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Olga Irisova

Guest Speaker


    January 21, 2019 — July 19, 2019

    Professional affiliation

    Political Analyst, Cofounder, and Editor-in-Chief, "Riddle"

    Wilson Center Projects

    Improving Western Strategy of Combating Disinformation Campaigns: Cognitive Science Instead of Technical Debunking as a Key Solution to the Problem

    Full Biography

    Olga Irisova is a political analyst, Cofounder, and Editor-in-Chief at Riddle, an online journal of Russian affairs. Her work focuses mostly on Russian media policy. Currently she is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellow. In 2019 she was a Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution with the Kennan Institute. From 2015 to 2018, she was Senior Editor at Intersection and Analyst at the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. She is also the editor and co-author of the book A Successful Failure: Russia after Crime(a) (2017, Warsaw). In addition, she is an alumni of the Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe. She is a Specialist in International Relations from Udmurt State University (2011) and also received her Master’s degree from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2013).

    Major Publications

    Why Russians are not unique // Journal “Riddle”


    Умное регулирование: Что следует учесть, проводя реформу СМИ в постпутинской

    России // Проект «План Перемен»

    (Формула Свободы: можно ли делать СМИ независимыми от властей и олигархов?

    // Эхо Москвы