the team

We are sociologists, psychologists, linguists, economists, data scientists, specialists in communication and education. Some team members are still based in Russia. For that reason, we use discretion in presenting their photos and biographies.

The team's core comprises 11 people, who all work pro bono. We are currently fundraising. If you would like to support us, please say hello at!
Responsible for the overall research agenda and implementation of the qualitative component of research design in the «School of the Dark Times», involved in organising data collection and storage.
Anna Maria Filippova
Co-authored a study on working practices in the civil service and a policy paper on the necessary changes in its organisation. Ex research intern at the Centre for the Sociology of Culture. Independent researcher in projects of
Transparency International Russia and the Crew Against Torture.
Engaged in applied sociology using mixed methods.
Daria Rud
Co-authored a study of vulnerable groups in the corona crisis. She analysed the effects of civil servants moving to the Moscow City office, from which practical recommendations emerged. She dedicated her Master's thesis to work with urban heritage (workers' housing) in a post-communist environment.
Founder of the project, social scientist with a mathematical background.
Mariia Vasilevskaia
Studied state violence and, in pre-war Russia, practices of digital civil society participation. She developed open-source code for researchers working with administrative data. Managed the data analysis department and directed mixed-methods research at the Center for Advanced Governance. Now she is teaching a course on computational methods in social research at The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
Linguistic analyst. Also a school teacher of Russian language and literature.

Teacher of Russian as a foreign language, she has worked extensively with students from different countries. Showed how the Russian language and culture can be about peace, beauty and the value of human life. Feels sure that some of her students have definitely absorbed it.
Data analyst, researcher. Engaged in automated data collection, preparation and analysis, and quantitative research design.
Danila Valko
He participated in the preparation and publication of several large administrative data sets. Examples: Russian International Agreements, Address Classifier.
She did math linguistics, data analysis, fundraising, was organizing and managing, rushing, joking, supporting.

Thank you, Nastia. We miss you.
Anastasia Emelianova
Educator, digital humanities researcher. Involved in discourse analysis, generating research ideas, and creating informational products based on research results.

As a sociologist, she has worked with themes of inequality and opportunity, exclusion, and «otherness».
Economist. Activist of the Feminist Anti-War Resistance.
Liuba Zakharova
Researched the credit insurance market in Russia. Now volunteers for humanitarian and anti-war organisations.
Trying to reconcile science and activism
Maria Bunina

Studied communication in children oncology departments, took part in team research in the field of statistical data collection on domestic violence in Russia for, on labour practices of state employees during the pandemic for the Center for Advanced Governance, on torture in police stations, prisons, and colonies for the Team against Torture.
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