Our Team

The team that collaborates to produce the periodicals, books, and online content published by Russian Life are a diverse lot with talents and interests not limited to things Russian. 

Paul E. Richardson
Paul E. Richardson

Publisher and Editor

As Publisher and Editor, Paul Richardson oversees all editorial, design, production and management of the company's periodicals and books out of its office in Montpelier, Vermont. Involved in US-Russian business for over 25 years, Richardson headed up one of the first Soviet-Western joint ventures in Moscow, in 1989 and 1990. He is the author of three published novels, a mildly humorous book on running, and editor of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. His website is here.

Maria Antonova
Maria Antonova

Managing Editor

Maria Antonova was born in Moscow and lived for several years in the United States, studying at the University of Washington. She relocated back to Moscow to pursue journalism and has traveled extensively throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union. In addition to her duties as Russian Life's Managing Editor (since 2007), she was a longtime correspondent for Agence France-Presse and contributes to many other publications.

Eileen Shine
Eileen Shine

Office Manager & Designer

Eileen brings over two decades of both design and customer service experience to her work with Russian Life. If you call in to check on your subscription, she is most likely the person you will speak with. She also assembles all of the pieces into the beautiful magazine that arrives at your home every other month.

Nora Favorov
Nora Favorov

Translations Editor

Nora Seligman Favorov is a Russian-to-English translator specializing in Russian literature and history. Her translation of Sofia Khvoshchinskaya’s1863 novel City Folk and Country Folk (Columbia, 2017) was recognized by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages as “Best Literary Translation into English” for 2018. Her translation of Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg Khlevniuk (Yale, 2015) was selected as Pushkin House UK’s “best Russian book in translation” for 2016. She serves as editor of SlavFile, newsletter of the American Translators Association’s Slavic Languages Division, and translation editor for Russian Life, for which she has been translating since 2005.

Griffin Edwards
Griffin Edwards

Managing Editor, Russian Life Online

Griffin Edwards is an MA student at Indiana University's Russian and East European Institute. His adventures in Russia include witnessing modern theater in Moscow for St. Olaf College's undergraduate research program; experiencing the joys of an all-male winter banya in Valdai; and having the honor of collecting fares for a Peterhof-bound marshrutka. He has written in the past for the Independent Voter Network in San Diego, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and D.C.'s Lugar Center.

Hannah Halladay
Hannah Halladay

Hannah Halladay is a Senior at Cornell College studying Russian and Philosophy. She hopes to one day combine these interests into a unique and viable occupation. As to how this will occur, she isn't sure, but she is excited by the possibilities. She became interested in Russian culture through the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. In 2021 she received the Grace Wormer - Mihailo Mihailovic Russian Award for her interest in the Russian language and culture.

Rachel Rodriguez
Rachel Rodriguez

Contributing Editor, Russian Life Online

Rachel Rodriguez is a fourth year student at the University of South Carolina, double majoring in Russian and Criminology and Criminal Justice. She plans to apply for the University of South Carolina’s Master’s program starting in the Fall of 2022. She has previously written for SRAS (Study, Research, and Custom Programs Abroad), and their family of sites such as popkult.org and folkways.today. Post-graduation, she aspires to have a career where she can apply her knowledge of both Russian culture and criminology.

Scott Widmer
Scott Widmer

Web Guru

A broadly experienced engineer and problem solver with deep knowledge of ColdFusion, HTML, CSS, JS, SQL and plenty of other acronyms you'd rather not shake a stick at. Scott excels at listening to client needs and providing clever and efficient solutions. He also happens to be a competitive bowler but he’s no Roy Munson.

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Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.

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