Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowship

Elena Kostyuchenko, 2018 Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow

The Harriman Institute is pleased to welcome Elena Kostyuchenko as its 2018 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellow. Ms. Kostyuchenko, Special Correspondent with Novaya Gazeta in Russia, will be in residence at the Harriman Institute in March and April.  

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 MondeTIMEThe 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


Previous Fellows

2017: Irina Malkova is Editor-in-Chief of the The Bell, a new media project in Russia. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of the online Russian magazine Republic. Ms. Malkova began her professional career at Vedomosti, a preeminent business daily in Moscow. She worked there first in the areas of marketing and distribution and then as one of the paper’s leading reporters on the oil and gas sector. After five years with Vedomosti, she was offered a position at Forbes Russia as an editor. She later served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and head of the business reporting unit at RosBusinessConsulting (RBC), one of the largest media holdings in Russia. While at RBC, she also authored several investigative journalism pieces.


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 MondeTIMEThe New York TimesVolkskrantDer SpiegelThe GuardianThe TimesLa RepubblicaNovaya 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.”
2014: Olesya Gerasimenko, special correspondent at the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant. During her time in New York, Ms. Gerasimenko focused on a number of projects, including a comparison between Russian and U.S. immigration problems; the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes; and a comparison of the arrests and trials of the May 6, 2012 Boltnaya Square protestors in Russia and those of the Occupy protestors in the United States.
2013: Svetlana Reiter, a correspondent for the cultural magazine Bolshoi Gorod, special correspondent for Esquire Russia and numerous other magazines and online publications. Reiter's publications focus on medical, social, and, most recently, political topics. Click here to read Reiter's piece in the Harriman Magazine.



2012: Oleg Kashin, formerly a special correspondent and blogger for the Russian daily newspaper and media company Kommersant. Kashin is well known for his bold reporting on issues related to Russian politics and business. Kashin's visit included a presentation on the 2012 Russian presidential election and a screening of Putin's Kiss, a documentary which featured Kashin and followed the political youth organization Nashi.



Ekaterina Kronhaus2011: Ekaterina Kronhaus, Bolshoi Gorod. Ms. Kronhaus has extensive experience in both television and print media. She is  especially known for her insightful commentaries and empathetic articles addressing pressing social issues.