Goals and Objectives

The Reforum project was founded in April 2020. The goal of the project is to create a platform for discussing the necessary positive changes in Russian society. In order to achieve this, we have launched an online platform for expert discussions, comments, and publication of reports. Reforum also conducts seminars and organizes discussion sessions online and offline for experts outside of Russia.

The purpose of the project is to develop a roadmap of reforms for Russia. Reforum is striving to create a positive agenda for the Russian society, which could ignite interest among the majority number of its citizens.

The project is wide open for cooperation with Russian scientists, as well as with public and political figures, who are active in their field for those who live both in Russia as well as abroad. Project experts will propose and discuss certain reforms, which are possible both under the current political system, and within the potential political period of transformation changes in the country.

The project exists and is supported and sustained by grants which it receives from non-profit organizations and does not have affiliation with any political figures, parties, or business representatives.

Reforum team

Project coordinator

Alexander Solovyev

Russian politician and public figure, specialist in the international relations. Assistant to State Duma Deputy Dmitry Gudkov (since 2013), Chairman of the Open Russia movement (2017-2018). One of the independent candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections in 2019. Co-author of bills on the return of direct elections of governors and mayors, the abolition of the “Dima Yakovlev law”, etc.

Project manager

Marina Skorikova

Philologist and journalist, coordinator with the network and community of Sapere Aude project. Marina is an author and moderator of the project Chronicles of Civic Life, an interactive map of civic and educational activity in the Russian regions. Alumna of Moscow School of Political Studies.

Editorial advisor

Vasily Gatov

Russian media researcher and author based in Boston. Gatov, 56, has more than 35 years of professional experience in domestic and international media. Gatov’s experience includes reporting on such important events in Russia’s history as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the 1991 failed coup’d’état, Boris Yeltsin’s presidency and the first Chechen war (1994-1997). He later served as an executive and strategist for several Russian media companies. Gatov founded Novosti Media Lab, the research and development company, fostering innovation in communication and the social impact of media. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at USC Annenberg Center of Communication Leadership and Policy.