Elena Kostyuchenko, 2018 Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow
Ms. Kostyuchenko has reported extensively about conflicts, protests, and LGBT rights. In addition to her work at Novaya Gazeta, she has been a lecturer on journalism ethics at International University in Moscow and served as correspondent and editor at the newspaper Severny Krai.
Ms. Kostyuchenko studied journalism at Moscow State University from 2004-2010.
About the Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship
The Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Paul Klebnikov and the Paul Klebnikov Fund. The Fellowship honors the memory of Paul Klebnikov, the American journalist and editor of Forbes Russia who was assassinated in Moscow in 2004.
The Fellowship helps bring to the Harriman Institute highly qualified Russian journalists and civil society professionals who are known for their independence, integrity, and objectivity. The Institute arranges an extensive visit with experts, policymakers, and professionals in New York to benefit the fellows and their work in Russia.
Previous Fellows have included: Irina Malkova, Editor-in-Chief of The Bell; Pavel Kanygin, a reporter with Novaya Gazeta; Maria Turchenkova, a freelance photojournalist who has worked with Le Monde, TIME, The New York Times, Novaya Gazeta, and others; Olesya Gerasimenko, a special correspondent at Kommersant; Svetlana Reiter, a correspondent for the cultural magazine Bolshoi Gorod and a special correspondent for Esquire Russia; Oleg Kashin, a prominent political journalist who was featured in the film Putin’s Kiss; and Ekaterina Kronhaus, a journalist who runs a leading humor and commentary journal, Big City (Bolshoi Gorod).
Tribute Video to Paul Klebnikov (in Russian) by Forbes Russia
2016: Pavel Kanygin began his professional career at the Moscow daily Moskovskyi Komsomolets and later joined the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta as a staff writer. Among other reporting assignments, he has served as his newspaper’s special envoy in Kiev, Crimea, Odessa and Donbas. While at Harriman, Mr. Kanygin analyzed aspects of the U.S. presidential election campaign and participated on a joint Harriman Institute-Columbia Journalism School panel entitled, "Image Crafting and the Role of the Media in Presidential Campaigns in the U.S. and Russia."
2015: Maria Turchenkova, a freelance photojournalist who has reported extensively from Ukraine and the North Caucasus. Ms. Turchenkova was the fellowship's first photojournalist, and her thought provoking public panel, photo exhibits and multimedia project presented on the Columbia University campus (with much of her work during the fellowship coordinated with Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism), expanded the dimensions of the fellowship in innovative ways. Ms. Turchenkova’s work has appeared in Le Monde, TIME, The New York Times, Volkskrant, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, The Times, La Repubblica, Novaya Gazeta and others. In 2013, she was a finalist of Getty Images’ Emerging Talent. In 2014, Turchenkova was selected as “PDN’s [Photo District News] 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.”