Maxim Trudolyubov is a Senior Advisor at the Kennan Institute and the Editor-at-Large of Vedomosti, an independent Russian daily. Mr. Trudolyubov was the editorial page editor of Vedomosti between 2003 and 2015. He has been a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times since the fall of 2013.

Mr. Trudolyubov writes The Russia File blog for the Kennan Institute and oversees special publications. 

Mr. Trudolyubov has worked to further open an informed political debate in Russia for the past 17 years, in various editorial roles. He writes a weekly blog for the Kennan Institute and a weekly column in Russian on societal and institutional change in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has anchored a talk show on the radio station Echo of Moscow, and is regularly invited to comment for various news outlets in Russia and other countries. Previously, Mr. Trudolyubov was foreign editor for Vedomosti, an editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital, and a translator for The Moscow News, an English-language online newspaper.

Mr. Trudolyubov has also worked as a librarian for the Synod Library of the Russian Orthodox Church and translated books on art and culture. He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11. His recent books include: Me and My Country: A Common Cause. Moscow School of Civic Education, 2011; People Behind the Fence: Private Space, Power and Property in Russia (in Russian). Novoye Izdatelstvo, 2015; Co-author Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine. Columbia University Press, 2015.


Recent Publications:


“The Hand That Feeds: The first victims of sanctions and counter-sanctions,” Evrozine, August 29, 2014.

“The Stalinist Order, the Putinist Order: Private life, political change and property in Russian society,” Evrozine, June 25, 2013.

“Russia: A Society in a Test Tube,” Aspen Review, No. 2, 2013.

“Kremlin's Domestic PR Campaign Is a Sad Farce,” The Moscow Times, September 22, 2015.

“Russia's Latest Fake Election,” The New York Times, September 16, 2015.

“Russia's Brave New Crisis,” The Moscow Times, August 24, 2015.

“Is Russia the New Iran?” The New York Times, August 11, 2015.


“Как Россия стала авиацией Башара Ассада“, Ведомости, 8 октября, 2015.

“Век непонимания и конфликтов,” Ведомости, 1 октября, 2015.

“Сценарные курсы Кремля,” Ведомости, 18 сентября, 2015.

“Как заставить граждан полюбить бедность,” Ведомости, 30 августа, 2015.

“Из кризиса выйдет другая страна,” Ведомости, 21 августа, 2015. 

Previous Terms

Former Fellow, Kennan Institute, project title: “Free Media in Unfree Environments (The Halfway House: How Russia's Incomplete Institutions Affect Media and How Media Affects Institutions)”