My name is Eugene Ivanov.  I was born in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, when Estonia was still part of the Soviet Union.  In 1981, I received a Ph.D. in Genetics from St. Petersburg State University and for the next 20 years, I’ve been working in research labs in Russia, France, and the U.S.  In 2003, I decided that I was done with science and went to work for a company specializing in open innovation and crowdsourcing.  I live in Massachusetts and believe that one must protect the environment and Massachusetts Republicans.

Politics has always been my passion, and after splitting my adult life almost evenly between Russia and America, I’m keenly interested in how political decisions are made in both countries. Naturally, I’m concerned about the state of U.S.-Russia relations and want to see them improved.

Many men of my age go through what is routinely called a “mid-life crisis.”  For some, it appears as acute interest in sport cars; for others, in young women.  My mid-life crisis emerged as a realization that it wasn’t enough for me to just read, think and talk (to my wife) about politics.  I felt that I must share my thoughts with other people.  Hence this blog.

3 Responses to About

  1. Elisabeth says:

    “A courageous and explosive exposé…” — Orlando Figes, author of Natasha’s Dance

    Hello Eugene,

    I am writing to gauge your interest in EXPELLED: A Journalist’s Descent into the Russian Mafia State (available 5/22), a haunting personal account of Luke Harding’s time as a foreign correspondent in Russia, for feature consideration on your website or blog.

    A snapshot: In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a correspondent for the British newspaper, The Guardian. Within months of his arrival, mysterious agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service – the successor to the KGB – had broken into and bugged his apartment, followed him on the streets, and even summoned him to the KGB’s notorious prison, Lefortovo. All this was just the beginning of an extraordinary psychological war against the journalist and his family, for in 2011 the Kremlin expelled Harding from Moscow—the first western reporter to be deported from Russia since the Cold War. EXPELLED is a brilliant and harrowing exposé of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called “enemies,” which include human rights workers, western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists. Harding gives a personal and compelling portrait of a Russia that – in its desperate bid to remain a superpower – is descending into a corrupt police state.

    I think Harding’s background as an award-winning foreign correspondent and his brutally honest portrayal of what it was like to live and attempt to work abroad make EXPELLED a great fit alongside the journalism-based content on your website. I would be happy to send you a complimentary copy of the book to consider for coverage online or in a print publication, if you have one. What is the best address at which to reach you?

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    All best,

    Elisabeth Tone
    Marketing Assistant
    Palgrave Macmillan
    175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 203
    New York, NY 10010
    p: 646.307.5343
    f: 212.982.5562
    e: elisabeth.tone@palgrave-usa.com

  2. Hello Eugene,
    I would appreciate a chance to talk about cooperating on Russia-related topics. My email is dmitri.linnik@gmail.com. Thank you very much.

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