Hi there. I’m Ilya (it’s Russian for Elijah).
I’m a writer and editor with OCCRP, a non-profit investigative journalism organization based in Sarajevo that works to expose corruption and organized crime around the world.
The stories I’m interested in mostly have to do with the problems of liberal democracy: where it came from, where it’s going, how it’s working or not working, and how to make it work better — for everyone. I’d make a joke about being cursed to live in interesting times, but all times are interesting times.
I was born in Russia, back when it was the Soviet Union and still had a National Idea. Though I moved to the U.S. as a child, the motherland will always be with me, especially through its language and its poetry. I learned English watching early ’90s Disney movies and the Back to the Future trilogy, and remain a devoted fan of both. I also speak German, badly but with relish.
Those are some of the things that move me. If they move you too — or if you just want to say hi— let’s be in touch! Find me on Facebook and Twitter. Or email me: ilya dot lozovsky at gmail. (Does this trick still work?)