2013 pushkin house prize judges
Sir Rodric Braithwaite studied French and Russian at Cambridge, and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1955. He was British ambassador in Moscow (1988-1992), and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Major and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (1992-3). Since leaving government service, Rodric Braithwaite has been a Governor of the English National Opera, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Music, Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank. He is a member (formerly Chairman) of the International Advisory Council of the Moscow School of Political Studies. He is a member (former Chairman) of the Programme Committee of the Ditchley Foundation and an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge, and an Honorary Doctor and Professor of Birmingham University. He has written two books on Russian affairs: "Across the Moscow River" (2002) and "Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War” (2006), which has appeared in eighteen languages. His latest book is “Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-1989” (Profile Books, 2011). He has contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The New Statesman, Prospect Magazine, and Survival.
A.D. Miller studied literature at Cambridge and Princeton. In 2000 he joined The Economist; from 2004-7 he was the magazine's Moscow correspondent- travelling widely across Russia and the former Soviet Union - and is currently its Southern correspondent based in Atlanta, United States. He is the author of the acclaimed family history 'The Earl of Petticoat Lane'; his first novel, 'Snowdrops', set in Moscow, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the CWA Gold Dagger and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, and is translated into 25 languages.
Rachel Polonsky is an Affiliated Lecturer in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Murray Edwards College. She writes on Russian literature, cultural history and politics for a wide range of journals, newspapers and periodicals including The TLS, The New York Review Of Books, Literary Review, Prospect and The Spectator. Her most recent book is "Molotov's Magic Lantern" (Faber), which has been translated into several languages, won the Dolman Prize for Travel Writing (2011), and was a Finalist for the LA Times History Prize, the Warwick Prize and the Prix Medicis essais.
Lord Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. He is chairman of the Governors of Brighton College. He is currently Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. In the 1980s, he was a founder member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and remained in the party until its dissolution in 1992. He was made Chief Opposition Spokesman in the Lords, first for Culture, then for Treasury Affairs (1997-9), but he was sacked by the then Conservative party leader, William Hague, for publicly opposing Nato's bombing of Kosovo. In 2001, he left the Conservative Party for the cross benches.
He is a director of the Moscow School of Political Studies and was the founder and executive secretary of the UK/Russia Round Table. Since 2002, he has been chairman of the Centre for Global Studies. In 2010, he joined the Advisory Board of the Institute of New Economic Thinking.
Dmitri V. Trenin, Ph.D., is director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and has been with the centre since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and the Russian International Affairs Council. He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993–1997, Trenin held a post as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. In 1993, he was a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Trenin is the author of several books, including "Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story" (2011); "Getting Russia Right" (2007); and "The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization" (two printings, 2002 and 2001). He is also a frequent commentator for the world news media, including CNN, BBC, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist. He serves on the editorial boards of The Washington Quarterly, International Politics, Pro et Contra, Insight Turkey and Baltic Course.