Maxim Eristavi

Nonresident Research Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center


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Maxim Eristavi is a nonresident research fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. Mr. Eristavi is also a Ukrainian writer, media entrepreneur, and civil rights advocate. He is one of the most well-known English-speaking journalists stationed in Eastern Europe. In 2014, Mr. Eristavi co-founded Hromadske International, an independent start-up news outlet that seeks to combine news analysis, high-quality journalism in English and Russian languages, and new media tools to fill perceived gaps in news coverage of Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Eristavi is a founding consultant for the Russian Language News Exchange, the first content network of Russian-language independent newsrooms in Eastern Europe. Mr. Eristavi began his career working as a news reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and has been a contributor for the BBC, CNN International, Al-Jazeera America, Huffington Post TV, Reuters, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, and Politico. He is the only openly gay journalist in Ukraine and has been an outspoken voice in raising civil rights issues of the region abroad. Mr. Eristavi is a 2015 Poynter fellow at Yale University with a focus on informational wars and pan-regional LGBTI civil rights movements. He is also a 2016 fellow at International Leadership Program, UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and a 2016-2017 fellow at Millennium Leadership Program at the Atlantic Council.