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.
Team
Sergey Medvedev
Managing director and project manager: SOIN, Sustainable Development Lab, Baikal Calling, Red Square Festival
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Carina Spreitzer
Project assistant: Sustainable Development Lab, Innovate for Change
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Victoria Kravtsova
Project assistant: International Volunteer Exchange
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Alexander Formozov
Project coordinator: Innovate 4 Change, Red Square Festival
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Sergey Medvedev
Managing director and project manager: SOIN, Sustainable Development Lab, International Volunteer Exchange, Red Square Festival
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.
Carina Spreitzer
Project assistant: Sustainable Development Lab, Innovate for Change
E-mail: carina.spreitzer@soinschool.org

Carina comes from Lienz, a small town in the Austrian Alps. She studied Political Science and Slavonic Studies in Vienna and St. Petersburg. Since October 2017 Carina resides in Berlin and works at Dekabristen e.V. She is also a student of the Master's program in East European Studies at the Free University of Berlin.
Victoria Kravtsova
Project assistant: International Volunteer Exchange
E-mail: victoria@dekabristen.org

Victoria was born in Smolensk. She studied International Relations at the State University of St. Petersburg and the University of St. Gallen. Since 2017 she lives in Berlin and pursues a Master's degree in International Relations in 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. Victoria is a stipediate of the 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).
Alexander Formozov
Project coordinator: Innovate 4 Change, Red Square Festival
E-mail: aformozov@dekabristen.org

Alexander holds degrees in History and European Ethnology from Moscow State University and Humboldt University Berlin (M.A.). He maintains a research interest in ethnographic knowledge production, memory studies, urban and activism studies. Alexander was employed as project director in several NGOs – as MitOst e.V., at the Center for Independent Social Research Berlin and Dekabristen e.V. which he co-founded in 2012. He has also worked at the International Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. Alexander's main focus is on transdisciplinary projects and international exchange in the areas of urbanism, culture, non-formal education and civil society in Eastern Europe. Recently he initiated several projects aimed at better understanding and supporting urban actors of change, social innovators and engaged artists in Eastern Europe. He is one of the editors of 'Reclaim, Recode, Reinvent. Urban art and activism in Eastern Europe' (2017) – a follow-up publication to the Forum 'Coordinatesystem' in Berlin. Recently Alexander published on Russian single-industry towns on Dekoder.org. Within CISR e.V. he initiated education and networking projects for "Urban Pioneers" in Russia and Belarus and expert-exchange on this topic in cooperation with ZOIS.
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
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