Our writers

Aygun Rashidova

Aygun is a freelance journalist publishing in Azerbaijani and regional media, including her current work as a multimedia producer at Voice of America. She has also worked on international documentary film festivals including CineDOC-Tbilisi and DokuBaku and is the founder of Sevil, an international women’s documentary film festival in Azerbaijan.

Bahruz Samadov

Bahruz is a political activist and PhD candidate at Charles University in Prague.

Bakar Berekashvili

Bakar Berekashvili is a professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Georgian American University in Tbilisi.

Bashir Kitachayev

Bashir is an independent journalist and photo reporter from Azerbaijan. His main focus is on the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict, propaganda, and the politics of the South Caucasus and the CIS region.

Benedikt Harzl

Benedikt is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and Assistant Professor at the Russian East European Eurasian Studies Centre (REEES) at the University of Graz, Austria.

Catherine Pilishvili

Catherine is a senior associate with the Europe and Central Asia programme at Human Rights Watch.

Chloe Borkett

Chloe is a documentary photographer who explores contemporary culture and the political themes that underpin it.


CRRC Georgia (the Caucasus Research Resources Centre) is a non-governmental, non-profit research organisation, which collects, analyses and publishes policy relevant data on social, economic and political trends in Georgia.

The Caucasus Datablog

The Datablog analyses issues and trends in the region using data and public polling. It is a collaboration between OC Media and CRRC Georgia.

David J Kramer

David is a senior fellow at Florida International University’s Green School of International and Public Affairs, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and author of Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin’s Regime.

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