People

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Advisors

PAVEL KHODORKOVSKY, president

Pavel Khodorkovsky is the president of the Institute of Modern Russia, an organization he founded to continue the work his father Mikhail Khodorkovsky began through the Open Russia Foundation. The Institute of Modern Russia seeks to promote the development of civil society in Russia by reinforcing the rule of law and strengthening relationships between Russia and other countries. Since his father’s arrest in 2003, Khodorkovsky has been unable to return to Russia for fear of political persecution and actions against him aimed at pressuring his father to abandon his legal battle.

Khodorkovsky holds a business administration degree from Babson College. In 2011, he co-founded Enertiv, a cleantech energy monitoring company.

 

LIDIYA DUKHOVICH, director

Lidiya Dukhovich, the Director of the Institute of Modern Russia, has previously served as In-House Counsel for the Institute, after four years with the New York City Council. She is admitted to practice law and is an active member of the Bar in the States of New York, New Jersey and Florida.

MARIA LOGAN, secretary and treasurer

Maria Logan, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, received her master’s degree in International Law from the American University and her MBA from Georgetown University. From 2001 to 2008, Logan was part of the litigation practice group at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. In 2008, she formed her own consultancy practice focusing on Russia and international business and legal affairs.

LYUDMILA ALEXEEVA

Chairwoman of Moscow Helsinki Group, the leading Russian human rights organization. In the 1980’s, she was one of the original Soviet-era dissidents who spoke out against repression. From 1999 to 2004, she served as President of the International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights, an umbrella group of human rights organizations from 38 countries.

PAVEL KHODORKOVSKY

Pavel Khodorkovsky is the president of the Institute of Modern Russia, an organization he founded to continue the work his father Mikhail Khodorkovsky began through the Open Russia Foundation. The Institute of Modern Russia seeks to promote the development of civil society in Russia by reinforcing the rule of law and strengthening relationships between Russia and other countries. Since his father’s arrest in 2003, Khodorkovsky has been unable to return to Russia for fear of political persecution and actions against him aimed at pressuring his father to abandon his legal battle. Khodorkovsky holds a business administration degree from Babson College.

ROBERT LOUIS ARSENAULT, JR.

President of International League for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization based in New York. For 60 years this organization has been raising human rights issues and cases before the UN and other intergovernmental organizations, helping to amplify their voices and coordinate strategies for effective human-rights protection.

MARGERY KRAUS

Founder and executive officer of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, and specializing in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals.

LIDIYA DUKHOVICH

Lidiya Dukhovich, the Director of the Institute of Modern Russia, has previously served as In-House Counsel for the Institute, after four years with the New York City Council. She is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, with admission to the Florida Bar pending.

BORIS BRUK

An expert on democratic governance, organizational development in the public sector, Russian and U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Dr. Bruk previously worked as an advisor on international cooperation for the Saratov regional administration in Russia. He was involved, either as an expert or as a coordinator, in a number of projects with participation of the World Bank, the European Commission, and the UK Department for International Development. He has conducted large-scale research for the Commonwealth of Virginia, completed an internship with the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered with the American Red Cross. Boris Bruk holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech, as well as an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Wyoming, and an M.P.A. from Virginia Tech.

VLADIMIR V. KARA-MURZA

IMR Senior Policy Advisor. Kara-Murza is the author of Reform or Revolution: The Quest for Responsible Government in the First Russian State Duma (Moscow 2011), and a contributor to Russia’s Choices. The Duma Elections and After (London 2003) and Russian Liberalism: Ideas and People (Moscow 2007). In 2005, he produced They Chose Freedom, a television documentary on dissent in the Soviet Union. From 2004 to 2012, he served as the Washington bureau chief of RTVi television, and was previously a correspondent for Novye Izvestia and Kommersant newspapers, and editor-in-chief of the Russian Investment Review. Kara-Murza was a candidate for the Russian parliament in 2003, and has served as an advisor to Duma opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (2000–03), and as campaign chairman for presidential candidate Vladimir Bukovsky (2007–08). He is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition, as well as of the federal council of the Republican Party of Russia–People's Freedom Party and of Solidarity movement. His op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the National Post, and World Affairs. Vladimir Kara-Murza holds an M.A. degree in history from Cambridge University, England.

OLGA KHVOSTUNOVA

IMR Policy Advisor and Research Fellow, Acting Editor-in-Chief of imrussia.org. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Khvostunova conducted a research project at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. She remained affiliated with CU till 2013. Previously, she worked as an Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), and as a contributing editor at Kommersant Publishing House. Her areas of expertise include the political linguistics, media communications, think tanks, Russian politics and energy. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Communications) from MSU.

EKATERINA MISHINA

A Russian lawyer who graduated from the Moscow State University Law School. Mishina holds a doctorate in law; she worked for the Constitutional Court of Russia, then headed Mostelecom's legal department. From 2002-2005 she took part in the Law-Making and Regional Journalism projects of the Open Russia Foundation, and from 2007-2010, she worked on two large-scale projects for the INDEM (“Information Science for Democracy”) Foundation. In the capacity of either general manager or legal expert, she participated in several projects for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the European Union and USAID. She was a visiting scholar at New York University from 1990-1991, had internships in the U.S. Congress and Washington, D.C. law offices of Gardner, Carton & Douglas in 1993, and took part in the U.S. Department of State’s “U.S.-Russia Experts Forum” in 2006. Since 2005 she works as an Assistant Professor for the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow where she teaches comparative constitutional law and specifics of the reforms in the former Soviet Union. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.

ANDREI PIONTKOVSKY

Russian scientist, political writer and analyst. Senior Fellow at the Institute for System Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the Mathematics Department of Moscow State University and has published more than 100 scientific papers on applied mathematics. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the International Writers Association's PEN Club. He has written several books on the Putin presidency in Russia, including his most recent, Another Look Into Putin's Soul. Dr. Piontkovsky is a regular contributor to Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Moscow Times magazine, as well as online media Grani.ru and Transitions Online. He is also a regular political commentator for the BBC World Service and Radio Liberty in Moscow.

RICHARD SAKWA

Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. A recognized expert in the United Kingdom in the field of Russian and Eastern European politics.He has published extensively on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs, and has written and edited several books and articles on the subject, including Putin: Russia’s Choice, Chechnya: From Past to Future, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union: 1917-1991 (Sources in History). Before moving to Kent he lectured at the University of Essex and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prof. Sakwa is an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Law and Public Policy in Moscow, chair of the Advisory Board of the Eurasian Political Studies Network and, since September 2002, a member of Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

TATYANA STANOVAYA

Tatiana Stanovaya is a political analyst with over 15 years of experience in the field of Russian and foreign politics. Having graduated from the International Independent Eco-Politological University with a degree in Politology, as well as acquiring a degree in Public Administration from Moscow State University, she had authored more than 2,000 articles with a focus on political parties, elections, interest groups within the Kremlin, and the "gas wars' in the post-soviet space (published on Politcom.ru, RIA Novosti and Slon.ru.) Ms Stanovaya currently heads the Analytics Department of the Center for Political Technologies in Moscow. She also represents the CPT in France, specializing in reputation management, quality sociological research, public relations for political agents and business. She also blogs for her own website stanovaya.com.

ALEXANDER YANOV

A historian studying the Russian opposition from the very start of its existence and a prominent expert in the field of Russian nationalism, Prof. Yanov taught at the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the City University of New York. Author of twenty books translated into many languages, including After Yeltsin: Weimar Russia? (1995). Dr. Yanov gave the name to an entire branch of historical science in the West. From 2007 to 2009, New Chronograph Publishing issued Prof. Yanov’s final fundamental three-volume research, Russia and Europe: 1492–1921.