina graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy in 1981 and worked there from 1986-2000. Moskvina contributed to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance. She has been widely published, including in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Peterburgskii Teatral’nie Zhurnal, Moskovskie Novesti, Chas Pik, and Russkie Telegraph. Moskvina has directed several television shows: “Art Express”, “Speshite Videt’” (RTR-Petersburg, 2000-2003), “A Smisl?” (“What’s the Point?”, STO, St. Petersburg, 2004-2005) as well as several radio programs: “Russkie Skazki”, “Glavnie Vopros”, and “Osoboe Mnenie” (‘Echo Moscva’ in St. Petersburg, 2000-2004). Moskvina has written Praise is Bad for Chocolate (St. Petersburg, Limbus-Press, 2000), All Men are Death (St. Petersburg, Amfora, 2004) and the film script for the film “Don’t Make Biscuits in a Bad Mood” (with G. Nikulin, 2003). Moskvina received the 1998 Gilden Award for film critics of Russia and is a two-time Golden Pen of St. Petersburg Award winner for best journalism of the year (2000 and 2003).

Russian page: Татьяна Москвина

Constantine Murzenko

Constantine Murzenko

Constantine Murzenko was born in 1969 in Leningrad. Murzenko graduated from medical school with a degree in journalism. He has held a variety of jobs: working as a medical assistant at an emergency room, assistant director as LSDF, editor at TO “Russkoe Video”, editor and director at VGTRK Petersburg, DJ for the radio stations “Police”, “Katusha”, “Modern”, and screen writer and montage director at the film studio Techinvest. Murzenko wrote the screenplays for the films “Mama Don’t Mourn” (with M. Pezhemsky, 1997), “The Body Will Surrender to the Earth—Meanwhile, the Sub-Lieutenant Drinks” (with I. Makarov, 1998), “Mama Don’t Mourn – 2” (with M. Pezhemsky, 2005), “The Tin Plate” (with D. Neimandom, 2006), “April” (2001) and more. He has also appeared in the films “Concert for Rats” (1995), “Brother – 2” (2000), “In Traffic” (2002), “Sky. Airplane. Girl.” (2002), “4” (2004), “Goddess: How I Fell in Love” (2004), “The Night Patrol” (2004), “The Night Salesman” (2005) and more. Murzenko has been published in S?ance, Iskusstvo Leningrad, Vechernii Petersburg”, and “Smena”.

Russian page: Константин Мурзенко

Victoria Musvik

Victoria Musvik

Victoria Musvik was born in 1974 in Moscow. Musvik graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in philology and a PhD on the English Renaissance. Since 2001, Musvik works as a correspondent for Kommersant and is an editor of the section “cultural week” in the magazine Vlast’. She is currently an instructor as Moscow State University. Musvik has been published in Kommersant, Vlast’, Den’gi, Kommersant-Weekend, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and in professional journals of photography.

Russian page: Виктория Мусвик

Sergei Nikolaevich

Sergei Nikolaevich

Sergei Nikolaevich was born in 1958 in Moscow. Nikolaevich graduated from Russian Academy of Theater Arts. He has worked as the editor-in-chief of the magazines Sovetskii Teatr and Madam Figaro. Nikolaevich has worked at both Ogonek and Domovoi and as an editor at Elle. Nikolaevich is currently the editor-in-chief of Citizen K.

Russian page: Сергей Николаевич

Sergei Nosov

Sergei Nosov

Sergei Nosov was born in 1957 in Leningrad. Nosov graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Aircraft-Making in 1980 and the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in 1988. Nosov has worked a variety of jobs, from engineer to watchman to editor. A writer of prose and plays, he has been widely published. Nosov is the author of a compilation of short stories called Under the Stars (1990), several novels: Mistress of History (2000), A Member of Society Or: A Hungry Time (2001), Give me a Monkey (2001, 2003), The Crooks Flew Away (2005) and plays: “Don Pedro”, “Taboo, Actor”, “Berendei”, “John Lennon, Father”, “A Small World”, “Guards of the Ordinary”, “Behind the Glass” and others. Nosov has been published in Oktyabr’, Zvezda, Teatr, Sovremennaya Dramaturgiya, Gorodskaya Zebra, Sobaka.ru, and others. He is a columnist for Chas Pik and has written for Radio Russia. Nosoc received an award from Oktyabr’ (1999), the Russian Booker Award (2001) and National Bestseller award (2002).

Russian page: Сергей Носов

Valerii Panushkin

Valerii Panushkin

Valerii Panushkin was born in 1969 in Leningrad. Panushkin graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS); he wrote his dissertation on state sponsored holidays in Italy in the 15th century (but never defended it). Panushkin attended University of Florence for a year. In 1994, Panushkin wrote the screenplays for the two final episodes of “Matador”. He has worked at the magazine Matador. Panushkin has worked at Kommersant since 1996 (he is currently a special-correspondent). In 2005, Panushkin published a collection of essays and short stories called An Unnoticed Thing as well as the novel Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Prisoner of Silence.

Russian page: Валерий Панюшкин

Ludmila Petrushevskaya

Ludmila Petrushevskaya

Ludmila Petrushevskaya was born in 1938 in Moscow. Petrushevskaya graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1961. She has worked as a correspondent for numerous Moscow newspapers and has been an editor for several publishing companies. Petrushevskaya has been published since 1972; her first collection of stories was published in 1987. She is the author of numerous works and plays, most notably “Love”, “Chinzano”, “Smirnov’s Birthday”, “Music Lessons”, “A Cup of Water”, “Andante”, “Three Girls in Blue”, and “Columbine’s Apartment”. Petrushevskaya has also written the screen plays for several animated films: “Lymzi-Tiri-Bondi: Evil Magician” (1976), “Everybody’s a Numbskull” (1976), “The Stolen Sun” (1978), “The Tom-Cat Who Knew How to Sing” (1988) and others. Petrushevskaya received the Pushkin Award in 1991.

Russian page: Людмила Петрушевская

Andrei Plakhov

Andrei Plakhov

Andrei Plakhov was born in 1950 in Starokostiantyniv, Ukraine (USSR). Plakhov graduated from the Lviv University with a degree in mechanics and mathematics in 1972 and the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1978. From 1977-1988, Plakhov worked as the editor of the television section for the newspaper Pravda. From 1986-1990, Plakhov was the chairman of the conflict committee on artistic issues and the secretary for the Union of Soviet Composers. Since 1991, Plakhov has been a film critic for Kommersant-Daily. He has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Sovetskii Ekran, Kommersant-Daily, Segodnya, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Guardian, Film Bulletine and others. Plakhov is the director of the jury for the M. Levitin Award. Plakhov has contributed essays to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance. From 1987 to 1991 and since 1997, Plakhov has been the vice-president of FIPRESCI and the president since 2005.

Russian page: Андрей Плахов

Elena Plakhova

Elena Plakhova

Elena Plakhova was born in March 23, 1951 in Lviv, Ukraine. Plakhova graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1980. She has worked as an editor at the film studio Rus’ and NTV-PROFIT. She has been published in Isukustvo Kino, S?ance, Sovetskii Ekran, Kino (Riga), Ogonek, Itogi, Kommersant-Daily, Novaya Gazeta, and Moskovskie Novosti.

Russian page: Елена Плахова

Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Prigov

Dmitrii Aleksandrovich  Prigov

Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Prigov was born in 1940 in Moscow. Prigov graduated from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1966. From 1966 to 1974, Prigov worked as an architect in Moscow. Since 1975, he has been a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR. As of 1989, he has been a member of the Moscow Club of Avant-Garde (KLAVA). Prigov has written poetry since 1956—he has been published abroad, most notably in the American almanac Catalog, the French journal A-Ya, and in German journals. He has been published in Russian journals since 1989, most notably in Znamya, Ogonek, Mitin Zhurnal, Moskovskie Vestnik, Vestnik Novoi Literaturi, and Novoi Literaturnoe Obozrenie. Prigov has been a member of the Union of Writers of the USSR and since 1992, a member of the Pen Club. He has published over ten collections of poetry since 1990 as well as several novels: Live in Moscow: Manuscripts for Lawful Novels (2002), Only My Japan (2001) and a book of interviews called D.A. Prigov Speaks (2001). Prigov received the Pushkin’s Alfred Tepfer Award in 1993.

Russian page: Дмитрий Александрович Пригов

Zakhar Prilepin

Zakhar Prilepin

Zakhar Prilepin was born in 1975 in a village of the Ryazan Oblast. Prilepin graduated from the N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod. He has worked a wide variety of jobs, from truck driver to odd-job man at a cemetery to OMON captain. He took part of the battles fought in Chechnya. Prilepin has been published since 2003 and is the author of The Pathologies, Sankya, and Sin. His works have been translated into French, Chzech and Chinese. Prilepin received the National Bestseller award (for Sins in 2008), The Russian Booker Award (2006), BRF Breathe of Paris award, the Yasnaya Polyana award for the novel Sankya in excellence in contemporary literature (2007), laureate of the Chinese International Literary Prize for best international novel of the year for Sankya (2007), the Faithful Sons of Russia award for the novel Sin (2008), and more. Prilepin is currently a columnist for several Russian magazines and is a director-editor for Novoi Gazeti v Nizhnem Novgorode. He is an activist and member of Drugaya Rossiya (‘A Different Russia’) and member of the illegal National-Bolshevik party as well as co-chairman of the Russian organization “N.a R.O.D.”.

Russian page: Захар Прилепин

Marina Razbezhkina

Marina Razbezhkina

Marina Razbezhkina was born on July 17, 1948 in Kazan. Razbezkhina graduated from the University of Kazan with a degree in philology, going on to teach history and theory of visual aesthetics from 1992-1998. Razbezkhina has worked at the Kazan Film Studio as well as being a correspondent for Russian newspapers. From 2003-2004 Razbezhkina taught at the University of Natalie Nesterova (Moscow) and from 2004-2006 taught media arts at the Intern’us School. She is a member of the Union of Russian Film Makers, the Gilden unreleased film and television group, the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences (Nika Award) and a member of the European Academy of Cinema Arts.

Russian page: Марина Разбежкина

Aleksandr Rastorguev

Aleksandr Rastorguev

Aleksandr Rastorguev was born in 1971 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Rastorguev attended the Rostov State University where he studied philology and graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy (LGITMiK) in 1999. He was a director at GTRK “Don-TR” and was the editor of the television station NTV in St. Petersburg. Rastogruev organized the studio Kino in 2001. He is the author of many films, most notably “Mommy” (2001), “A Clean Thursday” (2003), and “A Wild, Wild Beach: The Heat of the Delicate” (2005). Rastorguev has received many awards: VTK TEFI-Region award (for “My Century” and “Your People”, 2000), The Laurel Branch Award (for “Mommy” “A Wild, Wild Beach: The Heat of the Delicate”, 2005), the main prize from OFDK Russia (“Mommy”, 2002). His work “A Wild, Wild Beach: The Heat of the Delicate” won the Special Prize MFDK, the White Elephant Award, and the Triumph Award.

Russian page: Александр Расторгуев

Mikhail Ratgauz

Mikhail Ratgauz

Mikhail Ratgauz was born in 1966 in Moscow. Ratgauz graduated from Moscow State University with a degree philology, specializing in German expressionism and Russian literature from the early 20th century, as well as attending the Hamburn School of Cinema. He has written about film extensively and has been published in Kommersant, Vedomosti, Iskusstvo Kino, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, S?ance, and Harper’s Bazaar. Ratguez has worked as a translator, translating from German several plays, most notably Thomas Hurliman’s “Sinhron” which was put on by the theater Oleg Tabakov. Since 2004, Ratguez has been an editor at Esquire and art-director of the project “Esquire’s Apartment”. As of 2008, Ratguez is the managing editor of openspace.ru.

Russian page: Михаил Ратгауз

Boris Roginskij

Boris Roginskij

Boris Roginskij was born in 1972 in Leningrad. Roginskij graduated from Herzen University with a degree in literature, writing his dissertation on the aesthetics of Alfred Hitchcock’s tragedies. He has worked at libraries in London, Munich, and New York, as a teacher at the St. Petersburg Classical Gymnasium (teaching English and Russian language and literature), and was the author of the column “Reader and Critic” for the magazine Zvezda. In 2003 he released a collection of essays with I. Bulatovsky called The Person Behind the Curtains and in 2006, co-wrote with M. Zhezhelneka The World of Alfred Hitchcock.

Russian page: Борис Рогинский

Xenia Rozhdestvenskaya

Xenia Rozhdestvenskaya

Rozhdestvenskaya was born in 1970 in Moscow. Rozhdestvenskaya graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in journalism in 1992. She has worked in the culture section for several periodicals (Izvestiya, Novaya Gazeta, Vedomosti, Gazeta.ru) and has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Premiere, Kinopark, TimeOut, Iskusstvo Kino, and Empire. As of 2007, Rozhdestvenskaya is an editor at film.ru.

Russian page: Ксения Рождественская

Irina Rubanova

Irina Rubanova

Irina Rubanov was born in July 21, 1933 in Moscow. Rubanova graduated from Moscow State University in 1956 with a degree in philology and received her PhD in 1966. Since 1962, Rubanova has worked at the Institute of Art History as well as working on a television program for the channel TzT about Polish film makers. Rubanova has been the chairman of the selection committee for KF Kinotavr in Sochi since 1992. From 1996-2005, Rubanova has been the director of ORKF in Sochi. She is the author of Cinema in Socialist Countries (1963), Polish Cinema: Films on War and Occupation 1945-1965 (1966), Conrad Wolf (1973), and Vladimir Vysotsky (1983). Rubanova has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski, Izvestiya, Kommersant and more.

Russian page: Ирина Рубанова

Natalya Rjazanceva

Natalya Rjazanceva

Natalya Rjazanceva was born on October 27, 1938 in Moscow. Rjazanceva graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1962. She was a lecturer at VKSR, but starting in 1996, taught at VGIK. Rjazanceva became an Honored Art Worker of the Soviet Union of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in 1987.

Russian page: Наталья Рязанцева

Dmitrii Saveljev

Dmitrii Saveljev

Dmitrii Saveljev was born in 1968 in Leningrad. Saveljev graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in philology in 1990. He has worked as an editor for S?ance and since 1998 he is the managing editor of S?ance. Saveljev contributed to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. From 2000-2002, Saveljev was the managing editor of Premiere and the managing editor of Kinoprocess. He was the editor of the culture section for Vogue in 2003 and editor of the program “Film in Detail” (STS) in 2004. Saveljev has been published in Iskusstvo Kino, S?ance, Premiere, Ekran, Sovetskii Ekran, Cinema, Videotop, Kino Park, Novoe Vremya, Ogonek, Stolitza, Stas, Playboy, Vogue, GQ, Expert, Afisha, Ezhenedel’nie Zhurnal, Ekran i Szena, Kul’tura, Izvestiya, Kommersant Daily, Vedomosti, Moskovskii Komsomoletz, Moskovsie Novosti, Novaya Gazeta, Vremya MN, Obshaya Gazeta and more. Saveljev received the Levitan Gilden award for film criticism in 1998.

Russian page: Дмитрий Савельев

Aleksandr Sekatskij

Aleksandr Sekatskij

Aleksandr Sekatskij was born in 1958 in Minsk. Sekatskij attended Leningrad State University from 1975-1977 but was expelled due to “anti-Soviet activities” (handing out leaflets and books). Sekatskij did go back and graduate with a degree in philosophy in 1987 and successfully defended his thesis on the ontology of lies in 1991. Sekatskij is currently a docent and a philosophy lecturer at Leningrad State University. He has been published in Chas Pik, Pari Match, Oktyabr, S?ance, and Stupenie. Sekatskij is the author of Seduction and Freedom (1999) Ontology of Lies (2000), Three Steps to the Side (2001), The Strength of an Exploding Wave (2005), Applied Metaphysics (2005), and The Deserter from the Island of Treasure (2006). He has also contributed to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context and is a member of the editorial board for S?ance. Sekatskij received the Best Critic Award for Boreya in 1995 and is a member of the selection committee for the Andrei Bely Award.

Russian page: Александр Секацкий

Avdotya Smirnova

Avdotya Smirnova

Avdotya Smirnova is a director and author of numerous essays and co-author (with Tatyana Tolstaya) of the television show “School of Gossip”. In the 1980s, Smirnova was one of the leaders of Novoi Kritiki. She has worked as an art-manager and took part in the New Artists performance. Smirnova has worked at Kommersant, Stolitza, and Afisha. As of 1992, Smirnova writes screen plays for films and documentaries. Smirnova directed Svyas in 2006.

Russian page: Авдотья Смирнова

Alena Solnceva

Alena Solnceva

Alena Solnceva was born in 1958 in Moscow. Solnceva graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts in 1980 and attended graduate school there as well, studying the history of Russian theater. From 1985-1992, Solneva worked at the magazine Teatr, working as a publicist and wring a column called “Press Studio on Nikitiskoi” about alternative art. From 1992-1995 she edited the politics and economics section of the newspaper Segodnya. From 1996-1998 Solnceva worked in the culture section for the journal Ogonek. Since 1998 she has worked in the newspaper Vremya MN while simultaneously working in television as the editor of the show “Film in Details”. Solnceva is currently the editor-in-chief of the talk show “Nothing Better”. Solnceva has been published in Teatral’naya Zhizn, Expert, and Vechernyaya Moskva.

Russian page: Алена Солнцева

Sergei Solovjev

Sergei Solovjev

Sergei Solovjev was born on August 25, 1944 in the Republic of Karelia of the Soviet Union. Solovjev graduated the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1968. He began working as director-producer at the film studio Mosfilm in 1968, working as an instructor at VGIK in 1986, and as a director at the film studio Kroog in 1987. From 1994 to 1997, Solovjev served as the chairman of SK Russia. From 1994 to 1998, he was the president of MKF in Moscow and since 2002, the president of MF Dukh Ognya (Soul of the Fire). In 1989, Solovjev was made People’s Artist of the Russian Soviet Deferative Socialist Republic. Solovjev is the author of the films “Igor Bulichev and Others”, “100 Days After Childhood”, “Someone Else’s White and the Speckled”, “Assa”, “Anna Karenina” and more.

Russian page: Сергей Соловьев

Vasilii Stapanov

Vasilii Stapanov

Vasilii Stapanov was born in 1981 in Leningrad. Stapanov graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in philology (specialty: Finno-Ugric philology) in 2003. He was the editor of a column called “Kino” in the magazine Calendar from 2003 to 2005. From 2005-2006, Stapanov was the managing editor of Time Out Petersburg, editor of the announcements section and correspondent for Pyatogo Channel. Stepanov has been the managing editor of S?ance since 2006. He received the 2007 M. Levitan Gilden award for best film critic. Stepanov is a member of the editorial board for S?ance.

Russian page: Василий Степанов

Yana Taran

Yana Taran

Yana Taran was born in 1978 in Sverdlovsk. Taran graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 2000. From 2001-2002, she was an editor at the film information agency InterMedia. Since 2005, Taran has been a Moscow representative for the journal S?ance.

Russian page: Яна Таран

Aleksei Tarhanov

Aleksei Tarhanov

Aleksei Tarhanov was born in 1959 in Gudauta. Tarhanov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1983. He has worked at the Institute of Architecture Theory as well as editor of the journal Dekorativnoe Iskusstvo USSR. Tarhanov became the editor of the culture section for Kommersant Daily in 1993. He is the author of many essays and books and has been published in the USSR, Switzerland, England, Germany, Bulgaria and the United States.

Russian page: Алексей Тарханов

Dmitrii Tkachev

Dmitrii Tkachev

Dmitrii Tkachev was born in Moscow in 1974. Tkachev graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in philosophy in 1996. He has been published in MK-Bul’var, Moskovskii Komsomeltz, Playboy, Vash Dosug, Play, Harper’s Bazaar and more. Tkachev was the literature editor at Wallpaper in 2005 and worked at a PR agency dealing with oil extraction in the far north in 2006. Tkachev is currently an editor at Esquire.

Russian page: Дмитрий Ткачёв

Natalia Trauberg

Natalia Trauberg

Natalia Trauberg was born on July 5, 1928 in Leningrad. Trauberg graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in German philology in 1949. Trauberg has lived in Moscow since 1953 but in the ‘60s and 80’s she lived in Vilnius, where Trauberg became Sister Ioannoi, a tertiary of the Dominican order. Trauberg works as a translator, translating over three hundred Spanish, Portugese, English, French, and Italian works. Most notably, she has translated Eug?ne Ionesco, Luigi Pirandello, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Graham Greene, and Cyril Parkinson. In the early 1960s, Trauberg translated Gilbert Keith Chesterton and Clive Staples Lewis via samizdat—after the perestroika, these where officially published and Trauberg was able to freely translate some of her favorite authors, including Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, Paul Gallico, and Dorothy Leigh Sayers. She is the author of the prefaces to many translated works and is the author of essays for the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Encyclopedia of Literature, Encyclopedia of Catholicism and is published in ZnamyaZnamya, Neprikosnovennie Zapas, Soglasie, Istina v Zhisne, Druzhba Narodov, Kontinent, S?ance, Foma, and Novie Mir. Trauberg is a member of the Russian Libraries Society, the Chesterton Institute in Great Britain, and the editorial board for the magazine Inostrannaya Literatura. Trauberg has taught at the Public Orthodox University founded by the archpriest A. Menem, the College of Catholic Theology founded by Fom Akvinsky and at the Institute of Biblical Theology. Natalia Trauberg passed away on April 1, 2008.

Russian page: Наталья Трауберг

Mikhail Trofimenkov

Mikhail Trofimenkov

Mikhail Trofimenkov was born in 1966 in Leningrad. Trofimenkov graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in art history in 1988 and St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy in 1992. Trofimenkov taught at the University of Metza from 1997 to 1999. Since 2000, he has been a columnist for Kommersant. Trofimenkov is the author of over 2,000 essays and books, most notably Sergei Dovlatov: The Last Hero (2003), The Film Guide Book (2003, 2nd edition, 2004), and has contributed to Sokurov (1994) and to The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context. Trofimenkov is a member of the editorial board for S?ance. Previously, he has been a member of the jury for the international film festival in St. Petersburg, Angers, and Geneva. He is a director of the international festival Kinotavr and is one of the founders of the international film festival Liki Lubvi (Moscow, 1995-1996). Trofimenkov is a three-time Best Film Critic of the City, also receiving the SK Russia award (1994), the White Pillar award at the Festival of Archives (1999) and the Gilden Film Critic Award (2004).

Russian page: Михаил Трофименков

Elena Fanajlova

Elena Fanajlova

Elena Fanajlova was born in 1962 in the Voronezh Oblast. Fanajlova has worked as doctor, teacher, correspondent for the radio show Svoboda”, managing the daily program “Svoboda v Klubakh, author of the show “Far from Moscow: The Culture, City, and People of the Former Empire”. Fanajlova is also a poet—she is the author of four collections of poetry, and the laureate of the Andrei Bely Award (1999) and first place for the Moskovskii Schet Award (2003). As an essayist and critic, Fanajlova has been published in Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrevanie, Kriticheskaya Massa, Znamya, Knizshnoe Obozrenie and more.

Russian page: Елена Фанайлова

Yuri Hanjutin

Yuri Hanjutin

Yuri Hanjutin was born on December 27, 1929. Hanjutin graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts in 1952. He is the author of many essays on cinema and has been published since 1950. Hanjutin is the author of Segei Bondarchuk (1962), A Warning from the Past (1968), Contemporary Film Documentaries (1970), The Reality of Fantasy Worlds (1977), Sergei Jutkevitsch (co-written with M. Turovsky, 1968) and more. Hanjutin is also the screenwriter for the films Ordinary Fascism (with M. Romm and M. Turovsky, 1965), About Our Theater (documentary, co-written with M. Turovsky, 1976), and more. Hanjutin passed away Junary 23, 1978.

Russian page: Юрий Ханютин

Sebastian Hafner

Sebastian Hafner

Sebastian Hafner— real name Raymond Pretzel—was born in 1907 in Berlin and immigrated to England in 1938. He has worked as a journalist and worked for The Observer. Hafner returned to German in 1954 and worked first for the newspaper Vel’t and then for the magazine Shtern. Hafter published several historical essays that became best sellers: “Churchill”, “Notes on Hitler”, and “From Bismarck to Hitler”. Hafner died in 1999.

Russian page: Себастьян Хафнер

Veronica Hlebnikova

Veronica Hlebnikova

Veronica Hlebnikova was born in 1971 in Samarkand. She graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1994. Hlebnikova has worked as an editor and screenwriter for the television channel “NTV” and “NTV Plus”. From 1999-2000, Hlebnikova worked as a columnist for the newspaper Vesti.Ru and from 2001-2007, editor at Ozon.ru. As of 2009, she works as a columnist at the newspaper Gazeta and as a curator for film screenings for contemporary European art exhibitions. Hlebnikov contributed essays to the encyclopedias The First Hundred Years of Cinema and The Contemporary History of Film From the Motherland. 1986 – 2000. Film and its Context (S?ance, 2001-2004).

Russian page: Вероника Хлебникова

Dmitrii Zilikin

Dmitrii Zilikin

Dmitrii Zilikin was born in Leningrad in 1961. He graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy (LGITMiK) in 1982. Zilikin worked as an actor at the Leningrad Theater of Comedy from 1984 to 1992. From 1992 to 2004, he worked extensively at the newspaper Chas Pik (as well at Peterburgskii Chas Pik), working as a correspondent, special correspondent, and editor of the arts and culture sections. From 2001 to 2003, Zilikin worked as an author for the Russian television show “Art Expert” and “Hurry and See”. Zilikin is currently the editor-in-chief at the magazine Firmennie. He has been published in the magazines Peterburgskii Teatral’nie Zhurnal, Vogue, Elle, Gorod, and in the newspapers Kommersant, Mosckovskie Novosti, Vremya Novosti, Vedomosti. He is the author of Questions Below the Belt (2002) and Letters of a Half-Dead Man (2004, co-written with S. A. Lur’e). Zilikin is the laureate of the Golden Feather-2001 Award.

Russian page: Дмитрий Циликин