This site got started this past summer when a group of expats living in Russia for many years began thinking about what we might do to address a worsening and dangerous problem.
The problem is that the western media present an inaccurate, incomplete, and unrealistically negative picture of Russia, and an incorrect narrative of the past 20 years, since the fall of communism.
It seems to us that this has led to profound policy mistakes by the US and Europe, confusion and misperception.
Russia is a much more appealing, compelling, and complex story than what is being reported.
We are private publication, funded by its founders, independent of any governments or institutions.
We are launching a crowdfunding campaign in the next few weeks to raise funds in order to hire more journalists and contributors to add to our growing site. As of now, our staff is mostly voluteer, donating their precious time to Russia Insider's mission and goal.
Our core contributors come from business, finance, journalism, academia and diplomacy, and we tend to be slightly right of center, in an American and European context.
The site reflects my personal views, but we endeavor to be reasonable and fair, providing as many facts as possible.
We believe objectivity is a worthy ideal, yet opinion makes for more interesting journalism, and seek to strike a balance between the two.
If you would like to contribute to what we do, you are warmly welcome and please spread the word of our work.