Lossi 36 brings you news, analysis, and photography from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. We are committed to providing high-quality content while shining a spotlight on the work of students and up-and-coming professionals.

Our mission

Lossi 36 aims to become:

  • A reliable source on the news, politics, and society of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
  • A springboard for students and up-and-coming professionals to launch their work.
  • A growing network for students and up-and-coming professionals to share ideas and opportunities and lend support.
  • A channel for dialogue that encourages and develops a greater understanding between different perspectives on the major issues currently shaping the post-communist world.

Our team

Louis Train

Editor-in-chief. A Toronto, Canada-based editor, writer, teacher, and critic whose work considers the intersection between culture and politics, with a regional focus on Russia. Tweet him @LouisTrain.

Laura Royer

Co-founder and editor. Currently based in Brussels, after spending a couple of years in Budapest. Editing mostly Central and Eastern Europe. Also following EU politics.

Amanda Sonesson

Co-founder and web editor. Currently based in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. Mostly focused on questions concerning gender, politics and civil society in Russia and Central Asia. Instagram

Yaëlle Oliva

Editor. A Brussels-based Eurasia-geek with particular interest in areas of civil society, politics and diplomacy in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus, currently focusing on the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy.

Why Lossi 36?

Lossi 36 began on an early September morning in 2017, when a group of international master’s students sat down together in a small auditorium in the far reaches of Europe. What had gathered us at this address – Lossi 36, Tartu, Estonia – was a shared passion for discussing politics, society, and culture related to the post-communist East.

After months of discussions, we began our journey of building bridges between people and ideas. Named after the place where we all once meet, Lossi 36 finally materialised in June 2018.