Maxim Trudolyubov

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Maxim Trudolyubov (Максим Трудолюбов) was the editorial page editor of Vedomosti, an independent Russian business daily, from 2003 to 2015. He remains a writer and editor-at-large for the paper. In 2013, he became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times.

Born in 1970 in Moscow, Mr. Trudolyubov has worked to further open an informed political debate in Russia for the past 15 years, in various editorial roles. He writes a weekly column in Russian on societal and institutional change in Russia and a monthly column in English for The International New York Times. 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. His book Me and My Country: A Common Cause was published in 2011. A second book, about home ownership and housing in Russia, is forthcoming. He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, and was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11, and a Woodrow Wilson fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington in 2014-15.


"Putin’s Grudging Perestroika," The International New York Times, May 6, 2015.  (The Leaders who have been trumpeting Soviet grandeur on the world stage are overseeing its retreat at home.)

"Moscow's Twisted History Lessons," The International New York Times, March 30, 2015. (Because of the peculiarities of the Kremlin’s politics of history, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing struggle over Ukraine, even the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War has become divisive.)

"Putin's Evolution," The International New York Times, February 3, 2015. (How did Vladimir Putin, the president who promised Russians stability when he first came to power in 2000, become today’s high-stakes gambler, presiding over an economy in crisis and the war in Ukraine?)

"Russia’s Lost Time," The International New York Times, January 2, 2015. (In Russia, attempts to turn back the clock have always alternated with outbursts of frenetic activity.)

"The Hand That Feeds," Eurozine, August 29, 2014. (As Russia becomes more and more isolated, the Russian government will need to provide for all those who support it. Those who can provide for themselves will be the first victims of western sanctions and Russian countermeasures.)

"Putin’s Trick, or What is Ownership à la Russe," Aspen Review: Central Europe, April 2014. (The social contract between private owners and the Russian government that existed for the past ten to fifteen years is being revoked before our eyes. What will replace it?)