Our Team

The team that collaborates to produce the periodicals, books, and online content published by Russian Life are a diverse lot with talents and interests not limited to things Russian. 

Paul E. Richardson
Paul E. Richardson

Publisher and Editor

As Publisher and Editor, Paul Richardson oversees all editorial, design, production and management of the company's periodicals and books out of its office in Montpelier, Vermont. Involved in US-Russian business for over 25 years, Richardson headed up one of the first Soviet-Western joint ventures in Moscow, in 1989 and 1990. He is the author of three published novels, a mildly humorous book on running, and editor of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. His website is here.

Maria Antonova
Maria Antonova

Managing Editor

Maria Antonova was born in Moscow, moved to the U.S. in 1994, but returned regularly. After completing BA degrees in French and International Studies at the University of Washington, she relocated back to Moscow. In addition to her duties as Russian Life's Managing Editor, she is a correspondent for Agence France Presse.

Eileen Shine
Eileen Shine

Office Manager & Designer

Eileen brings over two decades of both design and customer service experience to her work with Russian Life. If you call in to check on your subscription, she is most likely the person you will speak with. She also assembles all of the pieces into the beautiful magazine that arrives at your home every other month.

Nora Favorov
Nora Favorov

Translations Editor

Nora Seligman Favorov is a Russian-to-English translator specializing in Russian literature and history. Her translation of Sofia Khvoshchinskaya’s1863 novel City Folk and Country Folk (Columbia, 2017) was recognized by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages as “Best Literary Translation into English” for 2018. Her translation of Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg Khlevniuk (Yale, 2015) was selected as Pushkin House UK’s “best Russian book in translation” for 2016. She serves as editor of SlavFile, newsletter of the American Translators Association’s Slavic Languages Division, and translation editor for Russian Life, for which she has been translating since 2005.

Tamara Eidelman
Tamara Eidelman

History Editor

Tamara Eidelman teaches history at one of Moscow’s finest high schools. She is a member of the Moscow and European Associations of History Teachers and works as a radio host on Mayak-24, where she writes the history program, Conjunctive Mood. She has been the magazine's History Editor since 2003. She compiles the Calendar section and regularly contributes, vetts and edits articles on historical themes. In late 2019, she started up a Youtube channel on matters historical, societal and philosophical. It has become hugely popular (with over 100,000 subscribers), and it is a great place to improve your Russian. Also, she has an active Telegram channel.

Griffin Edwards
Griffin Edwards

Managing Editor, Russian Life Online

Griffin Edwards is an MA student at Indiana University's Russian and East European Institute. His adventures in Russia include witnessing modern theater in Moscow for St. Olaf College's undergraduate research program; experiencing the joys of an all-male winter banya in Valdai; and having the honor of collecting fares for a Peterhof-bound marshrutka. He has written in the past for the Independent Voter Network in San Diego, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and D.C.'s Lugar Center.

Haley Bader
Haley Bader

Contributing Editor, Russian Life Online

Haley Bader graduated in 2020 from Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies program. Before REECA, Haley served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Comrat, Gagauzia, Moldova and ran a journalism mentoring program with her local partners. She is a lover of Russian Orthodox iconography, the shenanigans of the domovoi, the good humor and hospitality she has found in her encounters with Slavic peoples and particularly a deep bowl of selyodka pod shuboy. She has written for Peace Corps Stories and New Eastern Europe and kept a travel and adventure blog – www.sundrytravels.com – while volunteering in Moldova. 

Alexandra Curtis
Alexandra Curtis

Contributing Editor, Russian Life Online

Alexandra Curtis is a 2020 graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in both Comparative Literature and Russian Area Studies. In 2018, she completed an internship at the A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where she was offered the opportunity to participate in a folklore research expedition in the Irkutsk region. In the same year, she completed a semester-long intensive language immersion program in the Siberian city of Barnaul. Her favorite memories in Russia include participating in a Shaman ritual celebration in a Buryat village; stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Baikal; and traveling through the Altai Mountains in a Soviet-style UAZ bukhanka van. In addition to writing for Russian Life, she works as an online English as a Foreign Language teacher and curriculum developer.

Amanda Shirnina
Amanda Shirnina

Contributing Editor, Russian Life Online

Amanda Shirnina is a historian and editor living in St. Petersburg. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Cornell University in 2020. She is currently preparing her dissertation manuscript, After "Walrussia": American, Russian, Canadian, and Japanese Fur Seals between Empires, 1867-1911, for book publication. Originally from rural Michigan, she first lived in Russia in 2005 as a study abroad student in Nizhny Novgorod, returning in 2017 to conduct archival research for her Ph.D. She soon decided she couldn’t leave. In between trips to Russia, Russian Life magazine fed her obsession with all things Rus.

Scott Widmer
Scott Widmer

Web Guru

A broadly experienced engineer and problem solver with deep knowledge of ColdFusion, HTML, CSS, JS, SQL and plenty of other acronyms you'd rather not shake a stick at. Scott excels at listening to client needs and providing clever and efficient solutions. He also happens to be a competitive bowler but he’s no Roy Munson.

About Us

Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.

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