Vera Kichanova


I got a diploma in Journalism from Moscow State University. My professional experience includes working for the Voice of America and the Russian Democratic Coalition. Besides, I am regular columnist in English and Russian and a commentator for Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal on subjects of freedom of speech, human rights and Russia’s democratic movement.

In 2012, I was elected as a member of the Municipal Council in my home district in Moscow becoming one of the youngest elected officials in the country, at the age of 20. Consequently, I was honoured with the Democracy Award by the US National Endowment for Democracy.

Currently, I work as Editor-in-chief at Kiev-based, an educational online media outlet and think tank focusing on post-Soviet countries. The goal of my current project is to foster dialogue between Russian and Ukrainian young generations despite uneasy relations between the two countries.

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