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Maria Stepanova

Maria Stepanova

(Russian Federation, 1972)

A liberal voice in a media landscape that is completely under government control.

As a journalist, publisher, free-press activist and poet, Maria Stepanova is one of the best-known cultural figures in today's Russia. Her independent and crowd-funded online journal. Her most recent collection, Spolia, consists of two long poems, both thematically underpinned by the war currently being waged in eastern Ukraine – a civil war, as for Stepanova all wars are civil wars – pitting Ukrainians against Russians. Not only is the current political situation a subject of Stepanova's work, but to a certain extent it also determines its poetic style, resulting in a tone that is fragmented but powerful.

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