Simon Cosgrove

Simon Cosgrove, CEO of Rights in Russia, lives in Somerset in the United Kingdom. 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 15 years' experience working on grantmaking programmes supporting human rights organizations in Russia – for five years as Team Leader of the European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights at the Delegation of the European Commission in Moscow, and subsequently for more than 10 years as human rights programme officer for the Russian Federation with the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2003-2010; 2012-2016). He has a PhD in Russian history from UCL-School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London (1997). Simon 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 among his recent publications are ‘Optimism of the will: defending human rights in Russia,’ (openDemocracy, 10 December 2010) and ‘Perspective: Twenty Years Later, Russians’ Rights Are Still Imperilled’ (Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, October 2011).