About us

Dekabristen e.V. is a Berlin based NGO focusing on international cooperation with civil society organizations, grass-roots initiatives and social entrepreneurs from Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Team

Sergey Medvedev
Managing director
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Viktoria Ulrich
Finance Manager
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Victoria Kravtsova
Tinatin Gurgenidze
Project coordinator: Act | UP
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Ekaterina Romanova
Project coordinator: Red Square Festival
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Magdalena Patalong
Timofei Evseev
Web designer
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Mila Delarova
Graphic designer
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Magdalena Patalong
E-mail: magdalena.patalong@dekabristen.org

Magdalena studied political science at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and completed her master's degree at the Eastern Europe Institute of the Free University of Berlin. During her master's degree, she dealt with artistic protest and civil society engagement of Ukrainians during and after Euromaidan. After completing her studies, Magdalena worked as a tutor for the joint program of the Free University of Berlin and the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). In 2017 she became a consultant at the Federal Foreign Office, where supported civil society actors - especially from Ukraine - as part of the program "Strengthening cooperation with civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia". Since April 2020 Magdalena has been working as a project coordinator for "Innovate for Change" and "Sustainable Development Lab" projects.
Victoria Ulrich
Finance manager
E-mail: viktoria.ulrich@dekabristen.org

Viktoria studied Slavic Studies and Economics at University of Freiburg. Afterwards, she graduated from Moscow State University of Management with master degree in project management. In 2016 Viktoria already worked as an intern at Dekabristen e.V. During her studies in Moscow she also gained further experience working as a project assistant for the Goethe-Institut and the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce.
Sergey Medvedev
Managing director
E-mail: vorstand@dekabristen.org

Sergey Medvedev, M.A., is a managing director of the NGO Dekabristen e.V. in Berlin that is aimed at advancing German-Russian social entrepreneur network. Sergey was born in Russia, obtained his diploma in International Relations and PhD in History from the University of Voronezh and Master's degree in Political Sciences from the Free University of Berlin. Between 2012 and 2014, he was a project assistant at the German Institute for International and Security in Berlin (SWP). In 2016, Sergey worked as a project manager at the Moscow Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Since 2015, Sergey has been implementing capacity building programs for social entrepreneurs and civic activists in Germany, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.
Ekaterina Romanova
Projekt coordinator: Red Square Festival
E-mail: romanova@dekabristen.org

Ekaterina is from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She studied languages at the Nizhny Novgorod State University and nonprofit-management at University of Arkansas, USA. Since her graduation Ekaterina has worked as a project coordinator in various NGOs and initiated several noncommercial projects and festivals in her city. Ekaterina moved to Berlin in 2017 and at the moment pursues a bachelor in communication design in HTW.
Victoria Kravtsova
Project manager: Bridging Feminisms
E-mail: victoria@dekabristen.org

Victoria was born in Smolensk. She studied International Relations at the State University of St. Petersburg, the University of St. Gallen and at the joint Master's program of the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University and the University of Potsdam. Her research interests are gender, post- and decolonial studies in the countries of the former USSR. Victoria received a scholarship from Heinrich Böll Foundation. In St. Petersburg, she participated in protests and human rights initiatives and supported the work of charitable organizations AdVita and Shag Navstrechu. Victoria is a mountaineer and worked as a guide in the nature park 'Belukha' (Altai).
Tinatin Gurgenidze
Project coordinator: Act Up
E-mail: tinatin@dekabristen.org

Tinatin lives and works in Berlin. She studied architecture and urban design in Tbilisi and Barcelona. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis concerning the (post-) Soviet mass housing settlement of Gldani, a suburb of Tbilisi. Tinatin's work concentrates on a sociological approach towards architecture and urban space. In her work she tries to understand what happened to Gldani in the transition period after Georgia regained its independence in 1991. In addition to authoring several publications and lectures, Tinatin is the co-founder and artistic director of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. Since August 2019 Tinatin works at the Dekabristen e.V. in Berlin and coordinates the project ACT UP "Activating Urban Periphery in eastern Europe".
Timofei Evseev
Web designer
E-mail: timofei@dekabristen.org

Studied sociology at the Higher School of Economics and the European University in St. Petersburg. Freelancer, web design, front-end development. Taking pictures.
Mila Delarova
Graphic designer
E-mail: delarova@gmail.com

Studied restoration and architectural environment design at St. Petersburg State University. Engaged in design, architecture, urban research. Several years ago, she and her colleagues founded the architectural group u And., which specializes in urban projects and participatory design.

Who are the Decembrists?

Dekabristen e.V. is a German non-governmental organization for human rights in Russia and Eastern Europe. The NGO was founded in Berlin in 2012 after election observation at Russian embassy, a series of street actions against election fraud and political repression in Russia. The founders conducted screenings of documentary films, discussions with politicians and human rights activists and supported young artists with Eastern European background in Germany. In 2015, several projects were launched to support civil society and promote dialogue between Germany, Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe. Nowadays in close cooperation with partners in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, the 'Decembrists' organize capacity building programs for social entrepreneurs, volunteer exchanges, exhibitions the cross-disciplinary festival 'Red Square'.


The name of the organization comes from the Russian word "December" and refers to two meanings. On the one hand, the Decembrists entered the history of Russia as the first intellectuals who opposed absolutism, censorship, serfdom, and advocated for a constitution that would guarantee rights and freedoms to all people of the Russian Empire. This name stuck with them after the unsuccessful uprising of December 14, 1825. On the other hand, "Dekabristy" points to the historical significance of the mass demonstrations of December 2011, which became a turning point in the development of the civil society of contemporary Russia. In Berlin, representatives of the Russian-speaking community and German human rights activists, who organized protest actions "For Free Elections in Russia", after one report on Russian television called their group in social networks 'iдекабристы' ('idecembrists'). In 2016 this also led to their organization being renamed to Dekabristen e.V.
Board
Sergey Medvedev
Head of board
M.A. Political Sciences
Alexander Formozov
Deputy head of board
M.A. European Ethnology
Tatjana Nagorski
Treasurer
Lawyer and tax consultant
Nagorski & Partner
Berlin Office
dvor
Dekabristen e.V.
Ahlbecker Str. 3
10437 Berlin
Donation
Bank: DKB
IBAN: DE20 12030000 1020168561
BIC: BYLADEM1001