Olesya Gerasimenko, 2014 Klebnikov Fellow

Monday, January 13, 2014
The Harriman Institute is excited to announce the selection of Olesya Gerasimenko, Special Correspondent at Kommersant, as the 2014 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow.  Ms. Gerasimenko was chosen from a truly exceptional pool of nominees, and will be in residence at the Harriman Institute in February 2014.

Ms. Gerasimenko has been with Kommersant for two years, and last year became a special correspondent.  A graduate of Moscow State University’s Faculty of Philology, Ms. Gerasimenko previously wrote for Gazeta.ru, covering emergencies, criminal and judicial chronicles.  Her pieces include reports on the 2009 Nevsky Express bombing and 2010 Moscow Metro bombings.  Her current beats at Kommersant are nationalism, extremism, regionalism, and political opposition.  This year she published her book Ununited Russia, which explores social and economic separatism through research on six main regions, eighteen cities, and dozens of characters.  You can follow Ms. Gerasimenko on Kommersant.ru.

During her time in New York, Ms. Gerasimenko plans to focus on a number of projects, including a comparison between Russian and U.S. immigration problems, specifically between the cities of New York and Moscow; the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes and efforts to prevent hate crime; and a comparison of the arrests and trials of the May 6th protesters with those of Occupy protesters.