Vera Ammer, translator, lives in Euskirchen, Germany and is a member of the Board of the International Memorial Society. Since the 1970s Vera has been an active participation in human right organizations, at present in Amnesty International and MEMORIAL Deutschland.
Nominated member: Ales Bialiatski is a Belarusian human rights defender, founding member (in 1996) and head of Viasna Human Rights Centre. He is the vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights. Bialiatski has received the Homo Homini Award and the Per Anger Prize for his efforts in promoting human rights and democracy. He was arrested by Belarusian authorities on tax evasion charges on 4 August 2011 and sentenced to 4.5 years in
prison on 24 November.
Noah Birksted-Breen founded and runs Sputnik Theatre Company which is dedicated to bringing contemporary Russian plays to the UK. Sputnik has premiered eight new Russian plays in the UK in their first English language translations. In 2010, Sputnik launched the Russian Theatre Festival in association with Soho Theatre.
Bill Bowring is Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he teaches public international law, human rights and minority rights. In 2003 he founded and is now Chair of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC).
Robert Chandler’s translations from Russian include Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate, Everything Flows and The Road, Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Aleksander Pushkin’s Dubrovsky and The Captain’s Daughter. For the last six years he has taught part-time at Queen Mary, University of London, and he has for many years been a committee member of the Pushkin Club (London).
Martin Dewhirst lectured on Russian literature and history at the University of Glasgow from 1964 until 2000. He is an expert on Russian Samizdat and on the Tsarist, Soviet and neoSoviet systems of censorship. Of late he has been working to improve the conditions in which people deprived of liberty in Russia are held.
Peter Franck works as a judge at the Berlin Court of Appeal (Kammergericht). From 1999 until 2003 he was a member of the board of Amnesty’s German Section. Since the beginning of the nineties he has been responsible for the work of the German Section on Russia.
Hanno Gundert has been managing director of n-ost, the Berlin-based network for reporting on Eastern Europe, since January 2010. From 2002 until 2006, he was managing director of the German-Russian Exchange St. Petersburg.
Mary McAuley lives in London and is an Associate of the International Centre for Prison Studies.
Peter Reddaway is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.
Susan Richards is Founder Editor of openDemocracy Russia, part of http://www.opendemocracy.net/, which she co-founded in 2001. She lives in London.
Jens Siegert lives in Moscow and is director of the Moscow office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, a foundation closely linked to the German Green Party.
Stephen Shenfield is a British-born specialist on politics and society in Russia and the post-Soviet region. He is the author of The Nuclear Predicament: Explorations in Soviet Ideology (Routledge and the Royal Institute for International Affairs, 1987) and Russian Fascism: Traditions, Tendencies, Movements (M.E. Sharpe, 2001). For several years he produced the Research and Analytical Supplement to Johnson’s Russia List (archive at cdi.org/russia/johnson/jrl-ras.cfm). His website can be viewed here.
Andreas Umland is senior lecturer at Kyiv’s Mohyla Academy with the German Academic Exchange Service. He is administrator of the webarchive and biweekly bulletin “Russian Nationalism” at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/russian_nationalism/.