Idea is a media platform created by young professionals who promote smart large-scale reforms in Belarus. Idea magazine studies global trends and other countries’ ‘learned lessons’ and wittily delivers them to the readers. We want to stir up the Belarusian pond with new ideas and work together to make the Belarusian politics mindful, the economy innovative, and the society open.

The platform’s authors and readers are educated people with a wide range of interdisciplinary interests. We want our readers to discover and develop together with us and we want to inspire change both at a personal level and in the society at large.

Idea serves as a popular place for public discussions where business leaders, civil activists and representatives of international organisations can engage in a direct multi-faceted dialogue with a new generation. Each month, we organize open discussions attended by over 70 participants.

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Our team
Ryhor Astapenia
Ryhor Astapenia
Idea’s Founder and Editor-in-chief
Ryhor works as Development Director and analyst for the Ostrogorski Center while preparing a PhD thesis titled “The International Identity of Belarus” at the University of Warsaw. He comes from Salihorsk and is interested in Eastern European affairs.
Anton Radniankou
Anton Radniankou
Idea’s Executive Director
Anton was born in Homieĺ, studied foreign affairs at Minsk State Linguistics University and the analysis of financial markets at Belarusian National Technical University. He works as a project manager in regional sustainable development for charity Interakcia. His expertise includes urban planning and mobility, economy and IT industry analysis.
Maryia Rusak
Maryia Rusak
Alumna of the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, she graduated from Princeton University with a magna cum laude diploma in architecture and urban planning. Maryia’s spheres of interest include reforms of educational processes and interdisciplinary urban development research. Now Maryia is a Master’s student at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She comes from Minsk.
Ina Chanchavik
Ina Chanchavik
Ina studied at Brest State University, the Humanitarian Academy of Pultusk and Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. She worked as a teacher and headed the European Information Center in Brest. Currently, Ina works as a journalist and editor for BelSat TV channel. She was born in Brest.
Gleb Martinov
Gleb Martinov
Gleb studied at Minsk State Linguistics University, Lincoln University in the United States and the University of Oslo. He interned at Missouri House of Representatives and a Belarusian company in Venezuela. Gleb is a workforce mobility manager at a large Belarusian IT company. Gleb comes from Viciebsk.
Volha Harapuchyk
Volha Harapuchyk
Volha graduated from a state administration and law faculty of the Academy of Public Administration in Belarus and worked for online newspaper Nasha Niva. She contributes to such multimedia websites as 34mag.net and 90s.by and is on staff at marketing.by where she focuses on the Belarusian market of business communications.
Ilya Shyla
Ilya Shyla
Idea’s Technical Director
Ilya creates and maintains websites cooperating with several IT companies. Ilya comes from Salihorsk. He is an MA student at Gdansk University, Poland.
Aleś Čarniakovič
Aleś Čarniakovič
Aleś was born in Pinsk. He studied state politics in Oxford and graduated from the faculty of finance and banking at Belarusian State Economic University. Aleś also received a Master’s degree in European international politics at the University of Maastricht. During his work at the FRIDE analytical center he studied the transformation processes and EU policies in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Wiktor Szukielowicz
Wiktor Szukielowicz
Idea’s Editor
Wiktor works as a journalist while preparing a PhD thesis in theology at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. Wiktor interned at the Polish TV in Chicago and the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He edited the book Poland through the Eyes of Belarusians and writes for such web resources as belsat.eu, nn.by, westki.info, catholic.by, and others. Wiktor comes from Župrany, miany district.
Aksana Rudovich
Aksana Rudovich
Aksana comes from Valožyn, studied law and public administration and received her Master's degree in economics from Belarusian State Economic University. She works at Nasha Niva weekly newspaper.
Ivan Shyla
Ivan Shyla
Ivan comes from Salihorsk, works as a freelance journalist for Radio Liberty, Nasha Niva newspaper and BelSat TV website. Ivan studied law and public administration at the University of Silesia in Katowice and the University of Gdansk in Poland.
Vasil Byalko
Vasil Byalko
Idea’s Video Editor
Vasil was born in Minsk, studied journalism and critical urbanism at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. He graduated from a BBC course for video journalists and works in video production.
Kasia Vasilyeva
Kasia Vasilyeva
Idea’s Translator
Kasia works as a translator and interpreter. Kasia graduated from Minsk State Pedagogical University. She cooperates with a number of Belarusian independent media and civil campaigns, publishing houses and initiatives. Kasia also works as a simultaneous interpreter at various educational and political events.
Aleś Alachnovič
Aleś Alachnovič
Aleś is a PhD candidate of the Warsaw School of Economics and works as an economist at Ernst & Young consulting company. He received his Master's degree at the London School of Economics and the Warsaw School of Economics (under the supervision of Professor Leszek Balcerowicz), studied management at the National University of Taiwan. Aleś worked at McKinsey, the National Bank of Poland and the research center CASE Belarus.