June 28, 2022 | 3 pm CEST



Mischa Gabowitsch is a historian and sociologist currently based at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He works on protest and social movements, commemorative practices, and war memorials and military cemeteries, with a focus on the Soviet Union and its successor states and former satellite countries. He is the author of Protest in Putin's Russia among other books.
Mischa is an alumnus of the Albert Einstein Fellowship at the Einstein Forum (2007).

Simone Brunner is a journalist working for the Vienna office of DIE ZEIT, a German weekly. In the past she also wrote for ukraineverstehen.de (Understanding Ukraine.de) and ostpol.de and worked on the film project Gas Monopoly (ARTE and ORF) about the European gas supply chain.
Simone is alumna of the „Marion Gräfin Dönhoff Scholarship“ (2015).

Anna Skripchenko is currently working as academic assistant at the Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg on topics pertaining to energy transition in Germany. She was research assistant to the project "Surviving in adverse environments: NGOs in the political system of contemporary Russia" at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, University of Bonn, Germany.
Anna is alumna of the Ph.D. program „Trajectories of Change” of ZEIT-Stiftung (2016).  

Wladimir Velminski is a cultural scientist who has worked on History and Theory of Medial Regimes in Eastern Europe. He founded the publishing company ciconia ciconia which focuses on publishing Eastern European authors.
Wladimir is alumnus of the Ph.D. program „Germany and its Eastern Neighbours” (2004).

The alumni network of ZEIT-Stiftung focuses currently on the war in Ukraine. For over 20 years now ZEIT-Stiftung has put a lot of work into establishing close relationships to and supporting research of and about Eastern European countries, including those who had formed the Soviet Union. Consequently the work of a lot of our alumni is closely related to this region with ties reaching into many spheres.

The first virtual alumni meeting this year focused on the current situation in Ukraine and the developments that lead to the war. The second meeting centered on the state of the civil society in Russia and Russia´s political trajectory: What consequences will this war have for the people, the economy, or the culture? How can, should, and will the Western countries react?