Arkady Ostrovsky, PhD

Arkady Ostrovsky is Russia and Eastern Europe editor for The Economist. Prior to this role, he was the Moscow Bureau Chief for The Economist reporting on the annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine among many other subjects. He joined the paper in March 2007 after 10 years with the Financial Times, where he covered Russian politics and business, including the Yukos Affair. He is the author of The Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War, which won the Orwell Prize in 2016. He is a regular contributor to radio and television programs around the world, including the BBC and NPR. Ostrovsky holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge; his work in literary scholarship includes contributions to the first Cambridge History of Russian Theatre and to publications on theater history as well as translations of English literature into Russian.