Sarah Hurst is creator and editor of X Soviet. Sarah has a degree in Russian Language & Literature and History from the University of Birmingham and is an author, translator and intercultural trainer. In 1998 she led a
campaign to boycott the chess Olympiad in Elista in protest at the murder of independent newspaper editor Larisa Yudina. Her books include "A Shrimp Learnt to Whistle" and "Curse
of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld."