Simon Cosgrove

Simon Cosgrove, who lives in Somerset in the United Kingdom, led the work of Rights in Russia for eight years from its founding until 19 January 2018. At the end of 2009 he initiated the founding of Rights in Russia, which was set up on 19 January 2010 (Rights in Russia functioned as an unregistered charity from then until 14 May 2012, when it registered with the UK Charity Commission). Simon has many years' experience working on grantmaking programmes supporting human rights organizations in Russia. He has a PhD in Russian history from UCL and has also worked as a researcher for Amnesty International. Earlier in his career he trained as a high school teacher, working in schools in London and rural Zimbabwe. He is the author of Russian Nationalism and the Politics of Soviet Literature: the Case of Nash Sovremennik 1981-91 (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke & New York, 2004) and numerous articles and book reviews.