In 1939, Winston Churchill coined a phrase that has enthralled Russia watchers ever since. “Russia,” he said, “is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
Our founding of Riddle represents not only a recognition of Russia’s complexity, but also a resolution to seek out answers. After all, riddles have solutions; mysteries can be explained; and the enigma code was ultimately decrypted.
By bringing together a diverse community of experts, we aim to provide independent, balanced analysis on Russia without fear or favour. While many in our community are experienced international Russia watchers, we also provide a platform for a new generation of analysts from all corners of Russia studies, and to run it in both English and Russian.
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Editorial Director at Riddle
Editorial director at Riddle, political analyst. 2015-2018 – Managing editor at Intersection. 2014-2018 – Analyst at Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. Specialist in International Relations, Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management. Visiting Expert at Kennan Institute in 2017.
Tweets at @ABarbashin
Research Associate, IOS Regensburg
Research Associate, IOS Regensburg. Member of the Editorial Board, Riddle. 2015-2018 – member of the Editorial Board, Intersection. Political scientist, PhD. Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg. Editor, Russland-Analysen. Non-resident associate fellow, International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, National Research University “Higher School of Economics,” Moscow, and Research Center for East European Studies, University of Bremen.
Tweets at @fa_burkhardt
Editor-in-Chief at Riddle
Editor-in-Chief at Riddle, political analyst. Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Kennan Institute (2019). 2015-2018 – Senior Editor at Intersection, Analyst at Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. Alumni of Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe.
Tweets at @IrisovaOlga
Editor of the English edition of Riddle
Editor of the English edition of Riddle. 2017-2018 – Editor of the English edition of Intersection. From 2014 to 2016, Martyn-Hemphill was the editor-in-chief of The Baltic Times. His reporting has appeared in The Moscow Times, The Kyiv Post, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The International New York Times, The Irish Times, The Boston Globe, Prospect Magazine, Politico Europe.
Tweets at @richardmhemp
Executive editor at The American Interest
Executive Editor at The American Interest, a publication started in 2005 by Francis Fukuyama, Josef Joffe, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Eliot Cohen. Damir holds an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.
Tweets at @dmarusic
Financial analyst. Anchor, “Money” talkshow at TV Rain channel. MSc in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (2002) and a Master’s in Finance from the New Economic School (2013). Tweets at @tema57
Editor at Inliberty, editor-in-chief at The Russia File
Editor at Inliberty, editor-in-chief at the Russiafile. Editor-at-Large of Vedomosti, an independent Russian daily. 2003-2015 – editorial page editor, Vedomosti. He has been a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times since the fall of 2013.
Tweets at: @russiafiles
Political scientist. 2015-2016 – Researcher in a Research Link between the Higher School of Economics, Moscow and the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen. 2013 – Visiting researcher at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna.
Junior Research Fellow at Center for Comparative Governance Studies, HSE. Public Policy PhD candidate, Central European University.
Freelance interpreter and translator. She holds an MA in English, and is working on her PhD in Sociology.
Certified translator & interpreter, sociologist. Currently working on her PhD on research methodology. Member of the European Social Survey team in Poland.
Intern at Riddle. B.A. graduate from George Mason University (Virginia, USA), majored in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Politics.
First year MA student in Russian Studies at the University of Helsinki
Founding member and senior research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, author of a number of books, founder of Financial Times Magazine.
Co-founder and director of the Moscow School of Civic Education (formerly MSPS), a Chevalier of the Order of the British Empire, laureate of the Hiroshima Foundation Awards for Peace and Culture for the essential contribution to the development of cultural dialogue, understanding and peacemaking throughout the world.
Co-founder and head of the publishing program of the Moscow School of Civic Education (formerly MSPS), specialist in the history of philosophy and philosophy of history, the editor-in-chief of the journal “Obschaya Tetrad’”.
Chair of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation 1992-2011
Associate Director and research professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University, Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia), and Director of GW’s Central Asia Program.
Head of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
DR. Daniel S. Hamilton
Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Director of the Program “Europe, the United States and World Order” at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
James Sherr is Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute/ICDS and Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).