Michael Gentile and Dmytro Potekhin

Michael Gentile is professor of human geography at the University of Oslo. His research foci include topics related to urban development and geopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe, and in Ukraine in particular. In 2001 he conducted some involuntary fieldwork hosted by the security services of an illiberal post-Soviet republic, deepening his understanding of the Soviet mindset.


Dmytro Potekhin is founder of the Nonviolent Solutions Agency and CEO of CivicOS.net. His background is in international relations, and he used to work as political analyst at the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine. He was one of the organisers of the 2004 Orange Revolution. In 2014, was abducted by the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and spent 48 days in one of the DPR's concentration camps – an opportunity which he seized to speak with pro-Russian terrorists, aiming to understand the Soviet mindset.